Book review | Twenty-Nine Going on Thirty by Andaleeb Wajid
Author: Andaleeb Wajid
Genre: Romantic comedy
No. of pages: 242
Published on: 5th March 2018
Published by: Penguin India
My rating: ★★★★☆
Priya is turning thirty and is overwhelmed. Living in Bengaluru with her best friend, Farida, and working as the social media head of a software firm, she's feeling the weight of becoming a responsible thirty-year-old. Not just this, she also has to fend off her mother's persistent queries about when she intends to get married. Things begin to look up when Priya bumps into her charming new neighbour, Ajay. Sparks fly, but she soon finds out that he's a widower and has some baggage to deal with.
Thankfully, Priya finds moral support in the fact that her friends Farida, Mini and Namrata are approaching the three-O milestone too. Free-spirited Farida, shy Namrata, feisty Mini and Priya are brought together by family drama, boy trouble, and the fast-approaching birthdays. As they navigate love and friendships, they realize there's a difference between growing up and growing old . .
This book is a treat. This is one of those sweet treats you give to yourself after a long day at work or college (or a long day anywhere). This book is funny and quirky and all those adjectives related to funny. Believe me or not I completed this book in 2 sittings. Not that it was gripping or thrilling, but reading this book has been a fun experience for me. This is one of those books that you will continue reading just because you are enjoying it thoroughly.
The four just-approaching-thirty females in the book are so different from each other and each have their unusual problems in their life. Priya has a nagging mother who continuously urges her to get married before its too late, Farida has to deal with family feuds over property rights, Namrata has to deal with her low self-esteem and Mini is this fiery woman who has faced a terrible break up for the first time in her life and doesn't know how to deal with it. Each of them has their own type melodramatic love life and with all the confusion and despair, these four women bond with each other.
The male characters are equally fascinating. The guy Priya falls for is a widower. He is charming and funny and head over heels about Priya but still feels guilty over falling in love with another woman after his wife's death. Whereas Namrata has a crush on the hottest hunk of the office and does not know how to proceed with her feelings.
Characters apart, the book is filled with TV series references like 'The Office' and 'Outlander' and has parts which actually made me guffaw. Though this book has a comical take on women dreading the dreadful age group of thirties, I loved reading it even when I just entered my twenties. I loved Priya and Mini's sarcastic one-liners and Farida's jaw-dropping comebacks. I loved it as a whole package.
My 'About the book' section pretty much clears up how good the book is written. Andaleeb Wajid knows how to throw the punchlines. She knows what will make the readers relate with their own lives. While reading it I thought for a moment, that maybe these are all first hand experiences of the author and how she has written these experiences made me feel like someone is reminiscing her life's story. Andaleeb Wajid delivers a simple and easy-breezy narration and makes her reader (here it was me) stop thinking about their mundane lives and just chill with her story.
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Andaleeb Wajid has published thirteen novels of which three are e-books. Andaleeb's young adult novel When She Went Away was shortlisted for The Hindu Young World-GoodBooks Award 2017. Andaleeb enjoys writing about food, and her most popular novel is More than Just Biryani, a book about food and love. She is a full-time
writer and a creative writing facilitator at Nutcracker Workshops.