Graffiti by Joanie Pariera – Book Review




Rene thinks all her dreams mean something…well, maybe they do. Vipin thinks his life is over ever since his wife died in a car accident…well, maybe it is. Upasana thinks she has it all figured out. But does she really?

You put the three twenty somethings together, and it results in some absurd and hilarious situations, which the characters themselves believe are truly dramatic.

And then there’s Mark – A man very much in love with Rene. A man who’s perhaps secretly writing a code book on ‘how to win in love’.
If you’re not living this life, you’re watching it happen to someone else and punching a wall somewhere going, “”balls!””

Set in India and the USA, ‘Graffiti’, lampoons a range of social issues, all tightly packed into some highly entertaining fiction. It is a novel about relationships. It’s about that beautiful puzzle on the wall…an ever changing puzzle called life.

Book Review:

Graffiti, I must say is a very different kind of read. Initially I thought it to be a light read as it claimed to be hilarious and funny but after finishing the book I can say the book has much more to offer to the readers. It is an art to convey a deeper message in a lighter way and this is exactly what Graffiti does.

The book is not an easy read and takes a while to pick but once you are with the flow you start following the story and the incidents occurring in Vipin’s and Rene’s lives. Basically introduction of too many characters at the beginning of the story makes it a bit confusing but later on a clarity is developed. Every character has their own story. This novel is a depiction of complex human relationships and the changing scenario we’ve been experiencing in relationships these days.

The book is geared towards adult readers and has its own share of drama, humour, suspense and romance which explore the situations that bring complexity to relationships. You may enjoy the humour in this book with all the quirky characters if you love adult comedy. Though we, as Indians, are familiar with several situations explained in the book, but at many places I found the descriptions about India, its culture and social norms a bit outdated.

Most of the narration in the novel is in the third person, with the exception of Vipin’s story that is told in first person. Though the book has some flaws but the cover is impressive and creates a curiosity among the readers about the content. The title of the novel is also apt as the story is a collection of events occurring in the lives of two people.

Personally I like to read clean literature, but those who love to read adult comedy may give this one a shot.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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