📚Read What: Girls and the City by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
📚Read What: Paperback. Also available in Ebook format.
📚Genre: Thriller. Drama
📚What’s the Plot:
Reshma Talwar is a no-nonsense young executive from Chandigarh. Leela Laxmi, an unwed single mother, and Juhi Jha, a smart as a whip opportunist from Unnao. The 3 girls meet while working for the same company and form a friendship that blossoms like the flowering trees of Bengaluru city.
While work introduces them to each other, their varied personalities bring them closer. Soon, secrets start spilling out and the women find themselves looking out for each other. Even as they look inwards and resolve to untangle the emotional mess they seem bound to.
Love, lust, want and need to stir a mix peppered with untruths. Will ambitions be fulfilled at the cost of friendship? Or will realizing dreams cause nightmares?
📚What I thought:
The eye-catching cover makes you want to pick up the book. As you start reading, the story and characters pull you in immediately and keep you hooked till the end. The intelligent writing subtly weaves in issues women face, at work and at home, which are often trivialized. Dilemmas like bullying, stereotypes, rigid mindsets are showcased very sensibly.
Even though as a reader you make guesses about what might happen next, and you are right most of the time, the refreshing writing keeps you going.
I spent some beautiful years living in Bengaluru city, so reading Girls and the City, which is set in Bengaluru, was unadulterated nostalgia.
What I particularly noticed was that I could identify a bit of myself in each of the characters, which is something that rarely happens when I read a book.
Girls and City by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar was an unputdownable book and I finished reading it in one go.
I have no doubt I will be seeing an OTT version of this book soon.
**** 4 Stars to Girls and the City by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
My rating chart;
*Use it as a doorstop.
**Read it if you have nothing better to do.
***You may like it if you like this particular genre.
*****What! You haven’t read it YET?!
I received this book as part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program