11 December, 2014

#BookReview :: Fashionably Yours by Swati Sharma

Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous but luck is not in her favour. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.
At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.
But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut - her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can't stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot, and she's not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.
Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out.

Fashionably Yours is the story of Maya Kapoor, a small town girl with big dreams. While her contemporaries are dreaming of finding Mr.Right and settling down, Maya dreams of making it on her own in the big city of Mumbai. As she lands a job there and moves to the city, against the wishes of her ‘well-wishers’, her adventures begin. From forming friendship to having an infatuation to her gritty work schedule, Maya discovers her independence and its cost. Will she be able to live her dreams or will they be shattered?

Maya comes from a middle class family from a small town. As such the author has kept her character true to her roots. As she tries to live her dreams, she discovers the allure of material things, an obnoxious boss, the wonder of friendship and even a man who puts butterflies in her stomach. She was quite relatable and I loved her runaway tongue. Aryan on the other hand is a manifestation of many women’s dreams. Handsome and sexy Aryan can match Maya in her tongue in cheek manner. These two characters balance each other out. I also loved the character of Maya’s colleague, Anu who brightened any scene she was a part of.

The plot is not very unique, but the author has added her personal touches to make it her own. In addition, the author’s simple and pleasing narration style makes the book more appealing. The small details that the author has embedded in certain scenes make them come alive and easy to picture in one’s mind. The cover catches the essence of the book and I think that the red double decker bus on it was a perfect touch.

Overall this is one sassy and romantic story that makes for an entertaining light read.

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