WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
One look at the cover and the title of And Then the Light Turned Green, and I was sure that this would be a promising read. The idea of this book really appealed to me and hence it was with high expectations that I started to read it.
Read on to know more about my thoughts on this book.
What to Expect?
And Then the Light Turned Green is a collection of 5 ultra-short stories that together make a rather short read. This book cannot be called a book in the literal sense as it is just 23 pages long. Expect some short and quirky tales that give you a taste of modern city life.
What is the book all about?
And Then the Light Turned Green is a collection of 5 short stories which only have a single link that binds them all together.
Aaina, Jeet, Sanjana, Madhurima, and Asees are people who stop at the red light of a city traffic junction. We get to know all of their stories in the short time until the light turns green.
The stories are narrated in the third-person and tell us all about these characters from a neutral observer’s perspective.
How good were the characters?
Aaina, Jeet, Madhurima, Sanjana, and Asees are different people coming from different walks of life. Their paths have probably never intersected in the past and the same can be said for the future too. Their tales, however, will easily resonate with the readers.
Apart from that nothing much can be said about the characters. This is because the stories are too short for any decent character development to take place.
Let’s talk about the writing style
I like the way the author has described how she came across the idea of writing this book. The stories of 5 different people whose lives interconnect at a traffic intersection for just a few seconds is something that immediately appeals to a fiction lover.
Even though the stories are too short, they have meaning and value for anyone who decides to read them.
How was the climax?
And Then the Light Turned Green doesn’t really have a climax. Each individual story has its climax and that’s it.
If I talk about the individual stories, some of them end on an intriguing note, some on a cliffhanger, while others have a satisfactory end. It will be safe to say that all the stories were well concluded.
What I liked
I liked the concept of crisp bite size stories which will appeal to a lot of non-readers too. The stories reflect the lives of today’s urban generation and are easily relatable.
What I didn’t like
I would have simply loved it if the book had more stories to keep the reader going a little longer. Though the stories were crisp and short, it was the length of the book that was a bit disappointing. It was so short that it did not give the satisfaction of having read a book.
It all boils down to the entertainment quotient
Interesting stories, relatable characters, and writing that easily appeals to the reader – all these things make this book an entertaining read.
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