The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian – Book Review

The Bestseller She Wrote

BY: RAVI SUBRAMANIAN

Synopsis:

He was a bestseller……. She wanted him to make her one.

Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.

Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?

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Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protege.

The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.

Book Review:

This is the first book by the author that I read so I was reading it with a fresh and neutral perspective without much clue of what to expect. The story is basically about ambition, covert love, deceit, betrayal, loss and rejection. It revolves around a middle-aged romance between a Banker turned author Aditya Kapoor (who is also a famous and bestselling author) and Shreya who is aspiring to become a bestselling author. It has all the essential elements that makes it a perfect fit for a Bollywood masala movie.

Aditya Kapoor is a famous and bestselling banker turned author who falls for the sexual charms of Shreya Kaushik who is a beautiful, young and ambitious student with a heart full of ambition. She wants to be a bestselling author and enters Aditya’s perfect life to fulfil her ambition. Aditya has a perfect life with a loving wife, fame, money and a thriving career when his world (professional & personal) spins with Shreya’s entry in his life. It is on the verge of collapsing when Maya, Aditya’s devoted wife is on the deathbed. Will Aditya be able to collect the pieces of his shattered life and put everything into place? Will he be able to put an end to his adulterous relationship with Shreya? What happens to Shreya? Will Shreya’s book be a bestseller? Well to find the answers to the questions, you will have to grab a copy and read the book.

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‘The Bestseller She Wrote’ has been written keeping in mind the purpose of entertaining the readers by a story with a backdrop of the publishing industry in India. It has portrayed well the way Publishing Houses work and marketing for a book is done. Many aspects unknown to an outsider to the publishing industry have been touched by the author like the way manuscripts are selected by some publishers and how endorsement by popular authors help budding writers get signed up by publishers.

The author has picked many real life characters and has included their adaptation in his book. The male protagonist himself is inspired by a well known banker turned author who is extremely successful in his writing career (no points for guessing the name though). The book also talks about “bestsellers” written in post-globalised India by IIT-IIM educated bankers, which includes the author himself as well as his peers like Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi etc.

The author has done a fairly good job in portraying various emotions including internal turmoil of having cheated, jealousy, desire and ambition but at some places the story seemed to be dragging. The Bestseller She Wrote is light and easy read with some interesting twists. The language is simple and easy to follow. However, at many points the story was quite predictable.

The book may raise several debates as it has many themes that may not resonate well with the female readers. However, if they are looked upon from a different perspective and read as a man’s point of view on extramarital affairs, then it will present another viewpoint on what men think about adultery and what happens when a middle-aged guy falls for a woman.

What I liked in the book is reading it with the backdrop of publishing industry. What didn’t appeal to me is the cheap romance and the sexual scenes being portrayed in it. Also the story was pretty predictable at many places.

Overall, a light weekend read not much to offer for serious reading. Readers interested in romantic thrillers or looking for a light and easy read may give it a shot.

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