Title : Half Girlfriend
Author : Chetan Bhagat
Pages : 260
Genre : Fiction
Title : 3/5
Cover & Blurb : 2/5
Story-line : 2.5/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Dialogues & Philosophy : 3/5
Characters : 3/5
Overall : 2.5/5
Madhav, is a brilliant player of basketball and through this forte he grabs his admission in a reputed ‘English’ College of Delhi called St. Stephens. Madhav is from Bihar and is little weak in English. In college, he fell in love with a rich girl, Riya. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half-girlfriend.
Madhav tried to break the barrier of this ‘Half Girlfriend’ concept and that’s where Riya gets parted from Madhav. Madhav tries to move on and starts to look upon the government run school of his village in Bihar which was in very bad condition. He gets totally involved in it when suddenly his path gets merged with Riya once again…. They tries to relive their college friendship but again something terrible happens and they gets separated again.
- Fun and humor.
- Some dialogues.
- Overstretched 3rd part (New York)
As everyone else, I too had the excitement to read new CB book called Half girlfriend whose cover occupied the whole front page of TOI on it’s announcement day and about which the flipkart was going mad before the launch. So finally, I got the chance to read it and here’s what I found about it.
Firstly talking about the cover and blurb. After reading the book, I can surely say that cover and blurb says nothing about the story. Concept depicted in the blurb gets over after you will pick up the pace while reading it. After few pages you start to have deja vu’s and you’ll say to yourself that ‘hey, I have read or seen something like this somewhere else too’. Don’t worry about that because it has happened with everyone. CB is good with his college humor and this book too will not disappoint you and don’t forget to laugh on the epic dialogue, ‘Deti hai to de varna katt le’.
The whole book is divided into three parts; Delhi, Bihar and New York. With the arrival of the end of part 1, you will start to feel the predictability of the book. With the arrival of part 2, you’ll again feel alive as something new will get exposed and that’s where I felt that ‘yes, this story is having something in it’ but soon this feeling vanished in thin air and again the predictability came in. Introduction of Bill Gates was the only thing which kept me glued to the book.
With the end of Part 2, CB will throw the trump card but that would not last forever because the New York (Part 3) part is stretched a lot. That’s the point from where I lost all my patience as I knew where it will end, everyone can guess it but still CB kept on stretching the plot, kept on introducing worthless characters.
In the end I would like to say that I was and still am a great fan of Chetan sir. He was the one who revived the readership in India. He taught us to read literature and I am thankful to him for that but I would also like to mention that he is drifting away, he looks to be writing for the directors of Bollywood rather than his readers. This book is definitely not of CB’s standard. He need to dig up harder and deliver something which can match up the standards of the ‘Most Loved Author in India of Today’s time.’
This book is surly not that bad, it will entertain you and if CB’s tag gets removed, it deserves 3.5/5 ratings but as it is of Chetan Bhagat, the expectations gets the hype automatically. I would say, go for it but don’t expect it to be his master-piece.