My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

43712792Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Publisher: Stripes
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository

Bollywood film fanatic Winnie has grown up believing the future is written in the stars. Her family’s pandit predicted she would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday. So when her relationship with Raj collapses, despite him meeting all the criteria, Winnie is lost. This is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then fellow film geek Dev challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope: is taking the future into her own hands the way to find her happily ever after? To get the perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family and, of course, a Bollywood movie star.
A fate-filled debut sure to dazzle fans of Stephanie Perkins, Maureen Johnson and Sandhya Menon.

I received this book in exchange for a review from the publisher but this did not affect my opinion at all.

This review comes to you a year after I originally read this book. Ahead of the UK publication on May 2nd, I decided that I was due for a re-read and that it was time to finally review this book.

Anyone who knows anything about me will know that this book is basically my perfect book. YA Romance + Bollywood (especially Shah Rukh Khan) = my entire existence. I loved this book the first time around and nothing has changed now.

“As much as I love Bollywood damsels in distress, I don’t need saving. I’m my own hero.”

Winnie in this book was so incredibly relatable. Her constant Bollywood film references mixed with her melodrama as a result of her love for Bollywood is basically me. I fully understand that anyone who doesn’t know Bollywood will not get all of the references – in fact, there were some that went straight over my head. But I think Nisha Sharma does a great job of explaining references as much as possible without it coming across as awkward. I’ve never really wanted to work in film but you could see Winnie’s passion for film really coming across in this book.

I actually loved all of the characters in this book (well, the ones you’re supposed to love). I would like a best friend like Bridget please. She’s so kind, funny and allows Winnie to be her own dramatic self. I also obviously adored Dev. He’s completely adorable and I wish he was real.

This is definitely not a perfect book. I do feel like the romance needed more development as it happened very quickly. I wanted more cute and adorable moments. I feel like everything in this book needed more development. It’s such a quick read but the different components don’t have enough time and room to develop.

To conclude, I love this book. I can see myself re-reading it again and again because it is just so much fun. You should definitely pick up a copy of the stunning UK edition when it releases on May 2nd.

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