Ayesha has just moved to the’ City of Dreams’ with her parents. She befriends the charming Viren, who helps her find her footing in Mumbai. Though she is slowly adjusting to her new life, what Ayesha is most excited about is pursuing B.A. (Hons.) Political Science from a reputed college. Things don’t go as smoothly as she had thought though. Because Abhi, her senior, seems hell-bent on making her life on the campus difficult from day one. Just when things seem settled, Viren joins the college as an Ad-Hoc lecturer. Is there more to Ayesha’s friendship with Viren, and her frenemity with Abhi? It seems there’s a love triangle blooming around the corner or will it be a Love (Try) Angle? Because Ayesha is not sure if it’s love at all.
My Review of Love (Try) Angle
Manali’s fun college story reminded me of the good times I had at my own college — entering as a fresher, enduring ragging by seniors, displaying one’s “talents” to an auditorium full of seniors, participating in extra-curricular activities, competing with classmates to score the highest, and chilling with friends at local eateries.
The college experience is something everyone should have and preferably away from the cocoon of one’s hometown. It matures you in ways you’ll never have imagined.
Manali is adept at maintaining the suspense over who Ayesha will choose (or if she will choose someone at all) between Viren and Abhi until the final few chapters.
I read the last two chapters twice to ensure that I understood what she’s hinting at. She hasn’t tied up the ending neatly in a bow, but left it to the readers to imagine their own scenarios. Also, it wasn’t the ending I had anticipated so it was immensely enjoyable to find that tiny but powerful twist.
The characters have an interesting internal dialogue going on that gives readers an insight into what they’re actually thinking vs what they’re saying aloud. It’s so relatable because it’s exactly the way we would think but wouldn’t be courageous enough to say.
Ayesha’s dilemma is also understandable but I was a bit surprised that the focus seemed to be on her interactions with the two guys. The first chapter establishes that she was firmly career-focused and she wasn’t thinking about boys or relationships.
Love (Try) Angle is a fun and quick read filled with college drama, romance, and adventure. There’s a special Mumbai flavor to the whole story that Mumbaikars will love, including the cuisine, eateries, shopping locations. Full of relatable Bollywood dialogues and song lyrics, it’s an enjoyable read that leaves you with a happy feeling!