Started: 9th April, 2012
Completed: 11th April, 2012
Total Reading Hour: 10-12 Hrs
Just Friends is funny, honest, sad and straight from the heart – “The Indian Express”
Through his debut novel, Sumrit tries to reflect the mindset of a teenage and the relationship shared between the modern day parents and their children.
I picked-up this book because I wanted to read something light after reading 2 parts of Twilight (Twilight and New Moon). Whenever we talk about romantic novel, we generally talk about Erich Segal or Nicholas Sparks or Nora Roberts. I never feel writing of Indian author at level of such authors. Most of time, I didn’t like starting or Ending in Indian author’s romantic novel writing. I think, it is most difficult part for Indian authors (Specially New author) to start something differently. Same thing (Bad thing?) applies to Just Friend. I didn’t like starting but gradually, I started liking the story. Good thing is lots of new Author started writing and reader got variety in Indian novels. If you don’t believe, then just check out your nearer seat on Railway Station or Bus Stand or Public Place. New Generation started reading such novels very much and which is good sign for Indian literature.
JUST FRIENDS – a story that revolves around the friendship between a girl and a boy. The same old question – whether a girl and a guy can be just friends because at the end of the day, a bond is formed- a bond so secure, a bond which makes us so habitual to each other.
Novel is all about 2 different story of 2 teenager Aaryan and Tanie, their growing up years in school and hostel. This is a story of Aryan and his best friend Boza, his lots of ex-girlfriends, his “so called” true and distance love Ishita, Up and down in love relationship. This is a story of Tanie (at some different place) and her best friend Sumer, her love Rehaan. Related instances of regular bunking, group studying, hostel tantrums, indulging in sports, examination fevers, friendships, crushes, first love and lust adds more flavor in author’s writing.
Synopsis of book is also says lot about Just Friends
He knows everything about her, right from her favorite books to her favorite bra.
She knows everything about him, right from his favorite soccer club to his favorite x rated websites.
He will complete her English homework, even at three in the night. She will arrange an Armani suit for him, even if it calls for flirting with ugly guys.
He has her picture in his wallet. She has his number on Speed Dial.
They talk to each other all the time. They talk about each other when they don’t talk to each other.
They discuss everything from periods to play station.
They have tasted alcohol and then thrown up…together. They have bunked countless tuition… together.
They cant live without each other. YET They don’t love each other.
They are JUST FRIENDS.
I will not say, its good book but still it refreshing. Author has shown good potential with his debut novel.
It’s well worth reading. Get it and read it.
Source [Internet]: Sumrit Shahi is a 17 year old author, and is presently pursuing a degree in Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, in Chandigarh. Apart from Just Friends, he has also written A Lot Like Love…. A Li’l like Chocolate. In Just Friends, Sumrit Shahi manages to effectively capture the lives and moments of his protagonists when they go out of their way to help each other. The book was noted for the light and easy tone that it carried. Sumrit has a penchant for public speaking and nurtures an aspiration to become a movie director someday. An avid debater, he has participated in three Model United Nations Conferences.
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