Book Title: I Fell In Love and Landed Amongst The Stars
Author: Monika Mangal
Total Number of Pages: 254
Publisher: Notion Press
Publication Date: November 24 2017
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
So, I was supposed to read this book back in June but the reading slump had destroyed my urge to read. But, better late than never!
‘I Fell in Love and Landed Amongst the Stars’ is a very simple story but a beautiful one and carries a very good message. In the beginning it comes off as a college romance story very similar to the ones we read often times but then as the story develops, one could see that the book is much more than just being a campus romance.
The book features a female lead protagonist, Manvi Sharma who decided to stand up against victim blaming and also other various social issues. Victim blaming is wrong and it leaves such a negative impact on the person who has to deal with all the aftermath of an incidence. If the person who falsely framed the victim is a powerful man, it becomes even more difficult to prove the innocence of the victim and often times it is seen that the family is given money and asked to drop the charges. These people get away with such incidences because the victim isn’t supported by anyone and thus tis person has to just “forget that it all happened”.
The book has two time frames running parallelly. One is of Manvi’s college years and the other is of Manvi being an influential person who speaks against social issues and has her own Magazine, Algaav, for which she always makes appearances on the newspaper, television and other media channels.
The book also traces over depression which is very important to talk about, especially in today’s time. Manvi spills all about her life when Ankit Rohatgi comes to her office to interview her and this is when we get to know all about her life and how she came to the social standing she is now. Also, a backstory of how Algaav came into existence is given.
What I liked about the book is the message that it tries to give. Monika Mangal has narrated the story effortlessly and have maintained a consistent flow throughout the story. So, it doesn’t lag or speed up anywhere. I liked Manvi’s character. She was strong and had guts to stand up for what she believed to be right. Also, she was supportive and was seen helping out other women and used her influential status to spread love. The language is simple and can be understood by everyone who reads the book.
What I thought could have been better was the sentence structuring. The sentences were good but if they could have been put together in a way where they could deliver the thoughts clearly and bring out a vivid image of the scenes. There were a few grammatical errors here and there which could be edited out. Also, the title could have been a shorter catchier one.
Overall, it’s a good book which tries to deliver a message which we need to hear. Even though the book starts out as a romance story it completely isn’t all about love and relationships. But if you’re someone who loves to read about campus romance, then you could pick it up. This book also have some parts which is generally seen in self-helps books. So, if you’re into motivational/inspirational books, you can give this book a shot.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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