Book Review – Love & ( Mellow) Drama by Manali Desai

September 1, 2023 0 Comments

Blurb (as on Amazon) –

Gayatri Kulkarni: A Gen Z girl who has always lived under the shadow of her elder brother Sharad; so much so that she even chose her degree and college following in his footsteps. Although she doesn’t regret it, she wishes her parents would understand her dream to pursue her one true passion – DANCE.
Varun Agarwal: A millennial who believes there are no shortcuts in life. He has learned the hard way that being born into a wealthy family comes with more cons than the world would ever understand.
She belongs to a Maharashtrian middle-class family from the suburbs. He hails from an affluent family in South Bombay. The only common point between them – is Mumbaikars. How do their paths cross in this city of dreams? Gayatri believes it’s because of Abhi Agarwal, Varun’s younger brother, who also happens to be her brother’s batchmate and close friend. But Varun harboured a crush on her long before exchanging hellos and phone numbers.
Their story is a meeting of two generations and families, who are poles apart. Is there drama involved? Gayatri is often called a drama queen by those who know her. But after Varun’s entry into her life, she’s transformed from Miss Melodrama to Miss Mellowed Drama.

My Review –

The book’s strengths include its portrayal of a heartwarming romance with a Bollywood touch, intricate plot development with twists and memorable characters, and the empowering message conveyed by three strong women. The author’s attention to detail in scenes, particularly in portraying intimate moments, is commendable.
While the book has several positive aspects, it does have some drawbacks. Some parts of the story are predictable, and an abrupt tragedy can be heartbreaking for readers. Additionally, the pacing is slow at the beginning but accelerates towards the end.
Overall, this book is a great choice if you enjoy romance novels with a Bollywood feel and appreciate well-developed characters and family drama. It captures the essence of Mumbai with Bollywood references and nostalgic song mentions. The book is easy to read and perfect for a weekend escape. It explores themes of love, family, and empowerment, all set against class differences and dramatic experiences.
In essence, “Love & (Mellow) Drama” is a captivating and emotional love story that leaves a lasting impression on readers. It’s a tale of love, hardships, relationships, dreams, and resilience, with a touch of Bollywood magic.

Parameter My Rating
Plot and Storytelling  8/10
Character Development 9/10
Writing Style  8/10
Emotional Impact 7/10
Pacing 8/10
Predictability 8/10
Setting & Atmosphere 8/10
Themes and message 8/10
Overall Enjoyment 8/10
Total  72/90

My rating 4/5
You can buy your copy here.

This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon 2023

Happy reading,

Neerja Bhatnagar.

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