Book Title: The Girl Who Saw It All
Total Number of Pages: 160
Publisher: Petal Publishers
Publication Date: 25 December 2017
Genre: Fiction / Romance / Self-help
When we believe in ourselves and our life, do we really get what we lookout for? Does everything come…eventually? Between the covers is a story of a simple girl. Aarohi. Life is not as simple for her. She is a dreamer and it is some of her dreams which she herself finds weird. While facing heartbreak and finding love with a broken man, Aarohi works hard to achieve the goals she has made in life; sometimes even wondering if they are too high for her. The pursuit of her goals is her destiny; one she has to fulfill. Giving up on Rudra and diligently taking her tough profession, she meets Dr. Aditya Vardhan. . But was Aditya the man of her dreams? Did she understand what destiny was trying to tell her through her dreams? Was she ever able to get over Rudra? Were her efforts enough to bring success? Was she The Girl Who Saw It All….?
It’s been a while that I read any romance stories and reading one after a month’s long gap, sure did pull up my interest. ‘The Girl Who Saw It All’ is not only a girl meets boy kind of romance story but it can also be considered as a self-help book given that after every chapter, there’s a chapter with motivating words that ought to help a person especially a girl to find out what she actually wants in her life.
The story on the surface is a very simple story with simple characters. That was my exact thinking when I finished the first two chapters. But as the story progresses, even though the plotline remains simple, those motivational chapters becomes deep and the thoughts behind the words even deeper.
‘The Girl Who Saw It All’ has a female protagonist protagonist, Aarohi. She is really hardworking and has a soft spot for her grandmother. Aarohi shares an unique bond with her grandmother where she shares everything with her and her grandmother supports her in everything she does. But when she dies, it really affects Aarohi but as her grandmother always warned her she never stopped living her dreams.
Another turning point in Aarohi’s life comes when her friend Rudra who is being threatened by her parents that if he doesn’t marry a choice of his girl soon, they themselves would force him to marry a girl chosen by them. This makes Rudra take the next step and propose Aarohi. A confused Aarohi of course says no because she isn’t clear about her feelings for him and doesn’t want to lose him at the same time. But Rudra doesn’t want to be her friend anymore so he walks out of her life. Later on when Aarohi realises her true feelings for Rudra and she tries to confront him, she has to deal with heartbreak.
Aarohi has always set goals in her life and she always tried to achieve those goals. As she moves on in her life or at least she thinks she has, Aarohi meets Dr. Aditya Vardhan which turns out to be another turning point in her life.
Overall, the story is pretty simple and something which really happens in real life, so I could connect with the plotline and the characters too because the events and everything that was happening was relatable. What really shines in the book though are the motivational and inspirational chapters which runs parallelly with the plotline and they are arranged in such a way where they are matched with the main emotion in the previous chapter. So, if Aarohi was being too hard on herself, the next self-reflecting chapter talks about Judgements, when Aarohi was in Love, the next chapter talks about love, when she was confused, the next chapter talks about the gray shade and so on. So, that was really an interesting factor where the author related the self-help chapters with Aarohi’s emotions.
The book is written in third person. The narration and the language is simple. The pace of the book is languid and has a very good closure in the end.
The love story which blooms between the pages isn’t exactly original but for me it was also not the main part of the book. The main thing about the book was the self-help chapters. The language will be good for readers who prefers simple language. But, I personally like a bit more intermediate level of language. There were also some grammatical errors. A round of editing can definitely fix those errors. The sentence structuring, I felt, could have been better. At times, certain sentences and dialogues came across as very cold and emotionless. But, I am sure that the author will take care of these things in her next book.
Even though the plotline is simple, the book is more than just a love story. I found the motivational chapters really good, something which made me reflect on my thoughts and my life.
If you’re into simple love stories and do like self-help books, you can sure go ahead and pick this up.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐.5 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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