BOOK REVIEW – Just Friends, Sumrit Shahi.

He knows everything about her, right from her favorite books to her favorite bra.
She knows everything about him, right from his favorite soccer club to his favorite x rated websites.
He will complete her English homework, even at three in the night. She will arrange an Armani suit for him, even if it calls for flirting with ugly guys.
He has her picture in his wallet. She has his number on Speed Dial.
They talk to each other all the time. They talk about each other when they don’t talk to each other.
They discuss everything from periods to play station.
They have tasted alcohol and then thrown up…together. They have bunked countless tuition… together.
They cant live without each other. YET They don’t love each other.

JUST FRIENDS is a story that revolves around the friendship between a girl and a boy. The same old question – whether a girl and a guy can be just friends is addressed in this book. There are two different stories in this book. We follow Aaryan and Tanie, and learn their stories which are quite similar.

The first story is about how Aaryan, a seventeen-year-old, with lots of ex-girlfriends, from a boarding school in Gurgaon, falls in love with Ishita, a seventeen-year-old from Singapore. He meets her at MUN (Mock UN), Delhi, and falls in love with her. More like a love at first sight. He tries to impress her. She shows no interest in relationships and doesn’t believe in love. But eventually she starts liking him. Things start to look good for Aaryan, but suddenly she realises that long distance in not going to work and leaves him. He is devasted, depressed and starts ignoring his friends. Boza, who is in love with Aaryan tries to cheer him up. Boza and Aaryan are really close friends. She knows him better than anyone else, and will go to any extent to make him happy. Her love is never reciprocated. This is Aaryan’s journey as he tries to figure out if they are just friends or more than that.

The second story, is about Tanie and Sumer. He is her new nieghbour. They both meet at a summer class and then slowly become friends over the holidays. Now they are almost inseparable. She is madly in love with Rehaan. Sumer does everything possible to make her happy, he even calls Rehaan to his place so that he can spend sometime with her. At the same time,  Sumer’s long distance relationship with Liaka is not working out as expected. Tanie gets her heart broken and Sumer comes to her rescue. She is not sure about her feelings anymore and runs away to escape reality.

Both the stories are connected. Read the book to find out more. I liked the way the connection was established. This is Sumrit Shahi’s debut novel and it was written when he was seventeen-years-old. Considering that I would say the Author has shown great potential with his debut novel.  There are lot of things that the author has written that we can relate to. Like bunking classes, board exam pressure, friendship, first love, etc. But at the same time, I felt there are just a little too many sexual innuendos in this book. Especially the first half, it took me really long to get into the book. I wish he had written little less of that.  I personally felt that this is not a book for all age groups. It is a refreshing and quick read.

My Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Reading level: 8 – 16 years
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India (23 August 2017)

I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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