Have fun, Think a lot, feel free; Review of The house that BJ built by Anuja Chauhan

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Book Name            :    The House That BJ Built
Author                    :    Anuja Chauhan
   :    Westland

Number of Pages   :    410
Publishing Year     :    2015
Edition                    :    Paperback

Rating : 4.0

But what
to do about her four pushy aunts who are insisting she sell? One is bald and
stingy, one is jobless and manless, one needs the money to ‘save the nation’
and one is stepmother to Bonus childhood crush-brilliant young Bollywood
director Samar Vir Singh, who promised BJ upon his deathbed that he would get
the house sold, divvy the money equally and end all the bickering within the

The first word baby Bonu ever spoke was ‘Balls’
and indeed, she is ballsy, bullshit-intolerant, brave and beautiful. But is she
strong enough to weather emotional blackmail by the spadefull? Not to mention
shady builders, wily politicians, spies, lies and the knee-buckling hotness of
Samars intense eyes? Sharply observed and pulse-quickeningly romantic, this is
Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best!
I’ll make my sisters squirm like well-salted earthworms. I
won’t sell. Even my jutti wont sell. And if I die na, then even my gosht won’t
sell! The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would never agree
to sell her hissa in her Bauji’s big old house on Hailey Road. And her daughter
Bonu, is determined to honor her mothers wishes.

Bonu meets Samar after three years. She realizes
that she still breeds the deep felt attraction to her step-cousin that she had
towards him. Samar is also attracted to the unique brat of a girl but he pulls
himself back since he is already in a relation. In order to avoid unnecessary
fights between his Dauhgters, BJ decides to sell the house. But soon after the
decision is taken, an unfortunate incident happens. Samar takes the
responsibility to sell the house but Bonu is hell bent to protest the sale.
Soon other external factors joins hands against the Thakurs to prevent them
from selling the house. Bonu decides to keep aside the domestic grudges and
help Samar.
As a side track, which later becomes the main track,
we can see Samar’s career as a director going through a difficult phase where
Bonu’s business is also at stake. Will they succeed? Will they confess their
love? What will happen to the house that BJ built?
Bonu Singh  – Female Protagonist, BJ’s
Grand daughter.
Samar Vir Singh  – Male Protagonist, BJ’s
Anjini, Chandralekha, Debjani, Eshwari  – BJ’s daughters
Ashok Narayan Thakur, Bhudevi and Gulab Narayan  – BJ’s brother
and family.
Laxmi Narayan Thakur  – BJ
cast is really vast with characters like Zeeshan Singh, Susan Adams,
Tring Brothers, Mustaq, Cougar, Doulat Master, Parveen, the Shekhawats, 
more and more
My Review
The House That BJ Built is the sequel of the
bestselling novel Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan. The sequel is more
about Bonu Singh (daughter of Late Binodini Singh) and Samar Vir Singh (stepson
of Anjini Singh). The wavering feeling of the step cousins for each other, the
problems they face, the solution they imply all are rendered seamlessly. 
character build up of Bonu and Samar is so perfect that we can envisage them.
Every minute details are taken care of impeccably. Even if the cast is huge,
all characters are given due importance. Not even once did I feel why did she
bring in this character. 
instances like Sonu and Samar in the house of the Shekhawat’s is rendered
palpably. With her writing style she succeeded in giving a 3D
projection of the story.
can get a glimpse of the first book so that those who haven’t read the prequel
would not be stumped. 
book cannot be just classified as a chick lit. It has other dimensions as well.
Struggle of Bonu,  her illegal but rightful business, exploitation of the
Trings by Mustaq, the viral video of Samar and Zeeshan, the cat fight between
sisters are all reflections of sleazy reality around us. The cover image
is good. Overall the book is worth the money spent.

Overuse of Hindi words can be seen all through the
book. It is fine if concentration is purely on an Indian reader-base but if
taken in an international front, a glossary would have done the purpose.
bitchiness between the sisters became over the top at some areas. 
One Liner

A Fun read, with a serious thought provoking note.

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About the author

Anuja Chauhan is an Indian author and advertiser. She worked in
the advertising agency, JWT India, for over 17 years. She has written 3 novels,
The Zoya Factor (2008), Battle For Bittora (October 2010) and Those Pricey
Thakur Girls (January 2013). All three books are romances.

Reviewed for the publisher

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy from the Author in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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