Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: Love Is Vodka: One Shot Ain't Enough by Amit Shankar

Teenage is a time when a boy or a girl undergoes a lot of changes in the characters. The choices they make for themselves not only affect them but also the people around them too. Author Amit Shankar in his latest offering "Love Is Vodka: One Shot Ain't Enough" has tried to pen down a journey of one such teenager. So is the appropriate message conveyed by the author? Let's find out. 

If love is all about freedom and honest expression then how can one associate it with loyalty?
Being a love child; Moon, the protagonist is anything but a conventional teen. With a leading TV news anchor as her mother, an aspiring entrepreneur as her boy friend, the word LOVE baffles her. The whole idea of having one partner and love being eternal is beyond her comprehension. 
Life turns upside down when she falls for the CEO, who happens to be her mother's boyfriend too. Destiny further complicates things by blessing her with a big time modelling assignment and she becomes famous and popular overnight.
A war starts waging between her head & heart on a lot of issues exposing her to various forms of love online & offline. 
Will she decipher the true meaning of love? Embark on an exhilarating rendezvous with Moon and discover love like never before.

First look at the title and the cover and glimpses of a chick lit novel hovers in the mind of the readers. The cover could have been much better than what it is right now. The title is catchy and the tagline goes with the title very well. The blurb talks about a person and her life's endeavors. The blurb has a lot of questions which will be answered by the end of the book. It's a good blurb giving out less to the readers and keeping the curiosity alive. 

The story is of a young teenager Moon who is raised by her powerful news maker mother Payal Malik single handedly and she is devoid of father's love all the time. Moon makes some choices for herself in life and ends up being the puppet of her mother's decisions and joins an advertising agency as an intern. Her not so happening love life with Ash her current boyfriend leads her to find solace first in the company of Adi whom she meets my chance and then D a.k.a Devil who happens to be the boss of her company and also her mother's best friend. With some startling revelations she gets attracted to D and ends up loving a person 25 years elder to him. After a series of shocking incidents in her life she is left stranded alone and she's again on a crossroad as to tread on which path. Will she be able to correct the wrongs in her life? Will she find love? What will life teach her? This is what the story is all about. 

The depiction of love between mother and daughter and few failed relationships in the first half makes the book worthy of giving a shot. The emotions in the first half binds and holds the plot together. Moon and her teenage melodrama is an apt portrayal of a wavered teenage life and few wrong decisions. The plot is strong in a few parts which is a plus. 

The downside of the book is the start stop narration of few events and sudden shift in the story line in the second half moving on a different path altogether. The end not quite in sync with the complete theme of the story line. Some parts in the book seemed to be rushed off too much and lacked details. It lacked excitement and some surprises in the second half making it duller with every page. 

The book with its catchy title and engaging story line in the  first half is a good prospect but later on takes a journey which is not an ideal set up for the book. It could have been a better prospect but left high and dry towards the end. But the teenage times of Moon speak volumes of how to approach teens in the volatile times. 


3 OUT OF 5

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