Dear readers I hope the magic potion of books is keeping people sane in your part of the world. In my part of the world, there are varied kinds of book-readers and I seem to have lost track of the “type” that I fit into.
The types that I know of are the ones who either love a certain genre or authors then there are some who choose the book by looking at the cover. There are some who love to read literature and then there are some who are in tune with the trends. Few find romance interesting the others love mythology good to read. For me, I do not have a preference, or maybe what I have is “phases”. Somedays a mythological read gives me a quiet from within and other days a light read of any trending books becomes my partner. Do you have certain preferences too when it comes to picking your new read?
Today we will be reviewing a book that I finished reading last week.
Book: The Ex Factor: New-age Rom-com Author: Harini Srinivasan Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
About the Author
A former civil servant, Harini Srinivasan, is an editor and a content management professional by day, and an author by night. She is an established author with books like The Curse of Anuganga, the novellas Ek Confusing Love Story, and Death at Arcade Emporia. She has also written a children’s book, The Wizard Tales: Adventures of Bun-Bun, and several short stories.
My thoughts on the storyline and characters
The story begins with an introduction to a character named “Oinderella Roy”. The protagonist of the story is funny, loyal, and takes life one day at a time. Her life seems to be as messy as it can get while she is trying to balance her work and life but to no avail. She is struggling with all the extra work at home and has a miserable work life that doesn’t exactly make for a peaceful life.
She is a relatable character with the madness of her eccentric Bengali family. Her world turns upside down when she unexpectedly crosses paths with Vivek, rekindling a heartbeat that she had long buried beneath her professional pursuits. The dynamic between the two characters is well-written and their interactions are both entertaining and emotional.
The writing style used is simple and effortless, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. However, the plot of the story isn’t new, it contains familiar tropes of a rom-com novel. The story has a potpourri of many emotions and discusses the complexities of relationships, personal growth, and the unpredictable nature of love.
For me, there are a few things in the book that didn’t go my way and it left me a bit puzzled too. My experience of reading a book in “Hinglish” isn’t much and the terms or usage of Hindi slang in almost every third sentence didn’t go well for me. It took me a lot more time than expected to finish this novel due to this. Also, the frequent use of curses was quite bothersome to me.
It is a light read with hints of laughter.
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