I had not even heard about Anuj Tiwari till a few weeks ago. When he reached out on twitter, I checked his books on goodreads. I saw that had published two books already and that It’s Not Right…but It’s Okay was this third book. The good reads ratings on all his books ranged between 3 and 4. So when he offered to send me a book for review, I happily accepted.
Plot of It’s Not Right…but It’s Okay
This is the story of a group of youngsters, mostly revolving around the love story of Angira and Ved. This is a true story. The characters meet by chance and you see them become friends, then lovers. There is a lot of focus on exes, previous heartbreak and how that impacts the current relationships.
The goodreads blurb for the book reads like –
Everyone has a past. But what if it becomes daunting baggage and spills over into the future?
A fiercely independent, career-driven girl, Angira, has recently changed her Facebook status to ‘single in Mumbai’. While work has been her only priority, a twist of fate brings Ved—a strikingly handsome footballer, the heart-throb of the college—into her life. He seems genuine and fun-loving, but based on past experiences, Angira knows better than to trust him!
Despite their contrasting personalities, the two develop an unexpected bond—a link for which they are about to risk everything they have.
A riveting tale about incorrigible lovers with a dark past, It’s Not Right but It’s Okay is a true story about finding friendship and love again
It’s Not Right…but It’s Okay – What I Liked
I liked the concept of the book. It’s Not Right…but It’s Okay is the story of a girl who has had her heart broken recently, is surrounded by loving family and caring friends. They do things to cheer her up, to get her out of her shell and help her move on. When she takes those steps, she finds love again.
The initial interaction between Angira and Ved is cute and you see the messages laid out in boxes like they would be on your phone. I quite liked this idea.
It’s Not Right…but It’s Okay reads like a collection of moments from the lives of people. You get to experience the incidents from their eyes, get a glimpse into their thoughts and then move on to another incident.
It’s Not Right…but It’s Okay – What I Disliked
The book is written in present tense. So instead of saying Angira looked at Ved, it reads like Angira looks at Ved. Get the picture? I found in difficult to adapt to this reading style. If you read the goodreads description above, does that not sound intriguing? Well, turned out this is not the most apt description of the book! First up, both the protagonists are in college. Angira is studying fashion designing and Ved, MBA. Angira is certainly not career driven if she reaches late for class and then WhatsApps with a random guy she met by accident during class. So as someone who trusts the blurb, I felt a bit cheated. I would have still read the book if the blurb said fun loving girl looking to follow her dream of fashion designing! And boy is she fun loving! There are so many drinking parties in the book that I was wondering if college kids can really afford it. The language is casual and peppered with slang.
Final Thoughts on It’s Not Right…but It’s Okay
The book is a light read. Definitely not intense and will make a decent companion on a trip or a casual weekend when you have a few hours to fill. I feel it will appeal much more to a younger audience. Twenty somethings would be able to identify with the characters hopes, dreams, fears and language much better than I did. I felt that the moments were done well but the thread that tied the moments together into a story could have been much better.
I was sent the book by the author for review. The views expressed are my own.