I finished the book less than a minute ago, and all I have in mind is “Aww..”. Such an adorable end to a book that started with a weeping guy and a dead girlfriend.

So there is thisΒ poor-boy-loves-rich-girl story. He doesn’t speak English, she does. He isn’t wealthy, she is. He wants her, she doesn’t. Atleast not in the way he wants her. Does your mind scream “Typical..!!” ..? Oh yes, but read on to find how Madhav from Dumraon, Bihar managed to fall for Riya Somani , from the Somani Ifrastructure Groups of Delhi, and got rejected back to back. Till she died. As simple as that.


Boo ! πŸ˜›

The Good :Β The dialogues in Chetan Bhagat books are always real. As real as the characters are sitting in a nearby table and talking. Nothing extravagant or posh. Just the way, you wouldΒ have spoke. Hence making sure you get instantly and effortlessly engrossed. The description of the characters are to the tee and you can visualize them and also quickly imagineΒ what kind of retort they’d give. πŸ˜€ The Rani Sahiba, Ojha, Samantha and Sailesh were also just apt and never spoke a word out of place. In the parts where CB purposely writes bad English to make the character look like a non-English type (as the author puts it) – is real. And conveying the message, that you can speak clean English if you just try enough, is inspiring for a lot other people who lack the confidence. And the book has tips on the topic too πŸ˜‰ Finally, have to mention about the climax. Makes you close the book with fulfillment and a smile. Dead girlfriends bring happiness too πŸ˜‰

The Not-So-Good: Too much history to justify *classic* Riya’s character. Filmy. It’s not exactly a negative, but the book looks like it has been written to be made into a movie. And the official announcement that the book has already got producers (including CB himself!) doesnt help much. But it’ll sure make a Bollywood blockbuster.Β 

Final Verdict : If you’re looking for a feel good book that keeps you hooked and doesn’t hurt your head, this is it. It takes you along on the life journey of Madhav. You wouldn’t force the book on yourself and you need not remember vital points here and there to tie loose ends later on. Its a nice read. Get it!


Buy it on flipkart here.

P.S. Pre-ordered this book on flipkart in August and got it delivered just on the day of launch – 1st October, 2014. You guys rock. πŸ™‚

P.P.S. No, I’m not paid for advertising flipkart, I’m just a happy customer who got the book on date! πŸ˜›

P.P.P.S. And who do you think would be the apt cast for this film, considering its already scheduled to be a Summer 2015 release. !! My pick would be Adithya Roy and Deepika Padukone. I’ll cast her in every movie if I were a producer. Β  πŸ˜€



14 thoughts on “Half Girlfriend : Book Review

  1. I got the book exactly on the release day…thanks to flipkart.. Read it within a day..a simple luv story with some gud dialogues ..mid of the story is somewhat boring but overall the buk is a feel gud one..

  2. I read this book and found it to be movie material. Anyway the scenes involving madhav jha and riya are good as usual from CB. Nice book.

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