Posts Tagged ‘debut novel’

The god of small thingsAfter reading ”The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga I really got fascinated towards Booker prize award winner books. I picked up another book  ”The God of Small things” by Indian author Arundhati Roy, for my surprise I totally loved the book. From last 5 years I wanted to read this book, but kept avoiding it thinking award winning books will be boring. Now I will have to change this view towards award winner books.

”The God of Small Things” is really a  master piece. This fiction seems so real here. This is about the sad, poignant breakdown of a family in the 60’s in a place called Kerala, a state in India. It revolves around a woman called Ammu who has twins called Estha and Rahel.  She and her twins reside in an old house with her mother, Mamachi and her cunning aunt, Kochama. She has left her alcoholic husband whom she married against her parent’s will. She finds a lover who is from low caste, and untouchable. Its story of her life, her fight to live. It shows how some people have to really  fight hard to live their life. When Ammu’s brother Chacko  brings his English ex-wife and their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day and that change changes their life forever.

This book, along with the wonderful story, also focuses on the cruel systems in India such as, cast system, child molestation, male domination etc. Whatever happens here Ammu is the one who suffers. Even though  her husband was alcoholic and was ready to push her  to prostitution people blame Ammu for leaving her husband. It is emotional journey through out the book, we start loving people even the ones who are ugly looking just because they are nice people. You will know answers for all your questions by the end of the book. I was bit disappointed only because of the quick ending, actually I was expecting a complete detailed ending, was looking for something good to happen to the few remaining characters. Anyways it was a good read and my ratings are 4 out of 5.

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Before I go to sleepOnly one word can explain this book ”Awesome”! My fellow blogger recommended this book saying that ” It is one of those books you literally cannot put down until you know the ending”. I totally agree with her after reading the book. And she told me not to read any reviews of this book before, thinking that some reviews may spoil the suspense for me. I should be very careful while reviewing this book because I don’t want to ruin the fun of others who didn’t read it.

I should say that it is really amazing debut novel! Christine wakes up every morning thinking she is still in her early 20s until she looks in the mirror and realizes she’s 47 years old. She has to remember her husband and friends by looking at photos plastered in bathroom. The man who sleeps next to her and lives with her says that he is her husband. She has no memory of getting married or loving him, but she has to believe what this man says because she don’t have option. But with the help of doctor she secretly starts to write a journal and finds a way to remember where she kept the journal. There are things which comes back to her memory. She is the only one she can trust. Lovely combination of psychology and mystery. I recommend this book to people who love to read mystery and psychology related novels. My ratings are- 4 out of 5.

Amy and Roger's Epic DetourI don’t know why but I always find debut novels interesting, may be because I don’t know what to expect if I am reading a debut novel. If I am selecting some book form  one of my  favorite authors then I am definitely expecting something, if its totally new author then there is no such expectations. I was attracted by the book cover and the title.

This book was funny, sweet, sentimental and very touching. When I started reading it I never thought I would like it this much! A book about a road trip, think about it, how exiting! I always wanted to take road trips but some how I could’t 😦 This book is exactly what you expect from a long unplanned road trip.

Its about Amy, living in a house alone in California. Her mother has already moved to Connecticut, her twin brother is in rehab and her father recently died in a car crash. Her mother decides to shift completely by selling their house. After Amy’s exams when she wants to shift to Connecticut  that’s when Roger enters the scene. Amy doesn’t want to drive across America or anywhere else and Roger, a family friend’s son who has to go visit his father in Philadelphia, has been designated to drive for the trip. The route is set, Amy’s mom has planned it and booked the hotels.  Amy doesn’t like to go with a stranger in a car that too on four days trip. But after seeing him she realizes that how cute and attractive he is.They  both plan to take a detour for different reasons. They never check in in any hotels or go through already planned places. They set out completely for a detour. What happens then is extremely unexpected, twisting road trip.

An extremely interesting road trip story. I liked almost every characters in this book, especially Amy and Roger.  I wish I could take such adventurous road trips. I would give this book all 4 and 1/2 stars 🙂  A fast moving, young adult story I think if you like road trips then you should try reading this book.I would definitely  want to go to some road trip  sometime.

This is the funniest well written book I have read in years, just love it ❤  I liked every character in this book. No word to explain, it’s so hilarious and lively type of writing. It had everything in it, romance, emotions, comedy and more than anything lots of laugh!

It’s about a young girl, Evie Dexter who takes up a job of tour guide ( by telling lies in the interview about prior experience 🙂 ) From the very beginning she falls into troubles and manages somehow, but it would have been easy if she didn’t fall for sexy, handsome coach driver Rob. Her life is so busy with her new job, sexy boyfriend, ultimate drama with her family. How she manages this new job? What happens to her love life? What exactly happens in Paris? For answers you will have to read the book.

I should say that this novel is full of drama and comedy. At some point I stopped reading and laughed aloud. I will recommend this book to people who are looking for some exiting, funny read. It’s Molly Hopkins’s debut novel. There is a sequel releasing this year- It happened in Venice. Hope that will be as good as this book.