Finding Juliet by Toffee follows the amorous adventures of a bubbly guy who will confide with you his deepest secrets while going from one failure to another, from fantasy to reality, and finally arrives at the long-awaited love. The girl of her dreams comes, as tradition says, when he least expects.
Arjun is an extremely nice chap who believes in true love and cascade in love, not just once or twice, but thrice and each single occasion, pleasure like the girls he fell for comes very close to him before pushing him away. His lone support in all his moments of heartache and depression is his childhood companion Anjali.
Depressed by the games played by the girls and destiny, he leaves Hyderabad for Bangalore, to start all over again. More sceptical and disillusioned than ever towards the opposite sex, he ends up meeting Krish, an enticing flirt, who understands Arjun's tight spot, pacifies him with his words and enlightens him in relation to the women.
Determined to do everything alone, Arjun's life changes forever, even though his past comes back to knock him. Among the adventures and misadventures, between love and illusions, the protagonist finds strength to face the most catastrophic situations with the usual dose of irony and lightness until someone comes to completely disrupt his plans. Will he, after so many disappointments, regain confidence in the great love?
The simple narrative is crisp and witty, ironic and carefree but by no means silly. The plot is not original, and in fact it is so common, used and overused as to be consumed, but the difference is made by the writer with the ability to make people smile.
The whole story is seasoned with a good handful of irony even in the most unfortunate circumstances and impracticability. It would be nice to surrender to the prospect that everything will end in the best way, as behind every closed door, there is always the long-awaited other door that opens.
It is one of those novels that must be interpreted for what it is, without trying to grasp the intrinsic meanings or revelations about the meaning of life. The only revelation is that life is very different. A pleasant novel to read, I believe that many can recognize themselves in their thirties, for those who want a light read but able to give that thump of optimism and strength to react to small and big messes of life.
The author produces a striking transposition prose of what could easily be the plot of a tragedy with excellent characterization of the distinctive characters. Defined by their words and by their attitude, the story is held together by the common thread linking love and hope to life, with the inevitable intervention of the imponderable event.
Few books have managed to get me inside in this manner, as the writing is direct, smooth, sincere and at times devastating for how to describe the inner turmoil of the main characters.
Publisher: Srishti Publishers ○ Published: 14 December 2016 ○ ISBN-13: 978-9382665854 ○ Language: English ○ Binding: Paperback ○ Pages: 224
I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.