Blurb (as on Amazon):
Jasmeet Sethi, lovingly called Jessi, is a young and free-spirited girl. Her life takes a new turn when she moves to Delhi from London. Excited by this adventure, she adjusts and adapts to her new world, hoping to take her place and win hearts on her way.
While she is navigating her way through nagging relatives, relationship issues, and school politics, true love knocks on her door. Is it Samar, her biggest crush and summertime buddy? Or Akash, the school head boy who is captivated by her? What is in store for her?
Love by Chance is Jessi’s emotional roller coaster ride of self-discovery as she grapples with the meaning of love and life to define her own.
Genre: Fiction/Teenage Romance
Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback
- Kindle eBook: 138.70 INR/$5.99
- Paperback (available only on Amazon India): 183 INR
My Rating: 4.4/5
Jasmeet Sethi, aka, Jessi, is a talented teenager who has just moved to India (Delhi) from the UK, with her family. As she adjusts to the changes around her, mainly with the school, she befriends new people and also connects on a new level with her summertime friend Samar. She has always had a crush on him, but he seems uninterested. Meanwhile, she comes closer to Akash, the head boy. Will Jessi find love in either of them, while also trying to understand the school politics and dynamics?
What I liked about the book:
- Although it is essentially a love story, it also has other dynamics like friendship, family relationships, etc.
- The plot and characters are well crafted keeping the crux of school life and teenage love in mind. Anyone who has already passed this phase of life will be able to travel back to their school times. Young readers who are still in their school will find themselves and their friends in the characters.
- Jessi is shown to be quite mature and sensitive for her age. I especially liked how she takes Imly under her wing and ensures nobody is mean to her (Imly) just because she is an introvert and dresses differently from most people her age. I also liked how she fails to understand the behavior of her aunt and why her mother lets herself be treated that way by her.
What I did not like about the book:
- I was expecting a bit more drama and conflict, specifically related to two instances. a. When Samar lands himself in a bit of trouble because of drug abuse, and b. When Jessi and Akash’s friendship is made fun of by Dhruv.
- The ending felt kind of abrupt and left hanging.
- When serendipity strikes you, the blood in your veins sings and dances, especially when you are a teenager.
- It is never too soon to receive what you wish for and never too late to ask for it.
- Sibling fights are as important as having breakfast every day. We find each other irritating sometimes, but we love each other.
- Our family has a big problem of correcting each other. It’s a significant issue when everyone thinks they are the best.
- Change is the way of life, and it brings new colors with it. Enjoy life as it comes.
- Change is good. You meet different people from all walks of life. Our life should not be devoid of new things and experiences.
- It is quite amusing to watch adults behave like teenagers sometimes.
- I seriously don’t understand why some people scan each other’s plates and measure what and how much the other person is eating!
- No matter how educated we become, we are still slaves to certain norms of the society.
- Life mirrors your every thought, so keep your thoughts positive as much as you can, and life will bring you only good experiences.
- Too much desire kills a relationship, and too much hatred does the same.
- How do you decide whether somebody fits in your so-called gang? How do you decide whether a person is a misfit or a weirdo? We are all misfits, and we are all weirdos in our world.
- It is okay to share and express your feelings sometimes.
- Sometimes, we understand our friends even when we are not speaking. Silence has its secrets, and silence is the only remedy.
- Sometimes all it takes is to be with your loved ones and listen to each other and share each other’s joys and woes.
- The world does not go around the way we expect it to.
- When you get along with distressed people, they end up making you get involved in their troubles. You end up thinking about them and their miseries and not about yourself.
- We need to put a lot of trust in the person we love.
- There is nothing in the world that is irreplaceable.
- Friendship is more important than any other relationship in the world.
- The thing about people leaving us is that they never come back. Some might come back but not in the way they entered your life.
- Sometimes you don’t need a partner. All you need is a friend.
- Life gives you reasons to enjoy, love, understand each other, and we should live it to the fullest.
- Write your own story and make sure it’s a good one.
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