Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora

the lemon girl coverI received the book Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora as a review copy from The BookClub Group. This book is the story of Nirvi, a girl, who changes drastically following an incident in her life.

The Blurb:

‘It’s all your fault.’

Mere words these are.

“But words can possess a shadow invincible enough to rob even a soul of its eternity.”
In a society that finds it easier to mark sins of a victim than the culprit, Nirvi is a young girl punishing herself for the faults she did not do and avenging her hurts by defeating her own truth.

She is scared of her future, and ashamed of her past. She is failing herself, and knows it. She has had a long line of boyfriends, and hated them all. She detests the guy she is living with, runs away from the one she loves , and seduces the one who can never love her.

When Arsh first sees Nirvi, she’s a free and frank girl in whose eyes sparkle the lemony zest of life. The next time he sees her, she is a voiceless doll draped in clothes that cover her body less and shroud her soul more. And Arsh can’t rest till he finds out what made Nirvi give up her own real self.

Nirvi knows she is dragging herself on a path from which there can be no recovery. Can her spirit survive the treacherous downfall? Or is the pull of fear and push of desperation just too strong to withstand for a girl who believes she has “nowhere else to go” but down.

“When it’s time for you to fall in love, even a lemon can become the cause of it,” says Arsh.
But can love survive, when even the self love dies?

Can love survive when respect is no more?

Does true love have the power to revive a dying soul?

Find out in the pages of this brilliantly woven, intense, heart-warming and thought-provoking saga of RISING IN LOVE…

The story:

When Arsh is a final year engineering student, he hears a girl haggling for lemons, and is attracted to her. And he addresses her as Lemon Girl and they end up fighting.

Now five years later, he is back in Gurgaon, after a three year stint in Bangalore, he goes to a pub and hears her laughter. He has not forgotten her and a lemon always reminds him of her. He is sure it is her but her appearance is completely changed. Gone is the plump, curly haired girl, and in her place is a thin girl with straight hair, but the eyes are the same. She also recognizes him and is on the defensive. She tells him that she is here with her boyfriend cum live-in-partner, Samarth, Sam. Tiya, Nirvi’s best friend, unsuspectingly helps him enter the closed circle.  Sam turns out to be none other than Arsh’s classmate from college days, the professor’s pet. Arsh befriends Sam, shifts into a flat near Sam only to find out why Nirvi has become the shadow of the happy Lemon Girl he had seen five years ago.

My take:

The language is simple and the reader keeps guessing as to what happened to Nirvi to make her the girl she is now. The characters are very real; we meet a Nirvi or an Arsh every day.  The plot is different and the narration is done from the point of view of both the characters. The character whose point of view is being expressed is the name of the chapter. The story moves back and forth from the present to the past thus keeping the reader busy as to what is exactly happening and why. The story is touching and emotional.

Book Source: The Book Club Group

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