‘Half Girlfriend’ by Chetan Bhagat – Book Review

Half Girlfriend

Chetan Bhagat is the most read author of Indian youth. He has a huge fan following. All his books have been super hit have inspired Bollywood movie makers as well!

I pre-ordered ‘Half Girlfriend’ the minute it was open for pre order and then the anxious weight started. The book arrived on the 1st Oct. Flipkart did a great job in making sure the book got delivered the day it was launched. I finished reading the book in 2 days, but something in me just did not get me to do the review sooner. I don’t know if it was something to do with the book or maybe because I was down with fever.

Ok! Now to the book!

Madhav Jha is a blue-blooded, national-level basketball player hailing from a small town in Bihar, and in spite of his poor grasp over English, manages to score a seat in Delhi’s reputed St Stephens college in sports quota. During the sports trial he met Riya Somani, a chic girl belonging to one of Delhi’s elite families, who unlike Madhav is super-fluent in English. They have a common passion – Basket Ball.

Madhav and Riya meet, become friends and are always seen together. Madhav wants more out of this relationship and Riya wanted just friendship. After an incident, Riya moves out of Madhav’s life, never to return.

Madhav, completes his graduation, declines an offer in a multinational bank and moves to his village, Dumraon, to help his mother in running her school. School which is in a bad state and needs funds for repairs and additions. Through the local Politian Madhav finds out that Gates Foundation is visiting India. They inform him that he will have to give a speech in English to impress them.

Madhav decided to visit Patna and brush up his English and prepare for the speech. This is where he meets Riya again. Their friendship grows, she helps him with his speech. On the day of the speech, she disappears leaving a letter for him. He finds out the she has cancer. Rest is for you to read and find out. There is a twist in the end.

I’m not sure why this book was written. Was it written for people who love to read or for it to be made into a movie? I’m sure, this will make a great Bollywood movie but was a disappointment as a book.

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