October 17, 2013 by thejalebichronicles
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There are some books you just can’t seem to put down, and ‘Never Say Never’ happens to fall in this category of books. On first read, no one could ever guess that this is her debut novel because each of the 208 pages brings something new and exciting to the reader. The characters remain interesting throughout and the storyline offers the reader something new and exciting at every turn.
What I liked
Despite being a book that fits easily into the chick-lit genre, (the cover is bright pink with illustrated heels,) this novel isn’t one that will make you feel like you’ve kept your brains on the bed side table before reading it. It narrates the story of Nikita, along with her best friend Aziza who is also her flat mate. Though both girls are successful (SPOILER ALERT: well, maybe not Nikita entirely) independent and beautiful, they go through the same troubles and heart aches that most of us do. The book narrates the journey of the girls’ lives, spanning from their jobs, to families, to boyfriends and eventually more. The hilarity of the resolutions that Nikita makes (thou shall not wear velvet,) to meeting inquisitive family members, is something we all can relate to. Connecting to the book comes naturally, be it in regards to the brands mentioned – Forever New, Aldo etc, or the places like – Olive&Oil. As we read this book, we realize that something that we wanted all along, maybe wasn’t meant to be. It also shows us (with hilarious situations given as examples,) that it is okay to mess up occasionally.
What I Didn’t Like
Though books are meant to be reader-friendly, the constant abbreviation of names might confuse you a little. Aside from that, the narrative is in regular verbatim and it is difficult not to wonder why authors today would not use a more sophisticated style of writing.
Aside from this, the book ends with “I would never let marriage change who I am…” implying that maybe there is a sequel out there, and there can always be mixed feelings about those.
We’re left with…
Though it fulfils reader expectations of being a true chick-lit novel, this book is far from your usual sappy, ‘Boy-meets-Girl’ story our movie producers and writers can’t seem to fall out of love with. Be it ex-boyfriends, finding our true calling, rifts with friends, families whom you love but just cannot stand, or just following your heart in, Kirpalani in her own subtle way tells us that, life works out, no matter what. Read this book for the happy ending, for witnessing the journey of a girl just like you and for the satisfaction you are sure to feel by the end of it.
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– Diksha Negi