Book Rewind: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma was released in May of 2018, and as the saying goes, too many books, too little time. I finally read and loved it. If you’re all tl;dr, know that this book is fun, sweet, and had me smiling throughout!
My So-Called Bollywood Life is a super cute and fun contemporary YA read. I have to admit that I have personally only seen a few Bollywood movies, and even as a novice, this book was completely accessible, relatable, and just good plain fun!
The main character, Winnie, has a dream to be a film critic, and even went to film camp to learn more about the trade, including vintage film processes. She is passionate and headstrong. She knows what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to be who she is. When her so-called fated and longtime boyfriend cheats on her while she is away for the summer, she is determined to come back to school head held high.
Winnie’s biggest struggle, other than internal school politics over the Film Club (and her ex), is coming to terms with the fact that just maybe the prophecy of her love life is wrong. See, she thought Raj was the one. Her destiny stated she would fall in love with a boy whose name starts with an R and gives her a silver bracelet before she turns 18, which is soon. Now that she and Raj broke up, she can’t shake the fact that destiny must be wrong.
She immediately finds comfort with her best friend, Bridget, and starts getting closer to a few others with her new job. This is when she finds herself pulled toward another boy she used to like, Dev. She starts to dream about all the Bollywood movies she loves, but she becomes the girl in the stories – and within battles her struggles between destiny and her own path.
Personally, having barely scratched the surface of film history, let alone Bollywood features, I still loved all the references and the fun movie tie-ins. Anyone can enjoy this story, but I bet even the casual Bollywood fan would devour it!
I loved the drama, I loved the romance, I loved the culture, and I loved the movie references. This book is cute, fluffy, and pure fun. Come for the laughs and fun, stay for the message – your path in life can truly be what you make it, even if you feel your destiny is laid out before you.