Ok So I have been doing a whole lot of reading lately. Thanks to my kids who have been exceptionally well-behaved for some time now and the lovely chill weather of Delhi. Just tuck into bed in a warm blanket with a book—it is a great feeling. And this time, I picked up the glossy looking third book of Yashodara Lal – “There’s Something about You”. The title did remind me of the Hollywood flick “There’s Something about Mary”. The book has nothing to do with the movie though.
So here it is. The story of Trishna aka Trish – your average girl next door with all things wrong in her life. She’s lost her job, has an ailing father, an over-bearing mom, and at 28 she isn’t in a relationship either. And to make life feel more miserable is an annoying neighbor who loves to give her some not so useful advice. In this topsy- turvy world of Trish, magic happens when a pseudo –psycho (or something of that sort- I am yet to understand what to term him), Sahil Agarwal enters. What plays between them, her new avenues to earn some money, her trying times with her bitchy editor and her coming to terms with her life…is what “There’s Something About You” all about.
A good looking and well-marketed book, I still remember the book launch that was held in cities across the country in July 2015. The cover design surely scores all the brownie points. Yet, despite this extravagant look, the book fails to appeal. The narration is simple, and characterization of key persons is almost near perfect. But what the book clearly lacks is a concrete story. There was predictability all across the plot and it doesn’t do much to keep you engrossed. You could easily skip through sections that seem way too stretched. Where subtle humor has been the trademark in Yashodara’s earlier books, she has failed to create a magic in this third writing venture of hers.
The glossy look and feel- Yes it felt good holding it.
Easy to read with no fancy jargons or plots
What didn’t work:
Lack of a concrete story
Highly predictable plot and climax
Seemed more like old wine in new bottle
I did somehow manage to complete the book and I actually wondered…. Is there something in the book? Not a great read..
- Book cover appeal: 4.5/5
- Story & narration: 1/5
- Fun Element: 1/5
- Overall reading experience 1/5
- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin (13 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351771997
- ISBN-13: 978-9351771999
About the Author: Yashodhara Lal graduated from IIM-Bangalore in 2002 and has over a decade of experience in the corporate world, across the FMCG and media industries. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband Vijay and the three children who they refer to as Peanut, Pickle and Papad. Yashodhara began her journey in writing with her blog, described as a serious attempt to take life less seriously.