Wish Upon a Bollywood Star by Pamela Q. Fernandes was for me a okay read, and that was at times, a little all over the place.
My first read by this author, I was pulled in by the beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis. I have to say, I’m mixed about this book. So let’s just jumped into it, shall we.
First things first, I like drama, who doesn’t. But this book, has, for me, just as many good dramatic moments as it did, not so good dramatic moments. There is one major thing I have to say, the constant fighting, the constant unrealistic way that Soumya handle the situation from the start, was, for me, baffling. I have read books like this before, and frankly, this one was a little rough around the edges and to be bluntly honest, for a short read, I had a time fully getting into this book. Most of that I believe was actually, Soumya’s doing. I didn’t really like her, and as much as she grew on me, it wasn’t enough to carry the story, and fully bring out its’ full potential. Vir, as much as I hate to say this, was the star of this book. I found that he had the most character development, and growth, even with his jerkish moments.
Now as I said, things weren’t all bad. This book got some pretty good zingers, and the one thing I did like about Soumya was the way she stood up for herself. Strong and defiant. I loved the cultural background and I learn a lot. You can tell the author loves writing about her culture, through the care and detail that was constantly present in this book. The timeline was steady, and when I was fully engaged, I enjoyed myself, and at times was smiling and rolling my eyes at their antics. I would have like this book to have had more than one narrator, mainly Vir, since it was third person, that could have been easily done. I feel like that added POV switch would have added a much needed layer, and understanding to their unique situation.
Overall I did enjoy this book, even with my mixed feelings. But reading is subjective so please take my recommendation that just because I found some things that didn’t work, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. Give this book a chance, cause you never know.
-Review by @emorreale