Book Name: A Sip of Love & A Sip of Coffee
Author: Ganga Bharani Vasudevan
How many years did you have to wait to find true love? Avanthika, a love-one-guy-all-through-life kind of girl, didn’t have to wait too long. She met Gautham right at the age of ten and fell in love with him at the first sight itself. However, Gautham, who was love-a-girl-sincerely-then-move-on-to-the-next-and-start-being-sincere-all-over-again kind of guy, proposes Avanthika’s good looking close friend, at the age of sixteen, before Avanthika’s proposal could reach him. But before she could digest this, he breaks up with her and proposes Avanthika. This poles-apart and not-so-sure-of-anything couple falls into a relationship.
Will they retain the love till they become adults? Can maturity kill their puppy love? Will they move apart with the tide of time?
A story of how a puppy love transforms into a strong relationship as it collects maturity in its journey with time.
Ganga Bharani Vasudevan is a blogger turned author, hailing from Chennai. Though I haven’t read her previous books, I picked up this one out of sheer curiosity and the buzz that the book launch created (with popular Tamil director Balaji Mohan releasing the book). A Sip of Love & A Sip of Coffee is a young adult romance novel that stays completely true to its genre. The story made me nostalgic about my own school days. It would surely take you down the memory lane – first crush, infatuation, friendships, exams and all such.
I loved the characters Avanthika and Gautham. Ganga has aptly portrayed their contrasting personalities and how they fall in love with each other despite their differences. However, I felt that their transition from the 5th grade to the 10th grade could have had more scenes. Ganga could have explained their friendship or a few unexpected situations that they might have faced. It would have added depth to the story. Srinivas and Ajitha as Avanthika’s best friends had little to do, though they delivered the necessary impact. At a few places, I felt that the story had only Avanthika and Gautham speaking, interacting and flirting with each other with no other interesting characters, which brought in a few frowns from me. But the author cleverly made up for the glitches with her creative narration. I really, really loved the exchanges between the characters and the author throughout the story. The dialogues were hilarious and engaging to read. They were refreshing, almost a relief, when the plot turned a bit bland.
There were also a few editing mistakes which made this book score two notches lower. The author has to take care of it from her next book, so as to provide a fulfilling reading experience. Since the pace of the story is racy, it makes for a good read during your daily commute. I also liked the climax. It wasn’t a run-of-the-mill ending and was rather realistic. It earned brownie points for the overall story.
Summing up, A Sip of Love & A Sip of Coffee is an enjoyable tale which would take you back to those sweet days of your adolescence. Despite the minor let-downs, it is a breezy quickie that is worth a read!
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