Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I have been trying to find time to read Nisha Sharma’s new book My So-Called Bollywood Life since it was released in May and I finally had time time to listen to the audiobook.
Title: My So-Called Bollywood Life
Author: Nisha Sharma
Note: I listened to the audiobook
Summary: Winnie Metha is a modern girl stuck between her dreams and her family’s traditions. Winnie desperately wants to study film at NYU but her family’s expect her to live by her star chart. Winnie believes that her predicted destiny will come true and she will find her soulmate in a boy with a name starting with “R”. But Winnie has been lead astray by her star chart before and has spent the last three years with the wrong boy, her now ex-boyfriend Raj. Raj has proven that he is not interested in what Winnie wants when he tried to steal her place as head of her school’s student film festival and possible ruin her chance to get into NYU. Winnie knows she deserves her own story equal to the ones in the Bollywood movies she loves so much and when she starts to connect with fellow film geek, Dev, it’s possible she has found her own destiny.
Review: The longer I think about this book the more my opinion changes. As I listened to the audiobook I was disappointed by what felt like a lack of Indian culture represented in the book. I have always been fascinated by the rich culture and traditions of India and I had hope this book would be filled with details. However, the book didn’t feel like it was…at first. After, I thought more about the story the general premise of using you star chart to decide your destiny and the family relationships actually illustrate Indian traditions which I would like actually learn more about. Beyond that aspect at the core My So-Called Bollywood Life is just a nice love story about a girl finding her place in the world and learning that she has the power to stand up for what she really wants. Winnie is a nice, if somewhat familiar, heroine who is falling in love and muddling her way into early adulthood. She is likable and her story has elements that readers can relate. Her relationship with Dev is sweet and romantic and is sure to make readers swoon. Yet, this book in no way was surprising, everything just kind of happens as expected. The plot, the characters and their actions are in no way surprising but that’s okay. My So-Called Bollywood Life is the type of book that you read when you need a mental health day and just want to read a nice little romance that doesn’t require deep contemplation and, to me, that is just fine.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5