Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Six Teen Mistakes by Nikhil Kushwaha

For romance books to work in the present scenario a different feel to it is required. It's a genre which is explored to the brim and sometimes fails to enliven the experience even from the best of the writers. Author Nikhil Kushwaha in his book "Six Teen Mistakes" tries to enhance the workings of love and relationships through the eyes of two teenagers. So has he been able to pull off the miracle? Let's find out. 

Six Teen Mistakes is the story of a boy who has just come to a world which he has never seen before - a world which looks so good initially, but becomes an infected chalice eventually. He is compelled to do those things which he has not done before. He soon comes to know that he is doing nothing but digging his own grave. He also falls in love with a beautiful girl, but it does not end quite well. But he still manages to move on as he discovers something unique. The novel depicts those things which are common in any teenager’s life - a common story of most of us, but with an unanticipated climax.

First look at the title and the cover and a reader can easily be lured into a romance setup. But the cover is a paler version of romance. It neither shines nor blossoms. The title is a generic standard working title which is not a perfect description of a book. It throws in teenage on the forefront. The blurb talks about a boy and his foray into the world of love. The blurb manages to keep the facts concealed from the readers. 

The story revolves around a boy and a girl. The boy being absolutely clueless about love till he sees her for the first time and the girl a complete rookie and a fearful teenager. Together they want to live a dream which is looks far from easy. But then the odds always let you do things which don't seem smart at first. So what will it take for them to be together? Who will put the best foot forward in this unforgiving journey of love? Will it be a memorable experience or a sticky ground to stand on? That's what the story is all about. 

First things first it's a teenage romance saga with an age old working concept of love at first sight. The readers who still believe in this overtime working formula in the books might be in for a treat. The sweet nothings will keep a romance facade on for the entire length of the book. A mix of emotions too will throw it's weight behind almost all the known facets of love and relationship. 

The downside of the book is it's failure to excite the readers. The narration pales and the age old concept of romance stutters barely making it to the end. The story doesn't brings to table any fresh perspectives of love rather sticking to the teenage mushy romances which might turn out to be a monotonous affair. Some weight should have been thrown around while bringing out the best out of the romantic tale but it certainly gives up and continues to move in circles which is sorely predictable. 

All in all the book is nowhere close to offering a new tale of romance. Rather it's an old wine in a new bottle. But this wine doesn't has the power to give the readers a taste to savor on to. It's a classical old tale of see saw romance with the only notable spark flying off towards the end. Other than that it turns out to be another one of the love stories in a long lost crowd of love stories. For it to work something spectacular was needed but instead its an old man's tale with nothing to brag about. 


2 OUT OF 5

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