My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.
Like an expertly choreographed Bollywood dance scene, Nisha Sharma’s off-beat love story dazzles in the lime light.
My So-Called Bollywood Life was another fun contemporary read for me.
Winnie was dating Raj for years before she wanted a break. Raj had changed and they didn’t want the same things anymore. But Winnie and her family believe that Raj is her soul mate and that causes her to think twice. Then Raj starts dating this horrible girl, Jenny, and Winnie realizes that they aren’t really meant to be. She breaks into his house and takes all the movies she bought for him and buries them. She can’t give back the bracelet quite yet though.
The bracelet is part of the star chart prediction. Winnie’s family believes that their Pandit Ohmi’s predictions are 100% accurate. He predicted that Winnie’s soul mate would have a name that starts with an R and he would give her a silver bracelet. Her parents star chart was correct and they put a lot of faith into it.
“Hope is never false, beta. Astrology gives hope like gods give hope. Although your and your parents’ star alignments speak clearly, that doesn’t mean you don’t have free will. You can do whatever you like, and your prediction may change based on your decisions.”
Winnie starts spending time with Dev and is falling hard for him. The problem is that not only does she believe in the charts, but also that Raj wants her back. Raj doesn’t believe in her the way Dev does. Winnie and Dev have a super cute relationship that started as friendship. I liked him right away.
I adore Winnie’s family, especially her grandma. She also has an amazing BFFL, Bridget. She is super supportive of Winnie, even in the end after having a couple issues.
“I’m glad. You’re still my BFFL?” “I’ll always be your best freaking friend for life.”
Winnie starts working at a theater, The Rose. She works there while going to school, having a blog, runs the film club, and is working on the film festival. The new adviser decides to stick to school policy and has Raj run the film festival without Winnie. This is devastating for her because she needs it for her application for NYU film school. Raj doesn’t even want to study film anymore and thinks that Winnie’s dreams are silly.
Winnie is obsessed with film, especially Bollywood. Each chapter starts with a small review of a movie. She also starts having dreams with a Bollywood star who is helping her figure out her future.
This book was cute and I loved reading about Winnie’s culture. I don’t know much about Bollywood, but it wasn’t weird or confusing for me. I really liked all the references.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for giving me a chance to read this early.
Have you read My So-Called Bollywood Life yet? Any Bollywood movie recommendations?