This book is a part of the book review post on Womensweb I was among the bloggers to whom the book was sent.
First things first, I love ‘love stories’. Yes at the age of 31, I admit, I love reading Mills & Boon. Funnily its something I didnt do when I was in my teens *rolls eyes* but I dont mind sitting down with an M&B once in a while. Its a good break from the real world 🙂
Having said that ‘Tick Tock We are 30’ by Milan Vohra falls in my category of books which make you feel nice and warm after you finish reading them.
The book is about soon-to-be 30 Lara whose friends decide on a get together on her 30th birthday since she is the youngest in her group to turn 30. A batch of men and women meet up after nearly 10 years to stay at a place which is sheer nostalgia for them. Lara has a pact with one of the guys Nishad about getting married to each other incase neither of them get married by the age of 30. And as the case, neither of them are married.
The story is within that week just before Lara’s birthday and how the gang gets together again. The quirks, the fights, the funny scenes, the delicate situations are described very vividly in the book.
While personally, I did feel that some of the explanation was unwarranted for, and there could have been some more edits, overall the book has a decent pace to it. Some characters are very caricatured and somehow I couldnt relate to them. One of my favorites is Aunty Nair. She is adorable 🙂
The good part of the book
1. Its happy ending.
2. The characters, though over the top in some cases, are potrayed to be real people with real issues and real problems
3. The fact that the right guy gets the right girl 🙂
The not-so-good parts
1. Too long and elaborate scenes which could have been cut short
2. The narrative reminded me a lot about ‘Friends’ The sitcom while I was reading through
3. The need to convert a tomboy independent smart girl into a feminine girl wearing short skirts for the guy to notice her. However, I must admit that eventually the girl does go back to her usual routine of dressing and the guy still loves her :)..but why that need to be feminine..
Overall, if you ask me, I would pick up this book to read definitely from a library. Is it a book, I would personally buy to keep at home – No.
A one time read, full of fun and love. It does make the romantic side of me happy.