Haha, you must be wondering another post so soon? She posted like 2 days ago lool. I know, this is new even for me. But I’ve really been reading this month and I want to review as i read along. i am really enjoying blogging these days so brace yourselves for another fun post coming soon! (maybe day after tomorrow) I am shocked at myself as i write this too haha.
But before I start, can we talk about this really weird new block format of posts that WordPress has introduced? Does anyone else find it annoying too, because I sure as hell do! It is interfering in my editing skills that I learned with such hassle anyway lol and now this. I can’t seem to attach picture without a dozen confusing options about block/document; cover/image or what?? This is killing me. Please give me back the old wordpress editor.
Moving on, I’ll be talking about another rom-com//chick-lit// contemporary YA which is basically a disguise for “another love-story made on a dating app”. Seriously, I am not kidding every other chick-lit I’m reading these days is on social media or a dating app or fake accounts or in this case, virtual reality dating HAH.
NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides to take advantage of an expiring coupon and try out a new virtual reality dating service, it’s sort of a big deal. It’s an even bigger deal when it chooses as one of her three matches none other than Caleb himself. That has to be a sign, right?
Except that her other match, Jeremy, just happens to be her new best friend IRL.
Mariam’s heart is telling her one thing, but the app is telling her another. So, which should she trust? Is all fair in modern love?
Let’s start with the good, shall we? So our Mariam in the story has just started going to college. She is figuring out what she should do, what she should major in and what courses to take. This, for me, has always been really relatable and nice to see people figure out themselves with time. Her roommate, Hedy, who’s btw named after Audrey Hepburn is obviously a Film Studies Major Student and the conversations she has with Mariam on Italian movies, their colour schemes, the acting is so interesting to read about. There is a lot of talk on classic movies which is nice to see in books. Other than that, I really appreciated the inclusion of Irani culture. I always love reading about cuisines and cultures of different lands and Irani plus being Muslims was a nice diverse touch.
Now why did I not like this book?
- For starters, everyone in this book just seem to be concerned about love and relationships. Mariam’s roommate is not in her room? Oh she’s with her girlfriend. Mina’s (mariam’s sister) life is so boring – because she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Even their dinner-time family conversations comprise of “Who are you dating? Did you find anyone? Are there any cute guys?” And when siblings are having a nice day out, even then they JUST TALK ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS. Like is there absolutely nothing valuable about your lives?
- It was unnecessarily repetitive. Atleast uptill 40% of the book, nothing happened except Mariam making a fake account and catfishing her ex-boyfriend. I get how interesting and messed up this could be, but it could have the same effect in 2 or 3 chapters rather than 11 chapters. So the whole idea got pretty worn out too soon.
- Under-developed character relationships. I am a huge sucker for characters! Give me character background story, their growing up story, their flaws and talents and hobbies and weave them into a kickass story-line and you’ll have a 5/5 star book! The characters in this book were all so bland. I loved Hedy only because we could see her passion of movies come through pages, she had her own presence to make in the story which was unfortunately missing from all the characters. Caleb, the ex-boyfriend, had no personality. Jeremy, the best friend, existed only to give love advices and to serve a happy-ever-after end. Its really sad if even after 345 pages, the only thing you know about the character is that they are a brother, sister, parent or a friend of the protagonist.
- Also, the characters do not act their age which is 18+. It feels like Mariam, Caleb and even Mina are all in high-school by the way they honestly talk about all the stuff. It gives off major juvenile vibes.
I know the synopsis rounds rather cute-sy and all, but honestly naah. I wouldn’t recommend this. But if you want to read friends-turned-lovers trope through also adding the dating app twist, then you should rather give My Favourite One-Night Stand a chance or the new book, The Right Swipe (I haven’t read this one, but it is next on my list).
( I really wanted to insert the book-covers of the said books above but I cant get to attach them side by side together. I don’t know it gives some sort of a block option which for the life of me, I can’t seem to grasp the understanding of. Is there a guide or something I can see for the new changes?)