Author: Savi Sharma Book Name: Stories We Never Tell Genre: Fiction
By now I have read three books by this author and looks like there will be more on the list soon. I believe, the USP of her books is the writing or language. It is simple and easy to understand and she refrains from using words that make you pull out a dictionary from the shelf.
I bought this book with an impression of this being a love story and well, it is but also not a one confused? Read on…
The kind of stressful world we all are living in, it is about time that talking about mental health is not taboo anymore. I would like to applaud the author to chose to write on this topic and present it to her audience. Is it one of the best books written on such a topic that I have read so far? No, yet I am glad that an Indian author paid much attention to devote the entire story to mental health.
Jhanvi and Ashray are the leading characters of this novel. Both are poles apart personalities yet by the end of the book they find something to hold onto in each other’s broken self. The story is based on the life depending decisions of this century, aka, followers, and social media. Why am I not surprised. The story includes some fun anecdotes yet make sure to keep the focus on the struggles of two-pole opposite personalities.
At one point in the story, the female protagonist of the story feels heartbroken and understands it will result in “one less follower”. Relatable much? The story revolves around these two celebrating the wins and grieving the losses in their life without realizing when or how they crossed each other’s life.
There are a few lines in this book that will be in my mind and heart for a really long time:
There are moments in our lives that change us irrevocably; these moments come without warning. Sometimes they are avoidable. Other times, it is a cruel throw of the dice. No one ever fully recovers. Recovery is a process, ongoing and always changing. The things that set you off before become irrelevant and other things become important; life will always have something else that it throws at you.
One of my favorite parts of this book is how dealing with grief has been kept humane. It is a gradual process for many. I was hooked to the story and kept it down once I finished it. I believe, explaining human emotions in words and then creating magic in the reader’s heart is the wizardry of words. Not everyone is blessed with it. However, this book was a good read did fairly well with the expectations I had. I connected to the stories of different characters.
Things I didn’t find too pleasing as my reading taste:
As I said before, getting in-depth about human emotions is a gutsy move for any writer if one can deliver it well. Grief and mental health are topics that many will connect with however, will it take a piece of their soul once the book is over? The kind which remains in your heart and lingers in your mind for days.
I found the writing lacking in this regard. It was a one-time read and left me asking for more. Jumped into the next scene without a proper closure to one. I wish, more and more Indian authors start writing on this topic and do justice to these emotions.
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