Sunday, February 22, 2015

Half Girlfriend- A Book review

Author- Chetan Bhagat

Plot- Madhav is a Bihari boy with big dreams who falls in love with the beautiful Riya, a rich lass from Delhi. There are some fundamental differences between the two. Madhav’s English isn’t all that great, but Riya speaks the best English. Madhav wants Riya to be his girlfriend but Riya disagrees. She wants them to be just friends but he definitely wants more. Riya finally comes up with a suggestion, a compromise – she agrees to become his half-girlfriend!

My Take- No matter what or who says about Chetan Bhagat's set of books are just crap, I can honestly tell you that crap sells in millions. So no way am I going to give a great review about this book because I got to be honest to myself before writing rave reviews about it. But its a decent book and goes in a great flow and the story of a Bihari student and a hot delhi girl is believable. Bhagat has scripted it with a happy ending because he is soon planning a movie based on his book but the bits and pieces of Ria's life was interesting. Her childhood abuse by her father is somewhat shocking which explains her bad relationship with her parents. The bad marriage with a bossy mother in law and a weak husband who doesn't want her to be a modern girl even in the US just makes it a little sad. I was kinda teary eyed when i came to know that Ria was going to die. Her way of hiding her feelings what makes the story interesting. Madhav's constant struggle with having to speak good accented English becomes the highlight of the story and soon you find yourself hoping that our hero doesnt have to be perfect. He comes out as a man who wants to get intimate with Ria. And with all the resistence, Ria's wall of shadows begin to crumble. This story is just not just about finding love and getting married, it is about following your dreams no matter what and whom you have to leave behind. 

What to look out for? 
Well the end is certainly unexpected of a normal love story. You will love it. 

What makes it a little dull?
It looks like a script for a bollywood movie where a few dance and song sequences could be inserted.

Rating- 3/5


  1. Hmm felt the very same. But you know what, he was the 1st to prove that it will sell- the crap, and he was and is good at it and the whole nation followed. Everybody wanted to be Chetan Bhagat but its only him who knows how to be one. Some time i feel he just got very lucky. The phrase suits him - 'Right man right time right place'

    1. Yea. exactly. But i enjoyed reading it. the end was fascinatingly gripping :)


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