The One you cannot have – Book Review

I’m one among the many followers of Preeti Shenoy’s blog, and have read her previous books as well. I had picked this book earlier in December, and finally read it today..


From Goodreads…

How long does it take to heal a broken heart? Can you ever forget that one perfect relationship you had? Anjali knows who she wants, she wants Aman. Aman too knows who he wants, he wants Shruti. Shruti and Aman were once inseparable. Theirs was a love that would last forever and more. Then, out of the blue, Shruti left Aman. A devastated Aman moved abroad in the hope of forgetting Shruti and to heal. Shruti married Rishabh. Now Aman is back in India and looking for a fresh start. But he is still haunted by memories of his love. Can he ever break free from it? His head tells him to move on, to find love with Anjali, but his heart wont listen. No matter what he does, Shruti’s shadow looms large. Can there be a happily-ever-after for any of them? A straight-from-the-heart modern-day romance of unrequited love, of complicated relationships and about moving on when you realize that there will always be the one you cannot have.

Preeti’s books are much talked about for the reality in it unlike the IITian-based filmy “bestsellers” (no, I’m not prejudiced!!) Among the three, i liked the portrayal of Anjali’s character the most. Very easy-going and cheerful she really charms her way inside you. Even though the main female protagonist Shruti is described as the artistic one, a romantic at heart, I still go for Anjali. Aman comes of as a very sensible guy, who fights hard with his past and engrosses himself in his work. He truly wins my heart when he makes the right decision to move on and pursue Anjali. And i hated Shruti’s friend Asha. It was an ok-ok read, for me. The plot was good, but the story had been dragging here and there. Unrequited love is hard, but when its gets mentioned too many times, you no longer relate to it.  I kind of felt as though all the married characters were trying to convey one thing to the universe – marriages are a hard thing to work on, no matter what happens, one of the two will fall out of love. It might be a bitter truth,but then projecting that so many times throughout the novel was kind of a minus, at least to me. And there was nothing about Dipika – the desperate housewife –  in the end.

Preeti has played around with the narration, told from all three characters, especially Aman’s – a guy’s perspective, a first for the author. And no doubt, it has come out so very well. The bits from the magazine Anjali works for -Tiara – the relationship advice were all pretty well known, and there was nothing much different about it. And the poem Shruti writes for Aman is damn good, after all how can we forget that Preeti Shenoy is a poet too.. I’m not totally against this book, but it didn’t work for me. A one-time read?  I did love “Tea for two and a piece of cake” though.

I would still give a 3/5.. the parts where its just Aman and Anjali is no-nonsense and good.


P.S. was trying to post this for two days, somehow Publish did not work 😦

One thought on “The One you cannot have – Book Review

  1. I just love dthis book… the special part in this book that it has maintained the interest of the reader by divideing the book in three different but related to each other part..!!

    everything is shown in the book which almost every young persons suffers from like love attachment flirt timepass society family etc..
    one must read this book..!!

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