Friday, May 2, 2014

Book review - Advantage love by Madhuri Banerjee

I had some preconceived notions before I started reading the latest one by Madhuri Banerjee. Having read and loved her previous two works Losing my virginity and other dumb ideas and Mistakes like love and sex, this one is considerably different from both of these books. The book is a light read and I finished it in a day. 

Advantage love tells the story of a young woman - Trisha and her dilemmas when it comes to relationships. She dates the charming Vedant Kirloskar in college, a young politician in the making, who woes and wins her over with his poetry and taste for literature. The two share a lot of interests including their love for debates, books etc. However, upon completion of their college lives, they are forced to break up and go their separate ways.

As Trisha continues to work in Delhi for UNICEF, she meets Abhimanyu, the charismatic tennis player. Wary of men, Trisha's insecurities come to rise when she starts dating Abhimanyu. Things take a turn when Vedant renters her life. Playing the role of her friend and confident is the level headed Juhi who is wise beyond her years. Neha, Trisha's mother also plays a pivotal role in the book.

I was expecting another one of those typical love triangular stories when I bought the book, but Madhuri has pulled it off and the book is a refreshing read. Like her previous works, she tackles issues such as virginity, boyfriends, sex which are still taboo topics in an Indian society. 

The book makes up for a nice read that is apt for spending a weekend curled up in bed. I enjoyed it and would give it a four on five stars. The story line is simple and the book picks up pace towards the end. Giving it four stars only because of the fact that I loved her previous works much more. 

Give it a read if you are looking for a good summer read! 

P.S. Did I also mention the fact that it would be perfect if you are planning a day at the beach ?


  1. I loved this book very much. It was a very refreshing and enjoyable experience. I know that I shouldn???t be comparing but when I was reading about Vedant and Trisha, I couldn???t help myself from comparing these two with Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor from the movie Ranjhana. There were too many similarities between these two couple.

    Keeping aside the movie part, reading this book was like breathing the fresh air and watching the rainbow. Yes, that???s how much I enjoyed the book. Each and every word of the book was so well written that I couldn???t keep the book down even for a second.

    The way Vedant whispers beautiful poems in Trisha???s ears actually gave me Goosebumps.

    Trisha???s confusion about the two ruggedly handsome guys in her life is so well described that you can actually feel it and you yourself start experiencing the same confusion and tries to decide that which guy she should actually choose.

    There is a part in the book, when Abhimanyu, Trisha and Leander are sitting in American Diner and Trisha gets jealous of all the female attention that Abhimanyu is being showered on. Trisha gets irritated and ties her hair with the clip. At that point, Abhimanyu very swiftly opens her clip and keep it in his hand till the meal is over. I don???t know why but this is the part I liked the most in the book.

    1. Hi Neha, thanks for reading and writing such a detailed comment! I have not yet seen Ranjhana sadly :( Is it similar to the book? And yes, the book is a light, breezy read. I like the way Vedant woos Trisha with his literature! But Abhimanyu is indeed the level headed guy here!


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