Sara Desai’s The Dating Plan

Fiction, Romance

Quirky Engineer & the Hot VC Take on Desi Aunties

TLDR: Quick read if you’re looking for a light hearted beach read.

Review: 4/5

Summary: Imagine being fed up with Desi aunties trying to set you up with a potential husband. Now multiply that by aunties sneaking up with a suitor at your work conferences. That’s what Daisy was up against.

Then – cue dramatic music – a blast from her past – the hot gora venture capitalist – enters the picture and what ensues is something only bollywood movies are made of.

Super corny romcom that has loads of drama, cheesy moments that would never happen, and sex scenes to make any aunty squeal – this book is a good beach read and one that got me out of a reading funk.

Thoughts (with Spoilers):

Loved how the aunties called Liam, Limb or Lemon – my dad would do the same shit. Loved the accuracies from how closely intertwined South Asians are – how a relative or someone in the community will see you doing something and the whole community will know the next day to how being 27 and unmarried in the desi community is the end of the world for a woman (eeek I’m past my prime, aunties – oh no!).

All of that resonated with me minus having a high school crush make a resurgence, come up with a wild plan to get married so he can claim a distillery in his inheritance on the condition he marries. The high school crush, Liam, is a player and doesn’t ever plan to marry but the main character, Daisy, just happens to be the one to change him – makes him realize that he wants to marry and be with her. The me who loves reading romcoms, was into that – the cynic in me was like WTF – girl he ghosted you for a decade and now is creeping back into your life, what makes you think he won’t do it again? Yeah, yeah books need happy endings. If you’re a realist, this definitely isn’t for you – the story is just too absurd but if you’re a hopeless romantic, definitely give it a go!

Interested? Buy here.

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Weike Wang’s Chemistry

Coming of Age, Fiction

Brief review of a fictional chemist’s introspective ramblings.

This book is utterly frustrating — I get that that’s the point. Here’s this nameless character who’s at a turning point of her life: finishing her PhD program and deciding on a long-term boyfriend’s marriage proposal(s). This is where she begins to question everything and starts to wonder what it is that she wants out of life. That plot makes for most coming of age books, doesn’t it?

Ashley Herring Blake’s Suffer Love

Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

A contemporary teenage love story that’s doomed from the start.

I’ve been on a writing hiatus for the last two months but I’m back and ready to kick things back into gear. I’ve got seven reviews coming up so keep an eye out for those. My game plan is to post every other Sunday. The first of those is below.

Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star

Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

A serendipitous encounter of two teens as their lives are about to embark on two very different paths. 

Have you ever come across a resume with all the credentials you’re looking for yet when you meet this prospective candidate in person, it isn’t a good fit? No? How about this: have you ever swiped right on someone who sounded perfect on paper to only meet in person and discover something was amiss? No? Well you’re one lucky person.

For everyone else, that’s how I felt about this book. Logically, it seemed to have the makings of a good read. It provided a love story with relatable themes of dual cultural identity, high parental expectations, serendipitous encounters, and alternative perspectives. On top of that, New York was the backdrop with deportation looming all around (cue current political climate, how more relatable can we get). The book was also sprinkled with Korean phrases (validated by my coworker to be authentic), knowledge on the black hair market (which is dominated by the Koreans – who knew?), and the science behind love (still don’t get it but has a lot to do with hormones). All in all, it looked promising enough to quench my thirst for relatability, new knowledge, and a feel good read.

Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Fiction, Sci-Fi, Thriller/Mystery

Undercover philosophical read disguised as a sci-fi thriller 

What did I just read?! At the turn of every page, this was the question I kept asking myself. It’s difficult to concisely summarize this book without giving away parts of it so I’ll try my best to keep this description vague yet enticing. 

I purchased this book a few months ago but only recently read it as it was selected as my book club’s January read. All I have to say is damn — this book will make you think about whether or not you’re happy with life, about failed ambition, about being appreciative, about being grateful, about love, life, and family. The author hooks the reader within the first chapter. It’s hard to put this book down once you start. There are so many twists and turns; this book is a complete MIND FUCK