Publisher: Harper Collins
This is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Okay, they do meet, but there are some complications.
Trish is twenty-eight. She’s unemployed, overweight, single and snarky. She knows all that. And if one more person – just one more person – tries to fix her, she might explode. Sahil is thirty-five. He has superpowers. Well, kind of. He seems to think so, anyway. He’s also hot (okay, in a geeky kind of way, but still). And he plays the guitar, helps the underprivileged and talks about his feelings. Aren’t guys like that supposed to exist only in fantasies?
When Trish and Sahil meet, magic happens. Real magic, you know, like fireworks, electricity, that sort of thing. But here’s the problem. Trish doesn’t want anyone in her life. She has enough to deal with – dependent parents, flaky neighbours, bitchy editors, the works. And yet, Sahil is determined to be in her life.
‘There’s Something About You’ is about Trish, who is fat, caustic and honest. The story focuses on her life transformation from who she is, and what she becomes as she faces some hard times; courtesy her snooty elite bosses, nagging-mother, a neighbor cum friend and sort of boyfriend.
Now in a Romance genre novel, why did I mention the boyfriend at the end? Because that’s where he comes—during the tenth chapter and even after that he has been given minimal footage (please allow me to use this word). TSAY is about Trish. Period.
My peeve comes from the fact that the blurb and the cover indicate its a romance where the magic happens. But sadly for me it doesn’t. Sahil’s character is underdeveloped for a romance novel and there is no major conflict between the two.
If I take the above factor away from the equation, it’s a well written contemporary woman fiction. Trish becoming a freelance columnist is definitely interesting and I enjoyed her subtle wit and sarcastic answers. I also enjoyed the way she sorted herself even after learning about the terrible truth about her childhood.
About The Author:
Yashodhara Lal’s USP is in taking the ordinary and making it hilarious. She graduated from IIM-Bangalore in 2002 and has over 12 years of experience in the Marketing Domain across two large corporations in FMCG and media. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband Vijay, and the three small children they call Peanut, Pickle and Papad – all of whom never fail to provide her with material for her entertaining blog at http://www.yashodharalal.com.
‘Just Married, Please Excuse’ is her first book. ‘Sorting Out Sid’ is her latest work of fiction.