Book Review : The One You Cannot Have


After the heart wrenching,  thought provoking and grateful-to-be-in-my-own-life thought – inducing “And the Mountains Echoed” ,  it was time for chick-lit. Or to say, a pretty breezy read.  I’ve been meaning to read Preeti Shenoy for quite some time now, and she is quoted as the most read Indian female author. Earlier, I’ve read Sita’s Curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu and it isn’t exactly to my taste.  Review coming later .

So, I pick ‘The One You Cannot Have‘ above on Amazon for Rs. 49.00 , wirelessly delivered to my Kindle in exactly 10 seconds. Amazon and Jeff – thank you.

I finished reading this in one straight sitting, as you want to know what happens in the end. Will the married lady find her way to meet her  ex?  Will the boy  hitch up with the single lady drooling all over him?  Mainly the first question.

Good stuff first. Breezy writing, a lot of mom-pop stuff and scenes picked out of real life. The stories Anjali writes for the magazine would work in real life too 😉

So, the guy and gal are in love. Fair enough. Mad deep love. Okay, we get it.

The gal’s mom is sick and she decides to marry another guy in the hope that her mom would be okay. This too, we get it.

The guy turns out decent.  Shares all his ex-stories, and the girl never opens up about her ex-boyfriend. Until the husband finally finds out. And turns red. This too, we get it.

As they both won’t talk – her thoughts on going back to her ex-lover intensify. ONLY after they quarrel.  She’s had him in their thoughts but she really considers leaving her husband and going after her ex, after she decides she’s had enough. Really, madam author?

Two years is a pretty long time. The book takes a convenient stand where the guy plans to committed to another lady, and hence rejects the wonderful offer his ex brings him. What if he didn’t? what if he uses her and leaves her on the streets?

I don’t know. I would wish the lady protagonist had her share of thoughts, and talks with her husband and got her realization, than being preached by her ex. After she lands in his house after stalking him down.

One thing I’ll admire about Preeti –  the Aman side of the story. Beautifully written.

While I don’t agree with the author on many turns and twists the book has taken – it’s her book and her imagination. I’ve had a blast reading it.

Rating :  2/5

Have a good day and keep rocking!!



Author: Saraswathi Pulluru

Aham Bhrahmasmi.

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