Authors: Anubhav Shrivastava, Ananya Roy

Letters in the Rain

Book Blurb:

Quite early in his life, Aman had been labelled a ‘weirdo’. His side-parted, oil soaked hair and gawky physique made him the butt of jokes among his peers. There is nothing spectacular in his life—he studies all day, has never had an interaction with a girl that lasted more than five minutes, and scribbles his inner musings into his best friend, a personal diary.

Deep down, however, the guilt of being considered a social killjoy by the society starts to have a negative impact on him.

When forced out of his solitary shell into the action-infused warehouse that is ‘college’, Aman’s life takes a drastic U-Turn. Owing to a Chemistry project, he is forced to partner up with Kiara—a cheerful, carefree soul who tucks away her dark, brooding past upon arriving in Manipal.

What follows is a series of awkward encounters and quirky adventures; ones that throw them in the deep end and make them face their worst fears.

My Review:

On the whole, the cover of this book is interesting, it felt professionally done!

Coming to the story, we have a nerdy Engineering Student who is socially awkward. He goes to college and meets a girl who helps him and becomes his friend. The crux of the story line lacks freshness. The basic story follows the predictable path of many engineering guy-goes to college-meets the girl- falls for her- issues- sorting the issues line of narrative. It felt quite linear and oft too predictable.

On the other hand, it felt that authors had worked really hard to create meaningful characters, and this showed! Each character was well thought out and had their own personalities. There were three central characters in the book, and all three had distinctive personalities and the authors maintained them till the end. The character development of the protagonist, aka Aman was sketched out perfectly. There was also parallel story line going on for the other characters as well. I felt that had the authors spent a bit more time sketching these story lines, the book would have had more depth to it.

If we look at the overall graph of the story, the middle of the story was the strength of the book.

It did feel that the final proof reading was missed out. There were many grammatical errors, especially plural forms used for singular and vice versa, etc. I felt that the book had potential, had the book more depth, instead of focusing on the singular “Love” aspect.

On the whole, I rate this book a 2 out of 5.