Book Review: Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

Title: Half Girlfriend
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat
Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

Half Girlfriend, more than a love story, is a tribute to those who despite having enormous intelligence and intellect are looked down upon as English doesn’t come naturally to them; conversing in English is like solving a complex mathematical problem to them as they think in Hindi or in their native language and translate it into English, a process which takes ages and even if they are done away with the maths of the English the pronunciation (something hard to master for anyone who has borne in a local language speaking surrounding) catches them on wrong foot or rather in noman’s land.

CB has definitely raised a valid issue and he deserves accolades for that and that can be his reason to keep it simple in terms of narration, language, sentence construction and other intricacies of storytelling. However, the commercial side of this marketing-genius author can’t be overlooked. Anyway, the story sticks to its central idea throughout.

For me, Half Girlfriend is a half-hearted attempted at addressing the problem he claims to with the same spice of non-convincing, bollywood-topped romance; no wonder it’s going on celluloid. I am keeping this review almost open-ended because I want you to read the book and find out how you find it. For me it’s a half-grilled, half-hearted novel which is written more for silver screen than for the paperback but that is the way storytelling these days has become. And the production of the film is already on the floors. Mohit Suri, Murder series fame, is directing the movie.

Read some latest tweets by Chetan Bhagat straight from the sets of the film:

 

You can buy Half Girlfriend from Flipkart.

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