WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.25/5
Never Say Never is the debut novel of Anjali Kirpalani, a lovely ‘been-there-done-it-all’ girl who has tried her hands at everything ranging from business management, marketing, TV reporting, print journalism, voice-over artistry and radio jockeying. Currently working with ET now, this young talented girl of 25 has come out with her debut novel “Never Say Never”. So, after reading the author profile I was quite excited about the book and true to my excitement, the book has delivered all that I had hoped for.
Never Say Never is the story of a 25-year-old Nikita who is a currently unemployed and living off her roommate in Mumbai. Nikita is a bubbly person and she loves to talk. She lives with her best friend Aziza whose fiancé is RJ Raghav Shetty, whom Nikita is irrevocably in love with. As if this is not enough, she is already dating Deepak whom she finds absolutely intolerable and still has agreed to get married to. So, Nikita is not only troubled by her love life, but also by her career and professional life. So, what will happen? Will she get a job? What will she do? Will she confront Raghav about her feelings? Will she ever be able to tell her best friend about her love interests? Well, for this you will have to read this oh-so-entertaining novel.
Never Say Never is a great book. I found it absolutely un-put-down-able. I don’t know whether this is my sheer good luck or is it really that all chick-lits are now turning out to be so good. First “Seriously, Sitara?” And now this one; I am surely impressed. This book is full of fun, wit, love, romance, pretty and hotty characters and a great plot. The best part about the book is surely its plot, very well planned and thoroughly thought of. After a long time, I read a chick-lit which had a thrill element to it. I was constantly wondering who would get the girl. Who would Nikita ultimately go to? The predictability only came in the last few pages and that, according to me, was completely unavoidable. Rest of the book was as unpredictable as the winner of next cricket world cup.
I liked the radio jockeying part; it was an interesting job to read about. I also liked the characters of Nikita, Aziza and Raghav and not to mention the guy-with-all-the-best-qualities-in-the-world Siddhartha. He is just the perfect guy any girl would kill for. The feelings and emotions of all the characters are very well expressed by aptly dedicating the chapters in their respective voices. But the two things I did not like about this book were the title and the promotion in online media. The title though very apt as per the plot is a very common phrase and reading it reminded me of a rather outdated song by a teenage singer. Also, I was disappointed to find out that the picture of the book cover available in most websites including Flipkart, GoodReads and others was of really poor quality and would surely fail to convince anybody to buy the book online.
Apart from these two, overall Never Say Never was just too good and I liked it beyond words. I just hope that I would get to read more and more of such quality work from debut authors now. I congratulate Anjali and eagerly look forward to her next book.