The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy – Book Review


In the recent past, I have been gravitating towards more easy reads and so I have read a few of Preethi Shenoy’s books. Her books are hassle free and keep the readers engaged. ‘The One You Cannot Have’ is about relationships; about both past and new relationships.

Blurb –

How long does it take to heal a broken heart? Can you ever forget that one perfect relationship you had? Anjali knows who she wants—she wants Aman. Aman too knows who he wants—he wants Shruti. Shruti and Aman were once inseparable. Theirs was a love that would last forever and more. Then, out of the blue, Shruti left Aman. A devastated Aman moved abroad in the hope of forgetting Shruti and to heal. Shruti married Rishabh. Now Aman is back in India and looking for a fresh start. But he is still haunted by memories of his love. Can he ever break free from it? His head tells him to move on, to find love with Anjali, but his heart won’t listen. No matter what he does, Shruti’s shadow looms large. Can there be a ‘happily-ever-after’ for any of them? A straight-from-the-heart modern-day romance of unrequited love, of complicated relationships and about moving on when you realise that there will always be the one you cannot have.

My review –

The story is of four major characters – Aman, Shruti, Anjali and Rishabh. Aman and shruti were collage sweethearts. Everyone felt that they will eventually end up together. However, life always has something for everyone and Shruti breaks up with him stating her mother’s terminal illness as the reason behind her decision. Heartbroken Aman moves to London to get over Shruti. After 2 years, Aman comes back to India and he realizes that he is still not over Shruti.

Meanwhile, Shruti is married to Rishabh for the past two years but she has not been able to feel the emotional connect with Rishabh. She is still in love with Aman.

Anjali is a sweet, bubbly girl who is drawn towards Aman. Aman knows of Anjali’s feeling but is not sure of his own status.

“The One You Cannot Have” is a story of relationships where you have someone but are not sure about who you have as you are seeking someone else.

The book is really interesting and entertaining. The characters are really interesting. I loved the characters of Aman and Anjali. The story moves in a steady pace. The ending was good and different.

Preeti’s amazing writing skills, mixed with a great story made a great relaxing read. I would recommend this to all who is looking for a nice simple read. I would rate this a 3.5/5

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