Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review- When You Became My Life by Anshul Sharma

Goodreads Summary:

Neevs life is marked with castastrophes after losing his parents and almost everything he owned, he finds refuge with his friend Aadi in Agra. Living with an old friend in a new house, busy with a new job in a new environment revives him, somewhat. And then, life happens. As he bumps into love and tries to keep running away from it, love follows him as Aashi a small-town girl with larger than life aspirations and a novel dream. Neev sets out to fulfil her dream but he has to pay a coast for it. Either love or life. What will he choose to let go? When You Became My Life is a story spun by destiny. It is a story of a young boy who takes it upon himself to defeat all odds and be one with love.


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy When You Became My Life by Anshul Sharma from Srishti Publishers & Distributors in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book! 

I was pretty much looking forward to reading Anshul Sharma's When You Became My Life especially since I figured out it doesn't end happily and that it was a quick and short read. While the ending was really good, the story in itself seemed very stupid honestly and a bit infantile. Don't get me wrong, it is not a bad story as there's no such thing as a bad story but the execution of it wasn't very impressive. 

When You Became My Life might not be the best written book- there were plenty of editorial errors, spelling mistakes and a repetition at one point too. But it sure has a very interesting narrative technique. Neev is telling Sam his story and in Neev's story, his friend, Aadi recounts many of his personal experiences.
Neev has had a very sad life so far. With the death of both his parents and no one willing to help him, his friend Aadi invites him to the city of Agra where he has made arrangements for accommodation and a professor's job for Neev. Incidentally, Aadi's sister Aashi is Neev's student and no surprises for guessing that the two fall in love, just like in plenty other books. 

The story was pretty typical but what irked me more was the characters. While Neev seemed like a poor and sweet guy, Aashi and the love between the two seemed a little shallow to me. Yeah, I get that everyone has flaws but at most times, it's about self respect which seemed absent at times. Aadi and his family were a bunch of simple and warm people whom I both liked and disliked. 

Overall, When You Became My Life was an okay read. It wasn't all that good, and for a quick read, it made for a stupid but sad story. I wish I had liked the book, but unfortunately, I didn't.



  1. I have never heard of this one and I'd probably go for it just because I love books with sad endings. Too bad this book had some other issues that I think shouldn't happen. Too bad the characters weren't that great and I see where your frustration comes from. Great review, Sarika :)

    1. Aw, you're so understanding, dude. *winks* Thank you, Tanja!


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