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