#BOOK5:Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

So here we are at post number 6 with the most trending books of the social media all thanks to Selena Gomez. So why would I pick something that has already been talked about so much? Because I have something different to say on this.

Yes, the book is about Hannah Baker and the reason why she committed suicide. I haven’t seen the show like I know the faces of the actor but I just don’t have the heart to watch another hard cover getting over dramatised only for the viewer ratings and all that crap(THAT DOES NOT MEAN I AM NOT A SELENA FAN!). But that’s not the point of this post. My main point is throughout the book Hannah just acts like a victim,someone who was misunderstood and  didn’t get the help to come out of her hell hole. But that’s an utter lie. Yes,it is. She could have stood up  to Alex or even Justin but she chose to remain silent. In an era where everything is accessible at the click of a button,ragging and bullying and body shaming are no more taboo issues that cannot be talked about.Hannah could have been a bit more stronger. Yes,Alex shouldn’t have created a list or Justin should have had more maturity or even Courtney or Sheri should not have done what they did but it was truly Hannah’s fault. Nobody can make you feel bad until you want to feel bad for yourself.Hannah should have taken the help of someone be it her parents or Clay or even Mr.Porter. Seeking your confidante’s help helps you sail through bad times. Yes, Hannah was abused and her trust was broken multiple times but so are women half her age or double her age who are raped,molested,fat-shamed and eve-teased all around the world. Not everyone hangs themselves. They make themselves stronger and face their demons sometimes alone , sometimes with the help of a best friend.

Jay Asher uses a great way to tell the story of Hannah through her tapes. The pace of the story is perfect though it becomes too much of a Hannah-Clay sob-fest at times. If you are someone who is watching the series or a lover of teenager-related  stories,this one a definite pick for you….

Till next time lovelies,

xoxoxo Chimera

#BOOK3: The Anuja Squad!

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Ok peeps, I know I recommended a romance fiction last post but this is important. It’s almost a necessity. You cannot call yourself  a romantic fiction reader unless you have read at least one book by Anuja Chauhan.

That’s a tall claim to make (I know!) BUT IT’S DAMN TRUE! So what I am going to do is to tell you my view on each book and leave it up to you read what you like.

So here it goes:-

The Zoya Factor:

This is the story of Zoya(obvious)who works in an advertising agency through which she gets to meet the Indian cricket team. Being born on 25th June,1983 and having entered the world the minute India won their first World Cup,she is considered as a lucky charm for the team yet the Indian team captain Nikhil Khoda(I kept converting it to “ghoda” which means horse,in my brain)believes this to be utter bullshit and tries to implement discipline and trust in his team. This book had an amazing plot and yet I personally did not like it(surprise,surprise). Having read the other books of Anuja Chauhan before this one, I found that the narration was a bit distorted. Since this was her debut novel,I didn’t mind it so much. She had used her inherent desi hinglish style in this book as she uses in her other books and yet it wasn’t so entertaining. I would say that “The Zoya Factor” is a one time feel-good read if you are damn bored.

Battle for Bittora:

This is the first book I ever read from the Anuja Squad and I fell in love with it head over heels. I read the book thrice before I could get over Jinni and Zain (the only problem with this was that everytime I saw the cover of this book only one phrase went in my mind “Zain(honey-gold, lean,taut)Altaf Khan”). Every thing about this book was just perfect from it’s storyline to its characters to Dadi’s downright hilarious english and all the hinglish puns. The best part was the clever and extremely funny way in which Anuja Chauhan shows Indian Politics. The love story is never over shadowed by politics though the dynamics and the ever changing faces of politicians are brought to light without much fuss or stinginess. In a country where people get offended very easily,this funny and daring take on politics is a laudable effort. Go for it if you are in need for some good laugh and hilarious hinglish puns!

Those Pricey Thakur Girls:

This prequel to “The House that BJ built” is set in the 80’s and follows the lives of  the five alphabetically named Thakur sisters namely Anjini,Binodini,Chandrakanta,Debjani and Easwari. Technically it follows the love story of Debjani and Dylan(oh he is dishy but born in the 80’s so he is technically an uncle. Sigh) but the many facets of Indian families from cunning lusty uncles to scheming aunties to dumb cousins to misunderstandings between two people who love each other. It’s your quintessential love story with all the spice and sweetness of a yummy Bollywood film. Anuja tries to show two facets of journalism existent at that time(maybe she didn’t but this is my interpretation of the book) wherein one was controlled by the government and the other was a rebellious counterpart of it. Again here, a very serious issue of freedom of speech and expression of the media is shown in a funny light without overshadowing the main issue. As a topic which is extremely relevant in the current times, this book is a must-read if you are in love with the author and love her brand of hilarious yet issue based love stories.

The House that BJ Built:

I am giving you a warning beforehand in this one: it is going to be a gush-fest because I am deeply,madly (if ever it was possible to fall for a fictional character after Mr.Darcy) in love with Samar Vir Singh. This is the sequel of  “Those Pricey Thakur Girls” and this one follows the love story of the next generation namely Bonu and Samar. This book is by far Anuja Chauhan’s best book because it has everything a love story and it also deals with the serious issue of property disputes in India. I loved this book and daydreamed about the very dishy,very suave,arrogant and yet lovable Samar and the hippie yet the strong “ballsy” Bonu. Go read this book and you are welcome in advance because I know you will thank me after you have read 😀

Till next time lovelies,

xoxoxo

Chimera

P.S. Anuja Chauhan’s next novella “Baaz” is about be launched. Go pre-order it on