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Half Girlfriend

Simran Aulakh Book Reviews April 23, 2017

Book: Half girlfriend.
Author: Chetan Bhagat

Half girlfriend is a modern age romantic novel based on the unclear nature of the relationship between a boy and a girl, something more than friends but not in a relationship.

The modern age is strange because people find someone they like, fall in love but won't consider it a relationship. People need time to figure out what type their relation is. I am sure all of us has been here.

Chetan Bhagat commented, "Half girlfriend, to me, is a unique Indian phenomenon, where boys and girls are not clear about their relationship status with each other. A boy may think he is more than friends with the girl, but the girl is still not his girlfriend. Hence, I thought we needed a term like

 'Half girlfriend'. Because, in India, that is what most men get."


This is a story of a boy Madhav Jha coming from a rural background, taking admission in St Stephens and falling in love with a modern, rich Delhi girl, Riya Somani. 

Both Riya and Madhav entered the college through sports quota. 

Both were good at basketball. They get to know each because of their game and in the process, Madhav falls in love with Riya. However, He demands to get physical and Riya decides to leave. She later marries her best friend meanwhile Madhav decides to go back to Bihar and help his mother to run a school. He then happens to run into Riya and she helps him get the Bill Gates fund for his school.

She leaves faking that she has lung cancer and has about 3 months to live.

After three years,  through the revelations in her journal Madhav sets out on his journey to new New York to find the love of his life.


What do I like about this book?

Well, this book is quite FILMY. There is a lot of drama. There are a lot of emotions. There is a Friendzone. There are lies. There are Truth. There is 'judaai'.  There is the search for someone you love. There is the hope of finding them. There is fighting for someone you love and of course a happy ending 

Well, The novel is slow at the start, the problems of coming from a rural background to a high-class school are highlighted. However when he uses the words " deti hi toh de varna cut le" makes me feel a little disgusted and question the mentality of rural people or even men.

Anyways, the books pick up its graph after the fight, it actually re-intrigues us when Riya and Madhav meet again. Also, the climax is amazing. I wish real lives have such endings too.

However, I find it too melodramatic at some points. I'm sure a lot of people might not.


Word by me:

Well, if romance is your genre then must read. An 'okay' story I would say.

I personally did not want to read it till I read the first half of the book.

Try your luck with it. I find the title that over hypes the book.

I would suggest an audience of 18 years up for this book.

Well, enjoy reading it.