Author: Swati Sharma
No. of Pages: 253
Storyline: Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous but luck is not in her favor. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.
At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.
But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut – her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can’t stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot, and she’s not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.
Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out. (Goodreads)
Thoughts: Honestly speaking, I did not like this book. It’s an amalgamation of Confessions of a Shopaholic, Devil wears Prada and an Indian TV show Mahi Way. The protagonist is insecure about her weight and figure like Mahi, just like Rebecca Bloomwood, she’s in debt because she’s a shopaholic and like Andrea, she works in a fashion magazine where her boss is very strict and she’s working to get a job in her dream magazine (here it is Glamorous).
The author tried her best to portray the protagonist as a strong independent woman who is working against the wishes of her family because she doesn’t want to be a trophy wife but the author has failed. Maya has low self esteem and always ends up embarrassing herself in public (and everywhere). Always. She’s just obsessed with her cosmetics and shopping. It’s like that her life is only about cosmetics and make up. Even, in the end of the story, everything works out for her by chance and when her friend helped her. So, how is she a strong character?
The story is average. There’s nothing so amazing about it. The writing is immature and has many (yes,many. Not just some) grammatical mistakes which can’t be avoided.
Regarding the genre of the book, I think chick-lits aren’t merely about weak female protagonist who is always confused.
I was given this book by the author.