Fate, Bollywood & Love: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Monday, May 14, 2018


by Nisha Sharma
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Random House Children's
Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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As a brown girl, I can't tell you just how much it pleases me to read books about brown girls falling in love and being all happy. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon last year made me realize just how much I want stories about brown girls and their love stories. When I found out about My So-Called Bollywood Life, I didn't even bother reading the summary. What a charming and lovely story this was! If you like romantic comedies, this book is perfect for you.

My So-Called Bollywood Life tells the story of Winnie Mehta, who is a new favorite heroine of mine. She was so refreshing and relatable in her pure love for Bollywood movies. I love reading about teen girls who have aspirations and Winnie certainly had goals that she wanted to achieve. She also worked incredibly hard in order to reach her goals, which is always inspiring to see. I loved how unapologetic she was about her love for film and romance. Then, there were Winnie's dreams featuring Shah Rukh Khan, who is possibly the biggest Bollywood actor alive. He gives her cryptic advice using quotes from his movies and it all made me giddy with happiness. To Winnie, her family was also important. I loved seeing her interact with her parents and her grandmother. Her bond with her dad was especially beautiful written and made my heart very happy.

I'm sure you're eager to hear about the romance. At the beginning of My So-Called Bollywood Life, Winnie and her long-time boyfriend, Raj, have just ended their relationship as a result of Raj wanting different things from life. Winnie, who has been told by a priest that the love of her life's name starts with an "R", is undeniably shattered. She is a big believer in fate, so this throws her off balance. Fortunately for us reader though, Winnie doesn't dwell too long on Raj, despite him trying to win her back. She finds a newfound friendship and budding love with the most adorable boy to ever exist. Trust me when I say that Dev will absolutely steal your hearts. He is such a soft, kind-hearted hero, who pushes Winnie to chase after her dreams. He has also had a crush on her for a while, so it was precious when they finally got together.

As you can tell, not only is My So-Called Bollywood Life a book that has some of the cutest characters, but it is also brimming with charm and is most certainly a book that will make you smile all throughout. If you like your books happy and swoony, then this needs to be on your TBRs! Now, who do I have to bribe so that I get more books about brown girls falling in love?

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