“Just Missed!” – Book Review | Caught the Second Lead syndrome..
Author: Himanshu Bhatia
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of Pages: 232 pages
While we try to arrange marriages by matching horoscopes and compatibilities, we forget at times that “marriages are made in heaven”. We all love to say that Bollywood romantic movies are silly, and that they go overboard in their depiction of love, we actually secretly fantasize to be characters in them.
Siddharth Gupta (lovingly called Sid) is an ISB alumnus, who is an ambitious perfectionist. He wants to go up the corporate ladder at a faster pace than his age, and is doing pretty well. In his matrimonial search, Sid meets Shreya Malhotra, who herself is an IIM graduate and very career oriented. He finds Shreya the epitome of the “Beauty with Brains” tag and develops a crush on her almost instantly. Shreya and Sid are going steady towards what looks like a ‘soon to be married’ state, but when has life been that simple! On her way to Bangkok for her friend’s bachelorette party, Shreya meets Shivam Malhotra, an IITian, with a living flirting tiger inside him. While Shivam’s cheesy lines ignite hatred in Shreya, it’s only the beginning of a story that doesn’t end in Thailand. “Just Married Missed!” is the journey of a practical arranged crush, chased by crazy filmy love. (Source: Goodreads)
As common as it is to have arranged marriages in India, one just wants to be loved.. irrespective of all other criteria in a relationship. We have come a long way from marriages being arranged without the consent of the bride and groom, even when they were basically toddlers (scary.. I know!) to finding suitable matches and getting a courtship period before engagement so that there is scope to check compatibility. This calls for a suitable match.. where love happens over a period of time.. The heart often can’t wait and grabs every opportunity it can get.. sometimes even from the jerkiest jerk you’ll see around 😛
Having read a lot of contemporary romances, I did not have much to expect from “Just
Married Missed” even though the way in which the title was put up stirred some hopes in my heart. I am so glad that I read this book because it gave me all the feels.
When I got introduced to Shivam in the book, I hated him to the core.. I mean.. what a douchebag! As the story progressed, I caught the second lead syndrome and rooted so hard for him even though I felt so bad for Sid.. No matter who ended up with Shreya, someone was bound to get hurt and that to for no fault of his own! It was a roller-coaster ride and kept me glued once I started it! It made me happy, sad and anxious!
I do not have such any complaints against this book.. except another round of proof reading could have done it some good. Given this is the debut work of Himanshu Bhatia, I must say I will be eager to see more of his work.. hoping it will only get better!
Recommended if you are looking for a good Indian romance that will give you all the feels! 🙂
What is your take on arranged marriages? Have you read a book based on it? Let me know in the comments below!!
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