Obviously a love story, Finding Juliet starts off as a fun read. Arjun is our hero of the story and this book covers his trials in finding his ‘Juliet’ over the course of a few years.
Arjun’s love story starts off at school. There are crushes and heartbreaks. But Arjun is forever a romantic. And this proves to be a bit of a bother for him. His failed attempts at love, or rather when he seems to be losing every girl he sets heart on, he goes through a low phase. He writes a lot and also becomes a lyricist in time.
Sometimes when your life is filled with sorrow,
When everything around seems dark and hollow
Remind yourself that you are like an arrow
Pulled back momentarily for a better tomorrow.
The sun is rising and your life will be filled with light,
All the pain and darkness will be nowhere in sight.
Defeating your inner demons in the mighty fight,
You’re gonna be a bird and soar a beautiful flight.
Studying engineering and having a social life is, by personal experience, not possible. Those four years of engineering do give you lifelong friendships. Unfortunately, that is not the case with Arjun – through no fault of his. Arjun comes across as someone who has trouble in the departments of love and friendship. But he has had a lifelong friend in Anjali – a girl he knew from kindergarten.
When he loses his parents to a bomb blast and is inconsolable Anjali asks him to move to Bangalore. There he meets with Krish, a colleague. The story is primarily a before and after. Before Arjun met Krish and after.
The first half of Finding Juliet is all about falling in love and heartbreak. The second half, after Arjun has a lesson with Krish, is about how to get over the heartbreak and live life. Arjun then changes himself – he joins the gym, he gets a makeover, all with the help of Krish. And eventually ends up having multiple affairs, simultaneously. His lovers range from college girls to married women.
Needless to say, on the anniversary of Arjun’s parents’ death he has an awakening. He realises that though he seems to be having a good time there is always an emptiness that engulfs him. Krish lets him in on the secret that makes him who he is, and Arjun understands that being a casanova is Krish’s way of coping.
There is a good ending, Arjun does find his Juliet in Anjali and understands love, life, and lust better.
Finding Juliet is a good book. It has romance, some erotic text, some philosophy etc. It could have done without a lot of womanising gyan though. Toffee’s Finding Juliet is a romance for the younger generation. While it is quite enjoyable, I couldn’t stand some portions of the book. Perhaps it was just me; I couldn’t stand the lessons Krish gives Arjun, except for one.
‘First you should constantly strive to become awesome and make your overall life awesome.’
‘When your overall life becomes awesome, you become attractive automatically. You begin to exude confidence and girls will start liking you subconsciously…’
‘The second this is just being awesome won’t suffice’
‘You should also mingle with a lot of people and try to expand your social circle as much as you can. There is no point in being awesome and living in the Himalayas.’
The book, on the whole, can be enjoyed by teens and those interested in that genre of romance. Finding Juliet is well written, and well- edited. Finding Juliett has a bollywood vibe to it as well. If there was more to the plot it would have been enjoyable.
Finding Juliet is good for a one-time read, when to while away time.
I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Arjun is a sweet, simple guy who is so unlucky in love that he almost lets go of life. Enter his saviour Krish, who turns him into an irresistible flirt, making his life more colourful. But will he find true happiness or has he lost that opportunity?
Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life.. all in his journey of Finding Juliet.
About the author:
Toffee is a simple guy who loves the complications of life. He used to write code by the day and books by the night earlier. But currently, he is busy writing assignments and chasing deadlines in his Master’s in Business Analytics from the University of South Florida. Toffee loves narrating interesting stories with subtle insights. Through books, he wants to share beautiful stories, reach out to people and touch their hearts. Finding Juliet is his second book, written especially for India’s Generation-Y.