I know this might not be the best way to start a review, but I just couldn’t help myself. Romi is awesome, trust me. Oh and by the way, there’s Romi-the author and Romi-the main character in the book. So silly yet so sweet to name the main character after yourself, but both Romi and Romes are awesome!
It’s really been a while since I devoured a book! Once I started reading this book I just couldn’t put it down, but I had to (unfortunately) on few occasions, like when I would go to sleep.
This isn’t just a sweet story about a girl looking for her Mr. Perfect! It’s not only a girl’s quest for THE ONE, it’s a funny, romantic, sweet story about a normal girl with big heart and even bigger wishes. I’m not going to tell you anything about the plot, since you already can read bits from the blurb (and maybe some reviewers have already done that), but I will tell you about why I find this book so fascinating (oh, and of course I will point out the parts I didn’t like that much).
Let me tell you, I know nothing about Indian Tradition, and I’m not gonna judge anyone, I will just say..arranged marriages suck, and they are totally NOT acceptable in the 21 century (no matter the country). Romi’s parents are very traditional and at times they really irritated me, baring in mind Romi is 27/28 years old and she can’t tell them to F*** off (politely, of course). They have million complaints about everything and anything, from Romi’s weight to her sister’s tan. Their greatest wish is to marry their girl’s with good Indian boys, but for Romi, this is her biggest nightmare. At times I had even hard time understanding Romi herself, like the times she seemed so desperate, like she was looking for a savior (not only a man she will love). Also, it seemed to me she dislikes everything about her origin, from music, movies, to spicy food..Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t seem bitter about where she comes from, but she surely didn’t seem all that proud to me. But then again, this review is absolutely my POV, so I might be mistaken. Ok, moving on.
The story seems realistic and so do the characters. They are normal people, with normal looks (thank God, I’m getting sick of all the barbie dolls and ken’s in chick lit) and they do have flaws. But it’s their flaws (that might even irritate you at times) that will make you love them at the end. I especially loved Romi and Laura, they are just so well developed as characters it felt like they’re my friends from the real world and I really know them. As the author would put it, they felt almost “three dimensional”.
Romi is sweet, confused, fun, over-obsessed with men at times, but she kind of grew on me and the more I read, the more I liked her. Some of her statements were just hilarious, she’ll make you LOL for sure. She has awesome friends that support her, love her and advise her (I so envied her on this), but at the same time she’s also a super friend. It really was fun reading about their night’s out, their hangovers and the girlie chit-chat.
As for the male characters in this book, there really aren’t that many. Of course James is the leading star, and as cute and handsome he might appear, I didn’t like him as much as I liked Romi.
Wrapping up *cough* finally:) I really really enjoyed “Year of the Chick” and can’t wait to read the sequel. I got this as a freebie on Amazon (not sure if it’s free currently though) but get it anyway! It’s totally worth your time.
My rating: 4/5