- Publisher : Evincepub Publishing; 5th edition (19 August 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 132 pages
The Girl Who Smiled by Sanya Nakra is the story of a young Delhi girl who puts her seemingly perfect life at stake, only to receive an abundance of pain. This story follows Ananya in her late twenties as she goes crazy in the wilderness of love and passion. But when the bubble bursts, nothing remains the same.
The author has woven a lucid tale around falling in love and discovering oneself. Ananya takes the plunge into the unknown, lets her guard down, only to lose and gain in the end. The steadfast and planner in her makes a rushed choice and leaves behind her boyfriend Dhruv in the pursuit of Agastya. Yes, she found love. Yes, she found contentment.
But is that enough?
The Girl Who Smiled develops quickly and doesn’t delve too much into the finer details. It has more action than brooding going in the narrative. The fast-paced narration and contemporary setting keep one interested. As a debut work, the book performs decently and fits the bill for a beginner-friendly book. Also, apt for romance lovers.
However, the story lacks on the character sketch front. A few loose ends bothered me too. Moreover, Ananya’s character jumping into getting too close to Agastya within no time was a tad bit unrealistic for me. But as the story proceeds, her growth is appreciable. Her response in the end did the job with a pinch of sass!
In a nutshell, the author has done a good job of sharing the story of Ananya. A few readers might be able to relate to her dilemma on some level. The South Delhi references were fun, to be honest!
My rating: 3/ 5