My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Published May 15, 2018
Hardcover, 304 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4.5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Crown BFYR, I received an eARC)
Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.
Like an expertly choreographed Bollywood dance scene, Nisha Sharma’s off-beat love story dazzles in the lime light.
I need to start by saying this was such a wonderfully entertaining contemporary read. I found it a bit easy to decipher very soon, but still enjoyed it. The whole movie storyline was so fun to read about and made my laugh out loud at certain movie comparisons. There’s not much I can say I honestly disliked about this one other than maybe a little more focus on the romance sections, which isn’t much.
I absolutely loved Winnie!! She was a very hard-headed, fun, strong character to read about. I can only imagine the cultural choices she had to take into consideration (or not) in her life choices. I loved learning so much about her culture, since it is so very different to mine. I thought the secondary characters, especially Winnie’s mom were awesome. They were, for the most part, loving misunderstood characters who were very well meaning, even if they went about things very differently. Raj, though annoying at points was a great ex-boyfriend and so relatable in his decisions. Let’s not get me started on how much I adored Dev! He was such an amazing addition and I would absolutely love a real life Dev!
If you are looking for a fun, mostly light-hearted contemporary summertime read, look no further. You will (most likely) learn more about a different culture, while laughing at some silly plot lines. This one I was thinking I would enjoy as much as Dimple & Rishi, but this blew that one out of the water in my opinion. The love story was cute, which is just what I want in love stories, but I found more focus on actual cultural things.