WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
“For those who think a happy ending is the end, think again. There is always another page, another chapter. That happy ending is only a happy pause in life. There is always more to the story.”
~ Savi Sharma, Everyone Has a Story 2
Having read Savi Sharma’s previous books – Everyone Has A Story and This is Not Your Story, I wasn’t really looking forward to reading her next book, Everyone Has a Story 2. But sometimes, as a reader, you have this strange desire of seeing an author grow. With such vague and entirely irrelevant hopes, I decided to give this book a go and downloaded the Kindle edition.
What to expect?
The book is an easy read which will appeal to people who enjoy light reads that can be done in a day or two. Everyone Has a Story 2 talks about love and friendship and how important they are in one’s life.
It also talks about the struggles that creep in a relationship whenever it is time to take the next step forward. Overall, the book does encourage perseverance and not losing hope but that’s pretty much it. There isn’t much it has to offer in terms of unique content.
What is the story all about?
Everyone Has a Story 2 is the sequel to Savi Sharma’s previous book Everyone Has a Story. The book, just like its prequel, continues to narrate the story of its four main characters – Vivaan, Meera, Kabir and Nisha. As the four are now entering the next phase of their lives, they struggle with the challenges that come with it.
For Kabir, it is the success of his business Kabir Kafe and the challenge of expanding it successfully. For Meera, it is her next book and how she is coming to terms with her success. For Nisha, it is the life changes that come with being a mother. For Vivaan, it is the idea of setting up a new business.
Also, Vivaan and Meera have been together for 3 years and now is the right time to take their relationship forward. They seem to be managing quite well. Settling in their new lives and coming to terms with the changes that it demands.
But there is just one more character that will change their lives forever and will throw all their dreams and desires down the drain. Fate has something diabolical planned for all of them and it cannot wait to unleash its power and throw all their lives off the track.
“There is one part of the night that is the coldest and the darkest: before dawn breaks. Just when we might give up on seeing the light again, the sun breaks over the horizon.”
What’s different from her first book?
When I compare Everyone Has a Story 2 to its prequel, one thing that certainly strikes me is the betterment in terms of plot, characters and writing.
The writing has surely matured and looks polished. Characters seem more relatable and have a certain depth about them. Even though they continue to do certain things which are beyond the scope of rationality, they are much more grounded and believable in this book.
The plot is better than the last time. It has some much-desired twists which break the monotony that inadvertently creeps in Savi’s writing.
How good are the characters?
The characters are certainly better than the last book but they still fail to impress much.
Vivaan is a guy who continues to seek escape. His decisions and lifestyle sometimes feel impractical and amateurish. Meera’s character is good. She is successful yet grounded and continues to support Vivaan through thick and thin.
Kabir is yet another character who fails to evoke any feelings within me. I just could not relate to him or show any kind of emotion towards him. He seems to have a lack of depth.
Nisha, on the other hand, is good to read about. She is caring, passionate and selfless. I love that quality of hers and certainly enjoyed getting to know her better in this book.
What about the author’s writing style?
I love how Savi Sharma has tried to introduce more action in this book. Unlike the last time, Everyone Has a Story 2 boasts of some plot twists. There is a decent plot in place but sadly it isn’t enough.
In an age when Indian writers are penning out some fantastic reads, Savi still decides to stick to the cliché. She doesn’t offer much for regular readers who are looking for something extra, something unique.
The book reads like a typical Bollywood script that has been served innumerable times before, albeit under different names and by different writers.
What I liked in the book?
I liked how the book appealed to the traveller in me. Vivaan, who has been bitten by the wanderlust bug, travels extensively to various unexplored places in India.
Throughout the book, many of these less frequented travel destinations are mentioned. This obviously caught my fancy and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these little-known destinations.
Another thing that I liked is that the character of Meera reflects Savi’s own character. The similarities are easily discernable. Meera is a writer who has published 2 highly successful books. The books’ titles are also the same.
It is quite evident that Savi speaks about herself when she narrates Meera’s work-related struggles like dealing with criticisms, struggling with the dreaded writer’s block and looking for inspiration in adversity.
I also liked that fate has been given its own voice and space in the book. It was interesting to observe fate’s actions as a person who can be both benign and malicious; who is a powerful friend and an equally powerful enemy.
This is exactly the kind of stuff that makes you stand apart as a writer. At least in a small way Savi has managed to incorporate something novel in Everyone Has a Story 2.
Let’s talk about the climax
The climax was cliché and just too predictable for my taste. Long before the book was nearing its end, I knew what will happen and exactly how it will happen.
It all boils down to the entertainment quotient
In the end, Everyone Has a Story 2 isn’t as entertaining as it should be. It slows down in the middle and lacks a good plotline. Even though the language is poetic and beautiful, it fails to make up for a cliché story and an unappetizing bunch of characters.
Pick up the book if
If you are a Savi Sharma fan.
If you are looking for a light and easy read which is mildly inspiring.
Skip the book if
Skip the book if none of the above applies to you.
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