Title- The 23rd girl
Author- Divya Ratan and Rohan kachalia
Publisher- Half Baked Beans
Genre- fiction/ Love
Writing Style- 3/5
Smart, suave and confident, Rashv is a young man in his early twenties whose claim to fame has been never say die spirit. His life lacked any excitement till one day he accidentally discovers a strange connection with the number 23. He gets so obsessed with it that the number begins to influence everything he ever does.
Roohi is a fiercely independent, headstrong girl who is chasing her dreams in the corporate world before the “burn out”happens. She craves for a change and takes a sabbatical from work when she happens to cross paths with rashv who falls irrevocably in love with her. They have a whirlwind romance before Rashv realizes that she does not quite fit in his number theory.
On one hand is this number which has defined his life and on the other hand is the truest love he has ever felt.
What will Rashv choose? What will happen to his number theory? Dive into Rashv’s world to find out.
The story starts with the protagonist Rashv. Smart in studies but not so smart in physique. One day he encounters a certain connection with the number 23. After thinking about it, Rashv made a strong assumption that number 23 is his lucky number. He started living his life according to the number theory. After school, Rashv completed his graduation and stepped into the corporate world where he met girls with whom he flirted but he kept his number 23 concept in his mind and let them all go. While on his vacation, he met a girl named Roohi. Rashv lost his heart to her in first sight. It was love at first sight. However, after dating few months, he just vanished as he remembered his number concept. Furthermore, after discovering the fact that Roohi is the girl number 23, he went to Roohi, apologized for his mistake and finally had his happily ever after.
Unique theme but the plot confuses in between. Characters are realistic and believable, Descriptive writing style, the authors have done a good job. A concept that is out of the box. However, at a certain point, there were loopholes that could have been taken care of. Despite being a unique concept and perfect cover page, the story fails to keep the reader hooked at many places in between. However, there were some places where the authors stole my heart. One amongst them is –
Page 3- “Whoever you are, whatever you do, your life wouldn’t matter as much to anyone else. Whether you are rich or poor, whether you possess entire world’s happiness or are sunk deep into sorrows, it is only you who are in control of your life. So stop complaining and start enjoying life by actually living it up”.
Overall, a one time read. Take the book along if you are traveling or going for a short trip. Rashv and his humor will surely entertain you.
Negatives– First, In the beginning, Rashv life surrounded around his mother. however, as the story progresses and he gets into the corporate world, no hint was given that whether his mom came to meet him or she lived alone?
Second, In the starting, there is a certain line where the author first takes into the flashback and then tells us to come back to the present. That line, however, didn’t fit into the criteria. Few things should be left on to the reader to recognize.
Third, the story in between gets a little slow and loses its grip. therefore, the length could have been kept a little short.
Rest, no flaws..!!