I know it will not be right if I put my word on the acknowledgement section That one section totally belongs to the authors. But I am one of those people who read acknowledgements. I have seen something on that I really want to say something, because of circumstances.
This is the time of board exams and kids are in huge problem. They are taking the wrong kind of decisions. And then I looked at this line of the acknowledgement and realised that even the educated people are not learning much.
Here is the line.
Dad, thank you for getting mad at me when my report card didn’t have high enough grades.
Please, boys and girls who are going to give board exams, if your parents get mad at you after watching the result, there is no need to take tension. There are still many options. Please contact me. I will tell you.
Next, parents, this is not a reason to get mad at your kid. Please show them other ways, they are already in disaster.
Respected authors and educated people, I understand you respect your parents a lot, but please, at least publicly do not appreciate your parents for their wrong deeds. That provides a wrong example and stops the changing process.
Now the review.
I got the book in exchange for the review.
Should I hate or Love is the same typical Indian romance which you can find in any movie or rubbish literature. I will just provide the hint for the story.
A boy. Watch a girl. Love at first sight. Both sides. The love that can never be broken type love at the age of 17. Boys’ parents fight. Just so we can empathise with him. No other traits he shows to validate it (later). The girl is a cancer patient. Never tell him and left the boy. At last, boy gets to know why she was pushing him away from her. The End.
I will never say the story is old. Because there are many stories in the world. The basic are little in numbers but there are different kinds of execution of the same story. But here even the execution is same old.
I was talking about the boy’s family. His parents fight. As I read, they are fighting as far as the boy remembers. I wish the writer has read the impact of home violence on kids. A simple google search would have done it.
The kid who suffer or see the home violence show a great range of problems in the teenage and adult life. Basically, most of the life of the treatment or therapy does not happen. First of all, they do not make relationships. They have trust issues.
Here is the list: Source
How domestic violence impacts on children
- Poor concentration
- Aggression, hyperactivity, disobedience
- Disturbed sleep, nightmares
- Withdrawal, low self-esteem
- Showing no emotion (‘spaced out’)
- Always on edge, wary
- Fantasise about normal home life
- Pessimism about the future
- Physical symptoms
But the boy does not show a single symptom. The reverse happens. He is good in education. He is looking at his future with the girl. He has high self-esteem as he does not listen to the girl at first meeting. He has lots of emotion. More than the girl. He cries a lot.
What physical symptoms?
He is so smart (like every Indian book’s protagonist because Indian are generally smart and good looking, muscular !!) that girls are throwing themselves at him and seducing him, literally.
What was the point of writing that scene of the library? Just to show that how deeply the boy is in love with the girl. We know it already.
I do not have a great love life but I doubt that Valentine happens in October month. I think that that week exist in February. But what I know of love?
Not of love but I know bullying. I never have seen (real and fiction) in my life that a school boy bullies a girl and then runs to his friend asking him “save me from her.” (100 marks for creative idea to create the plot so the boy and girl can meet)
That boy goes to the girl, the girl refuse to tolerate the bullying and then happen the inevitable. The boy lectured the girl about her attitude and makes her silent. The girl falls for him at the same moment. The F south movies.
Sometimes I become selfish while reading this book do not want to waste my sticky notes on them. By doing that I leave many rubbish things.
The character, I do not remember their name. Not a single one. So bad writing. English is good but the language does not do well when you do not have any story to tell.
Why there was lots of poetry? Not poetry but songs. Like movies. And you really want me to believe that a kid who has a very disturbing childhood and even more disastrous young life and then he became an ACP, which means an adult life of chasing criminals, a person of suck life writes poetry and then sings it to his colleagues.
The book is nothing but an un-hearted effort to write a book. As I have read the acknowledgement, I deduce that writer was suffering from the darkness after the breakup so he made up the story in his mind. But the stories in mind are much more beautiful than stories on papers. Here he fails.
Writing can only be improved by writing or reading.
Keep going on.
One more thing, there is no need to put your full picture with the guitar on the back page. SHOW OFF.