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Book Review--> When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti

Tittle and Author: When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti
No. of Pages: 234 Pages
Publication Date: November 30, 2014
Language: English
Genre: YA, Romance, Indian Writing

Book Review:
When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti takes the reader to the hilly beauty of Shimla where a fifteen year old Bengali boy, Mrityunjay lives. This is his story.

The cover is quite different and the title also intrigues the reader. The blurb was interesting and compelled me to take up this book to read.

The writing style of the author is descriptive, lucid and simple. I loved his descriptions of Shimla and life there. However, at times, I felt my interest waning.The author has the talent but needs practice to brush up his skills to make his writing more crisp. The message he wants to give through his book is loud and clear and he could have easily cut down on some of the ranting that I felt was unnecessary.

The story is well conceived and admirably executed but could have been made more concise. The events flow fluidly and overall, I was interested in the story. It is engaging enough but nothing very noteworthy to make it memorable.

The characterization is admirably done but somehow I could not connect with any of the characters. I felt Mrityunjay was just a bit too naive so much so that he sometimes felt foolish to me. However, at times I felt myself empathizing with him and rooting for a better future for him. Akansha was someone I didn't understand at all. She seemed a nice girl at first but then suddenly turned this negative character. Roy's father angered me to no end. Had he been in front of me, he would have got a piece of my mind for the way he beat his son. Then the teacher added another layer of disgust and anger over my already angry self. Such teachers have no right to be near children, let alone teach anything to them.

All in all, When She Smiled is a fresh story of a young boy and his struggle to realise his life's true direction. I give it 3 out of 5 and congratulate the author at his first successful step into the writing world. I will definitely love to read his future work.

I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to him. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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