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Book Review: The Guitar Girl, by Aniesha Brahma

There are books that are written completely in the form of letters (epistolary fiction). I find them interesting. They tell the story, the setting, the emotions etc. in writing. Of course, in this technological age, letters aren’t that popular perhaps. So, to match the age, I found myself reading The Guitar Girl by Aniesha Brahma, a novel that is narrated almost completely in Facebook chats, Gtalk, sms, journal, blogs etc.

Rhea Shah finds herself falling for her brother’s best friend Joy, who has transformed from someone she never expected to fall for to the boy of her dreams. But she’s not able to talk about it with anyone except her two best friends. Do they support her crush, or pull her down? Well, being best friends, they support her at first and then push her to confess her love. Rhea meanwhile takes up guitar lessons to find a common ground between Joy and herself, and takes to songwriting on a blog anonymously as The Guitar Girl. But by a stroke of luck, J. Fern (Joy) finds the blog and wishes to work with her.

For me, the book is one where a positive point is also kind of a negative one. The aspect that makes this book different is that the book is written in the form of chats and journal entries and blog entries etc. While I loved that, after a while, it felt odd. For the style, the narration is okay. I think the journal entries are where you get to see the writing style most, as well as the character. The little things, like how Rhea gets excited at every response from Joy and puts it as her statuses, are quite well thought. But I would have liked a story with a bit of social networking involvement, than a story completely by social networking.

For me, this was a one-time read. Though I think others might like it better.

The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
Book Details
Title: The Guitar Girl
Author(s): Aniesha Brahma Genre: Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: B00TNO3QAA Publisher: Self Published
No. of Pages: 230 Price: Rs. 61

Reviewed for Book R3vi3ws, in exchange for a review copy. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.

(© 12th April 2015)



Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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