Book Review: Unhooked and Unbooked

Author: Dr. Aditya R Nighhot

The book traverses through the lives of four characters and their sojourn through the challenges life throws at them.

Two stories run parallel. The first is of KD, an egoistic superstar bordering along narcisstic who is also an alcoholic with anger issues. He loves Tia, a struggling model, and goes all the way to uplift her career. However, his ego gets the better of him so does his addiction to the bottle and uncontrollable rage, and Tia, who loves him back, is forced to leave him.

Parallelly, Sameer is in love with his best friend Isha. Sameer is a nerd, while Isha is a hot outspoken girl who doesn’t shy away from flaunting her good looks on social media. She is of a modern outlook and doesn’t believe in love after a past betrayal. However, she falls into a trap laid by a suitor. Sameer stands by her every step of the way and eventually, as they emerge from the chasm of turmoil, life throws yet another curve ball.

The author has, towards the end made the stories merge together. So do they all have their happily ever after?

As a reader, I found traces of the Bollywood flick Ashiqui 2 in KD’s story and the way his character arc was penned. However, the emotions were well portrayed, whether its a relationship between friends or lovers.

Being a writer myself, I can’t help but view the story with a critical eye.

The author could do away with colloquialism infringing upon the narrative. Similarly, there were many redundant phrases that interfere with the reading continuity. Erotica could have been worded better as well. And finally, the merger of the stories appears rushed and forced. I wish the author could have elaborated on the same. Probably the word count limitations may have been a hindrance.

Overall an interesting read.

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