One day a Twitter friend randomly asked if I was interested in a book review. I had not done much book reviews in past some days, so I randomly said yes, and he said he’d send the book. Then there were some delays from both sides and finally after some three and half weeks I could find some time to start the book.
And very frankly, within less than twenty four hours, I had finished the book more than 90 percent, when I had to stop due to some reasons. Of course, the book was running through my mind and of the things I wanted to do was to thank the author Ahmed Faiyaz as well as the person who had asked me to review the book, Aseem.
No, ANOTHER CHANCE is not a classic, nor is it the best book I have read. But somehow the book touched me deep inside, and that is what I truly loved the book for.
Another Chance is a book about relationships. In fact instead of book or novel, I’d like to use the word ‘story.’ It’s the story of a free spirited girl who passes through various ups, downs and downs in her life. And it’s the story of a boy who loves the girl. And the best thing about the book is that the author has been successful in drawing a very real picture of this relationship that exists between the two main characters of the story. If and whatever negatives come in the book, are overcome only by this major success of the story.
The second good thing about the book is the interest it generates in you. Once you have started and got into the book a bit, it just keeps you going. There are hardly any dull parts in the book and story keeps you interested whether it’s going through the effervecent days of college or the sombre moods of a breaking relationship.
As for the negatives, there are a few. I could find printing and grammar errors in the book, and though very few, say not even ten in the entire book, they can break the flow of the book for a second. Another thing that is good but seems a bit uncalled for in some places is the use of Hindi words in the dialog. Also, a sudden increase in the usage of urban dictionary in a few places looks like a try-too-hard by the author.
Also, with all the ups and downs, the timeline is a bit difficult to follow, at least in absolute terms, but a positive thing there is that the relative order of things is simple to follow and you always know what is happening after what and before what, so no problems with the timeline really.
As for the characters, as I said earlier, the main characters of the book, Ruheen and Aditya are really well defined and people can easily identify with them. Even Varun, and some more characters that are part of story from the start are quite true to themselves, but a few characters may not be that well understood and may be slightly confusing, though it doesn’t at any point create any problem for the main story.
Overall, Another Chance is a good novel that talks of problems that most of us face in different shapes and sizes in our lives today, and in its own subtle manner, it also tries to provide you a solution, without preaching at all. Above all, it’s a story we can relate to. If you’re interested in a story about love, relationships, and various realities of life it may have to pass through, read the book. You may like it, or maybe love it too, the way I did.