09 December, 2016

#BookReview :: Never Gone by Anusha Subramaniam

Siddharth and Veera have a connection they refuse to acknowledge. There is more to Kavya than her snooty social-butterfly act. Mahir is the heartbroken heartbreaker. 
Aslesha has built all her friendships on a foundation of lies. Nikhil has spent his entire life learning how to shut people out. 
All Aakash wants is a second chance. And then there's Ananya. The one who was born to raise hell and change the world.

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Never Gone is a story of a group of young adult friends dealing with their adolescent life. From education to relationships, this group of friends tends to take on everything head on and live life to the fullest. Like in any group, each person has their individual identity and role to play. They hold each other up, make fun of each other, fight and make up. For young adult readers it would be like seeing their own friendships and issues being talked about in the book. For readers of my age, who has already outgrown that period of their life, this book is certain to make them feel nostalgic about their own lives.

Anusha has written a book that brings several characters alive through the pages. The nuances of each character and their camaraderie really liven up the story. Each relationship explored in the book is different from the other as are the individuals involved in it. The characters and situations feel pretty real and easy to relate to. The plot line is pretty straightforward and there are no twists that will take you by surprise. The narrative is kept light and fun keeping in tune with the story.

My only problem with the book lies in its ending. Books of this genre usually deals with reality more than anything else. While every other aspect of the book was kept real, the author has given this book more of a fairy tale ending. In life there are broken hearts and unresolved issues that people need to deal with. In this book however, everyone seem to find their happily ever after which felt very clichéd and spoiled the ending for me.

Review Copy received from Penguin-Random House India

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