Hello everyone! I’m sorry for being MIA this month but I had a lot going on, anyway, I’m back and today, thanks to Lonely Pages Book Tours, I have a book review for you all!
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of the book via Lonely Pages Book Tours but that in no was has affected my opinion on the book.
For fans of Morgan Matson’s Save the Date comes a charming novel about one teen’s summer tackling disasters including, but not limited to, family, romance, and weather—as she plans her sister’s Bollywood-style Indian wedding.
Mini’s big sister, Vinnie, is getting married. Their mom passed away seven years ago and between Dad’s new start-up and Vinnie’s medical residency, there’s no one but Mini to plan the wedding. Dad raised her to know more about computers, calculus, and cars than desi weddings but from the moment Mini held the jewelry Mom left them, she wanted her sister to have the wedding Mom would’ve planned.
Now Mini has only two months to get it done and she’s not going to let anything distract her, not even the persistent, mysterious, and smoking-hot Vir Mirchandani. Flower garlands, decorations, music, even a white wedding horse—everything is in place.
That is, until a monster hurricane heads for Boston that could ruin everything. Will Mini come through as sister of the bride and save the day?
I have quite contradictory feelings about this book, because while it is technically well written and plotted, I just felt like there was something missing. I wasn’t sucked into the book and while certain parts of it were very enjoyable, others fell flat for me.
The main character, Mini’s elder sister is getting married soon but having just started her residency, she doesn’t have the time to plan out her wedding. Mini’s father also has no free time since he just launched a start up and is always working. So, she decides to take it on herself to plan her sister the best wedding she can.
I liked how much Mini loved her sister and everything she does for her. Their interactions were quite interesting and fun to read and always out a smile on my face. However, Mini’s friends very not very well fleshed out. She wasn’t able to spend much time with them as she was busy planning the wedding but when she did, it was usually short and cut out so we didn’t get to know much about them!
The romance was also quite okay. I liked the beginning of it – there was a meet cute and a slowly building friendship as they learnt each other’s interest and soon started going out. However, there seemed to be unnecessary drama added after all that. I also didn’t particularly care for how it was resolved.
There was too much going on towards the ending, and I found a lot of it was not needed. It just made me feel annoyed rather than excited to know how everything would work out.
Overall, the book started off well and had a lot of potential but a lot of things just didn’t work for me and while it was enjoyable in a lot of parts and is surely something a lot of people would enjoy if they like some extra drama, it just wasn’t for me.
MY RATING: 3 STARS
Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read.She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing.
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