Written In The Stars By Divya Anand

 Love stories have never been my genre but of late the love stories come my way as if by destiny.  When I got hold of Written in the Stars by Divya Anand, I was expecting a couple of head over heels in love. The usual love story formula was expected but that was not so.


A Cliche in a new avatar

The plot takes off in a cliche of the smart girl fighting a breathtakingly handsome boy, to find later, that she would have to work under him. But further, there is no dragged love-hate plot or sudden switch to the attraction between both. This is a fresh change for the readers. 

The protagonists ease out as colleagues and gradually a friendship develops. The relationship is naturally developing and hence engaging.

The entertaining counters

Of late "cool" characters is a rage. The protagonists who exchange counter dialogues have been pulled thin but without substance. This is where Divya Anand stands out with her quirky dialogues especially for the character of Abhimanyu. Some dialogues by the character are sure to tickle the funny bones. The imagery he uses is entertaining. 

The astrology intersection

The author has exploited the astrology angle effectively. The author has taken care not to offend anyone in the process, which is commendable. She is not predisposed to any preference or so speaks her narrative. This in turn is a welcome approach.

The sassy sisters

The relation between the sisters is the most endearing one. There are no melodramatic sequences and no dramatic emotions are flowing all over. Just natural love and unpretentious expressions. A sister telling another 'you better be dead and lying in a ditch' could be rendered as an offensive dialogue. But the author deftly established that the dialogue entails nothing but warm love and concern along with a warning to the 'always late and quitting family function' attitude of her sister. This is equally endearing and refreshing. 
Another character is that of Kavya. I would be permanently borrowing the dialogue "But I have the. right to tell you I told you so!" in future. 

The competitions

The author has established the intellect of the characters with telling but deftly including the sequence where they are regularly participating in the GK quiz. The scenario breaks the pattern of office romance or infatuation.

End with a cliche 

The climax is a tad disappointing. A cliche to bring trouble in Paradise could have been avoided. The scenario makes the book predictable and brings it back to the cliche. 

Impeccably quirky narration 

Notwithstanding the cliched seeping in through the book, it is indeed an entertaining light read. The author's choice of words are surprising and entertaining. She deftly brings humor in repartee between sisters, friends and even enemies.

Overall the book is an entertaining read for the core romance lovers who are looking forward to books without sleazy love-making sequences and Bollywood-style puppy love.

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Comments

  1. The astrology angle is now encouraging me to pic the book and I wish to read it to know if author manages to satisfy the author and reader in me

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  2. I am avid fan of romance books. Somehow, they always manage to brighten the day. This one also seems interesting enough to check. Will look it up.

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  3. I liked the cover of the book. It has that light hearted feel in it. I would love to read this book.

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  4. I love reading romantic genre books and the plot and characters of this book sounds like a typical romantic Bollywood movies. the astrology angel seems a cool touch. loved the way you have reviewed it Rakhi. from sharing about offensive dialogue related to sisters, giving your honest verdict about ending..you have covered each point so well in this post.

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  5. This book looks amazing starting from its cover to the story in it. This book looks interesting. Would read this one. This would be something new because of the astrology angle. Good work.

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  6. I love love stories, and its no wonder why I want to read this book now. This is definitely in my wishlist now, and would try to get it ASAP.

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  7. Manisha - The plot seems very interesting and a good read. Have added this book to my to be reading list. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Though a lover of romantic books, It's been a decade that I have read any romantic book. Thanks for letting me know about this book. I will get this book soon

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  9. The cover looks greatttt! Adding this to my TBR!

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  10. Loved the style of your review. Thank you for sharing such detailed review. Definitely gonna add them in my tbr.

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  11. I am not much of a romance reader, but the way you have written your review is definitely remarkable.

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  12. Kya sahi review hai. Book padhne ke jarurat nahi. ;)

    It covers all the bases I guess.


    Your English is impressive. This review is concise, structured and too the point.

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  13. Di I was about to pick this book but was not sure and didn't do that but now I repent for it. Really it has to be a must read for all. I liked the part of quiz and the counters which you wrote. Will read this asap.

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