Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soul mate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked when she returns from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek and one of the few people Winnie can count on. Dev is smart and charming, and he challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope and find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy and her chance to live happily ever after? To find her perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.
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This is the second book centering an Indian MC that I’ve read this year. And out of the two, my favorite. Self admittedly, I’m a romance & chick lit fan. (I don’t like using the term chick-lit, but I have no other way of explaining it!) My So-Called Bollywood Life (MSCBL)was light, cute and just up my alley. In comparison to Love and Other Filters, all of the relationships (romantic, familial, and friend) were better developed.
What I loved most of this book, was the fact that it was…cute, basic, light and fun. The types of teen romances I grew up reading, and the kind of book a lot of people consider themselves above reading *cough*. I’d compare this author’s style to Meg Cabot’s…but…not white. I love that it exists, because people of color deserve these types of books! We deserve books about girls being passionate about random ass subjects, and falling in love with people.
Every book with a nonwhite person doesn’t have to be sad and tear jerking. Sometimes I want to read about a black girl going to the park and eating watermelon in the summer. Like damn.
This story almost went into love triangle mode, but thankfully didn’t. After asking for a break from her boyfriend Raj, Winnie is astonished when he pops up with a new girlfriend a few days before their first day of school for the year. Raj randomly changes his mind, and decides that he DOES want to be with Winnie. But by then? Winnie has realized that their relationship was not what she originally believed it to be, and they share NO personal interests.
Enter Rav. The boy who was always in the background, waiting for his chance to shine.
I don’t know what I expected when I picked this book up, but I ended up loving this. This book took around 160 pages for me to get into it.
In a quick 280 pages, we get an idea of Winnie’s relationship with her family. She is immersed in both Indian and American culture, and it is shown in her passions, foods, fashion, and interactions with others. I love how she would constantly stop a friend, and talk about Bollywood movies with them. We also hear about her friendship with Bridget, someone who has been in her life FOREVER, and considers herself family. Each of the lover interests have a relationship with Winnie, and somehow I got a general idea of each relationship.
Here’s what I disliked :
- At the end she’s dragged by like…everyone for choosing college over her boyfriend.
She decides to leave a festival that she has dedicated a majority of her school year to, because of her boyfriend. Her new, few weeks old, boyfriend. And whne she asks the adults around her, they basically ask her if she’s willing to sacrifice for the love of her life.
Thankfully, she doesn’t throw EVERYTHING away, and instead of dropping her goals when push comes to shove, she creates an alternative almost instantly.
- Does this book pass the bechdel test? No.