Sunday, June 5, 2016

REVIEW of Tagged by M.Kaarthika Santosh




Name                - Tagged 
Author                  - M. Kaarthika Santhosh
Publisher              - Half Baked Beans
Number of Pages - 160
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 150

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Rating : 3.0


Blurb
Astute, nimble witted, strong-willed and handsome SaiPrabhu falls head over heels for the gorgeous Preethi Kapoor. What should have been a cakewalk for this girls' heartthrob turns to be a bed of thorns, because the catch is, Sai and Preethi have never met! How Sai approaches the love of his life strategically, despite being a stranger to her is revealed in an interesting and gripping narration filled with lots of twists and turns. Is it even possible in your wildest dreams to impress and woo a girl who neither knows anything about you nor has anything in common with you? Moreover, how to handle these girls who are always beyond guys' understanding? And the ultimate question... Will Sai win the girl who stole his heart?


My Review
There has always been high demand for YA Romance in India. If we check the top ten best sellers, at least five of them will be romance, that too teen romance. So, is there a formula for bestselling romance? If there us is one, this book has definitely applied it. Is the story a puppy romance?  Yes. Is it unrealistic? No. Is it filmy? To an extend.

Thankfully the protagonists are matured, settled people instead  of the regular formula of teens, dodging their studies. Another welcoming fact is that boozing, getting stoned and such paraphernalia are not given much importance. Films or not, while falling in love, many tend to get filmy to impress their partner. That way, Sai- protagonist's attitude and actions are justifiable.

The story lacked depth. It's an easy breezy book with vernacular narration. Narrative style could have been switched to third person since the protagonist bragging about oneself saying 'I looked like a super cool dude and my friend looked like he just jumped out of bed' sounded narcissistic. While the blurb is compelling, the cover page could have been better. For a debutante, authoress has done a decent job.

I recommend  the book to the mass of readers who like uncomplicated love stories which could be finished in a day
Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.