Book: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma, Narrated by Priya Ayyar
Published May 2018 by Listening Library|Length: 7 hours, 7 minutes
Where I Got It: I own the audio book
Genre: YA Contemporary
Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.
Like an expertly choreographed Bollywood dance scene, Nisha Sharma’s off-beat love story dazzles in the lime light.
I really liked My So-Called Bollywood Life! It’s really cute, and I think it’s a good read-alike if you like When Dimple Met Rishi and Anna And The French Kiss.
There were times when I really liked Winnie, but there were times when I didn’t like her at all. I liked that she did question the prophecy, especially with how things with Raj turned out. It was clear that the prophecy was a big part of her life, and though I don’t put a lot of emphasis on prophecies, I did like seeing how important it was to her family, and how astrology did play a big part in their lives.
I also liked how she a blog where she reviewed Bollywood movies. Film was really important to her, and it’s what she wants to do career-wise. I think it was that part of that made me think of Anna And The French Kiss. It’s really cool to see books where the main character is into movies and wants to be a film critic, instead of an actor or director.
It was cool to see how much she loved Bollywood movies, and how it’s something she shares with her dad. It’s interesting, because I feel like it doesn’t happen a lot in YA. Of course, that would require parents to be around in YA, and that’s something that doesn’t happen often. It’s nice to see her relationship with her family, and it was clear that family is important to all of them.
Wanting love and a happy ending was important for Raj, Dev, and Winnie. In the case of Raj and Dev, it didn’t feel fake, and it’s nice to see a book where guys believe in love.
One thing that I thought was interesting was how each chapter started off with a rating of a Bollywood movie. It was different, but I thought it really worked. At the end of book, we also get Winnie’s reviews of each of the movies mentioned in the book. I don’t know if it’s different in the print version, since I went with the audio book, but it was fun to hear her actual reviews. I thought it worked well at the end of the audio, especially because I don’t know that it would have worked at the beginning of each chapter. It would be cool to see it worked into each chapter in the print version.
Speaking of the audio book, I really liked the narrator! I felt like she really captured who Winnie is as a person. I’m glad I went with audio for this one. Looking back, I don’t know if I would have liked nearly as much if I read it, but it worked really well on audio.
4 stars. I really liked My So-Called Bollywood Life. It’s a really cute contemporary romance, and worth reading!