Book Review of “Just Friends” by Sumrit Shahi

Just Friends

By Sumrit Shahi

Picking this up wasn’t a bad deal at all. Sumrit has shown good potential with his debut novel JUST FRIENDS – a story that revolves around the friendship between a girl and a boy. The age old question of whether a girl and a guy can be friends seems to be answered almost perfectly by this teenager.

The story is about the two youngsters Aaryan and Tanie and their growing up years in school and hostel. Very relatable instances of the regular bunking, group studying, hostel tantrums, indulging in sports, examination fevers, friendships, crushes and first love add flavor and fragrance to his writing. School life is an important part of a person’s life. Those are the days of carelessness and alertness all the same. It somewhat leads you to your path ahead in life. For some, those are the most wonderful days of growing up…while for some a difficult road with hardships and bruises. Filled with humorous incidents and decently intellectual conversations, the book overall is a breezy and a refreshing read.

What prompted me more to pick up the book was its blurb/synopsis on the back page. “He knows everything about her, right from her favourite books to her favorite bra. She knows everything about him, right from his favourite soccer club to his favourite x rated websites. He will complete her English homework, even at three in the night. She will arrange an Armani suit for him, even if it calls for flirting with ugly guys. He has her picture in his wallet. She has his number on speedial. They talk to each other all the time. They talk about each other when they don’t talk to each other. They discuss everything from periods to playstation. They have tasted alcohol and then thrown up…together. They have bunked countless tuitions… together. They cant live without each other. YET They don’t love each other. They are JUST FRIENDS.”

Also, for me, most importantly, the correct usage of the language made it an enjoyable experience. I’m happy Sumrit did not disappoint me. There is humor, wit, emotions, and an element of connectivity.

Good work. Worth reading.

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8 responses to “Book Review of “Just Friends” by Sumrit Shahi

  1. Sweta shukla

    nice book one should pakka read…

  2. vibha

    I loved this book very much…a story ,concept,the way you handled it…every one should read..becoz its very normal thing that we take our best friends granted alwayssss………

  3. Amit Dangayach

    really nice i read this book almost 9-10 times but ni night this book always in my hands before i sleep

  4. i completed this book today…..its a nice one which got me ( a non reader ) into it….its more than worth reading….the decisive part leaves a mark on me too…that ” don look so incomplete…you already have the answer….” it’s something which stuck a chord within me too…..
    i hope u all enjoy too….Do read

  5. priya nemo

    superbb book i really love. every ni8 i read this book then only i go to my bed…its like my story… super

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