Just the Way You are by Sanjeev Ranjan


51wZYBABKEL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I received Just the Way You Are by Sanjeev Ranjan as a review copy from The Readdicts Book Blog.  Thank you, Janhvi & Sarika @ The Readdicts for the same.

The Blurb:

Love happens when you least expect it…

Sameer is a Steve Jobs fan, a consultant at an investment bank, and a confused soul looking for love. As he moves cities to study and work, he falls in and out of love,but fails to find the one person who belongs with him. In comes Shagun, whom he marries. But he leaves the very next day for Switzerland…to start a dream Job. In the meantime, Shagun starts reading his diary! What does she find in there?

Will this spell the end of their marriage? With Sameer not around to defend himself,what is the future of their relationship?

Just the Way You Are is a humorous, heart-warming story about one man’s quest for true love.

The story:

Sameer has always been unlucky in love, so much so, that his parents give up hope of his marriage and then he sees Shagun reading a book in the library. He falls in love with her, not for her looks but because she is reading a book which he himself was unable to finish. Now, three years later, at 34, he gets married to Shagun, his girlfriend of three years, only to land up at the airport the very next morning to catch a flight to Switzerland, to join his dream job, much to the disappointment of his parents.  As Shagun helps him pack his back his bags, she stumbles upon his diary, and starts reading it. And the story moves back into flashback.  It seems that Sameer is reading out his diary to Shagun.

So how does Shagun react, when she reads about his past which he has shared with no one not even her? And how does Sameer feel now that he knows that Shagun knows all about him…

My take:

The book has been written in first person from Sameer’s perspective. The language is simple and the flow is good. The cover is cute. Sameer has been portrayed as a normal guy from a simple family who wants to do well both in professional and personal life.

I felt that the author could have told more about Sameer’s present that detailing his past.

This tour also included a read-along (my first, so I did not know what to expect), in which I was asked to keep the reading part of the book for the entire month of July. The book was divided into three parts which we discussed at length every five days so even though I finished the book in two days flat, it is fast paced; I still had to wait to post the review on 31st. It was of course, part of the deal.

Book Source: The Readdicts

Publisher:Random House India

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