3 out of 4 stars
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Find Someone To Love by Divya Sood is a story filled with love, sadness, hurt, and imagination. Priya is a young optician from India, living in New York. A former love from the past, Leyla, comes back into Priya’s life after seventeen years when a new optometrist is employed at 20/20 her place of work.
Priya is satisfied with her life in New York and has a cordial relationship with her boss, Sam, and colleague, Ed. She has a series of conversations with them. But in her head, memories travel back and forth from India to New York, telling us about Priya’s past life and her relationship with her cousin, Prem, who has just committed suicide. Priya met Leyla in college, and they quickly became the best of friends, with Priya having secret emotions for Leyla. Leyla is now married to a talented artist, Raza, and Priya is filled with jealousy and imagination of her and Leyla. They became close friends again while working at 20/20. Will this rekindled friendship lead to something more or destroy the little friendship they have left? Will Priya stand a chance to be with her long-lost love? Pick up this book to get answers to these questions.
Find Someone To Love is a short read of 240 standard pages and is written from the first person’s point of view. Because of the shift in timelines between the past and present, it takes time to get used to the book, but once you get used to it, you begin to enjoy the book. It exploits the power of past actions and how it affects our present and future. I commend the author for her writing style. The book is well written, with every line containing an important detail that requires the reader to pay apt attention. Ms. Sood wrote in simple words with a touch of reality, bringing the characters to life.
At first, I was very curious as to the path the story would take, but it ended differently than I imagined, and I must say that I like the way it ended. I must commend the author for ending the story in such an appealing way. It stunned me, and I would not want it to end any other way. I also enjoyed Layla’s character throughout the book. The way she faced the challenges life threw at her in a gentle but reasonable way was worthy of emulation. And that's what I liked most about the book.
The only thing I disliked about the book was Priya's role in the beginning because I felt she was obsessed, but subsequently, my dislike turned into pity. I believe other readers may love her from the onset.
I rate this piece 3 out of 4 stars because of the errors I encountered. There were mild instances of profanity in the book. I recommend this book to young adults and people that are or have been in love, as some might easily relate to it.
Find Someone To Love
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