Book Reviews / Fiction

Book Review: Rainbow: The Shades of Love by Aman Jassal

My Rating***

You are the sun and I am the rain. Together we will make Rainbows.

‘Rainbow: The Shades of Love’ is a debut book by Aman Jassal. It is about a boy Yuvi (a pleasure seeking boy) who falls in love with Simran. However, falling in love does not stop him to sleep around with all the erroneous girls. Soon Yuvi realises that he has been doing a terrible mistake. He starts feeling guilty, the feeling of having done something terrible. He promises himself to stop all this and be faithful to Simran. But then, life is not so simple. Is it? His past deeds come back to his present and start hunting him. So, what happens when Simran comes to know about Yuvi’s duplicitous nature? Does the relation between Simran and Yuvi continue? These are some parts I think you should know by reading the book.

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The novel tries to raise the old question once again: Is it love which makes the world go round or is it sex? This question has already been dealt a number of times by different author in different ways. This book presents one of such views. So, what is new in this book? Well! To be frank, there is nothing that we can say different. However, reading this book does not disappoint you. There is certain freshness in the approach the story has been dealt with. The book is basically written with a youngster’s point of view and will certainly appeal to that age group. In general, the author has done a decent job. He has not over exposed any one character and the storyline is balanced giving justice to each character. The book is fast paced and has been written in simple language. While the climax was a bit predictable, the story ends well. The author beautifully made us comprehend what real and pure love is and how the main character was able to understand it. When I finished reading this book, I wondered how other readers would react to this ending. I refrained myself judging it. However, I do understand that many people will.

We find the use of non-English words in many places in the storyline which could have been avoided. Likewise, the title doesn’t do justice to the novel. The motif of rainbow could have been skilfully integrated throughout the book. I feel that there was ample scope to do that. The only place where the motif of rainbow is dexterously worked is the last chapter and it reads really well.

It is not a book which leaves a long lasting impression; neither it is an insightful read. But, surely it is a pleasant and enjoyable read. Much better than some of Chetan Bhagat’s books. The book keeps you absorbed without letting you put it down without completing.

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.)

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