My So-Called Bollywood Life

My So-Called Bollywood Life

My So-Called Bollywood Life
Nisha Sharma

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781788951463

Bollywood film fanatic Winnie has grown up believing the future is written in the stars. Her family's pandit predicted she would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday. So when her relationship with Raj collapses, despite him meeting all the criteria, Winnie is lost. This is not how her perfect ending is scripted. Then fellow film geek Dev challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope: is taking the future into her own hands the way to find her happily ever after? To get the perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family and, of course, a Bollywood movie star. A fate-filled debut sure to dazzle fans of Stephanie Perkins, Maureen Johnson and Sandhya Menon.

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My So-Called Bollywood Life4/5

My So-Called Bollywood Life

Nisha Sharma


Winnie Mehta thinks her life is set out for her, a prophesy states she will meet her soul mate before she turns 18, he will give her a silver bracelet and his name will begin with 'R'. But then when her boyfriend Raj, is suddenly no longer the one, Winnie is left in turmoil, how can her prophesy not be coming true?

This is a quirky novel set in America with appeal for younger teens. Each chapter begins with a small Bollywood movie review from film buff Winne. There are also lots of Bollywood references throughout the book.

The story centres around Winnie and Raj navigating their break up whilst still running their school's film club and preparing for their big film festival event. As with all teen novels, there is a lot of drama and angst along the way. The relationship between Winnie and her BFF Bridget is portrayed well and Winnie's family also feature heavily.

Winnie does find new love in the form of Dev, a fellow film geek but as he doesn't fit the prophesy criteria, can she ever make it work?

Overall, I really enjoyed Winnie's story and would recommend!

332 Pages/ Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Jenni Prestwood, school librarian

Reviewed by: Jenni Prestwood