Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review: The Guest by Mitali Meelan

The Blurb:
Eighteen-year-old Neha Ranade is perfectly content with her life—a singer boyfriend, a group of loyal friends and with the college annual festival around the corner, her days are full and exciting. But when her father’s Canadian colleague arrives home, Neha’s grand plans are uprooted. What could be the intentions of this curious guest’s sudden visit—for better or for worse?
My review:
What breezy read this one was! I finished the book in one go. The story moved at such a fast pace that I just couldn't put it down! The language is fluid and impeccable, and the story flows smoothly. The emotions of the protagonists especially that of the central character Neha, are so beautifully depicted, that the reader can feel her anguish, dilemma, and fears. 
I usually prefer a second person narrative, but reading the story as a first-person account was also surprisingly delightful. What I also found adorable is that there is no attempt to glorify the main character or project her as a 'holier-than-thou' kind of person. She is a hero in her own might, despite the flaws in her character. She could be anyone of, with all those little imperfections that make us human - the way we are quick to judge, quick to own and disown people, act a little selfishly at times, and yet manage to hold unadulterated love for the people who matter to us the most. 
If the debut novel is so wonderful, I can't wait to read more from Mitali! 
No of Pages: 237
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
ISBN: 9788192982229
My rating : 4/5


  1. Very few authors nail it with the first one and when they do, you know how good they are. Love the review:)

  2. :) my best wishes to the author.. done a good job for sure


  3. I like flawed characters - they're more believable than perfect ones. Seems like I should pick this one up.

  4. Seems interesting. I have read some nice reviews of this book. I'm curious about the guest. In my reading list!

  5. Great read indeed. I too read this and was about to write the review. Just chanced upon your review.Very well written.

  6. Thank you for reading and sharing your review. This made my day!

  7. I found her Coffee and Ordinary Life poetry and love it. Definitely want to check this out too.

    Did have a question though. I have never run across anyone who has said they prefer second-person narrative before, largely because most of the second-person narratives are amateur fanfic.

    That said, the internet and the writing world is a massive place so perhaps I have yet to find the novels that you enjoy the most. What would you recommend for someone who keeps wanting to give second-person a chance but cannot find anything that isn't absolutely jarring? (Especially as I tend to prefer limited third-person).


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