Half Girlfriend – Book Review


Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with a girl from Delhi called Riya. Madhav didn’t speak English well. Riya did. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half girlfriend. From the author of the blockbuster novels Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States and Revolution 2020 comes a simple and beautiful love story that will touch your heart and inspire you to chase your dreams.

Author: Chetan Bhagat


Let me start up by saying that, Chetan Bhagat is one of those authors maybe making a spot on my most favorite writers list. I have thus far only read three of his books, Half Girlfriend being the third one. I was not disappointed, or was I?

This may seem a confusing review, so bear with me. I really like the way he narrates, simple and easy with that Indian-ness of his. He writes about the youth and is considered a torch-bearer for the youth, at least that’s what it said on the back of the book.

I initially really liked Madhav’s character in the book, but as the story progressed I grew vary of him. Some of the things he did, did not settle well with me. For instance, (Spoiler) the way he tracked down Riya in the end all the way to New York was NOT romantic, a bit lunatic maybe.

Other than that, I liked his efforts he made for his community school. His passion to do something good for others was certainly admirable.

I have noticed a pattern in the few books I have read by Chetan Bhagat, that his stories are all framed within a story. Someone comes up to him and tells him about their life or he is sitting in a shrink’s office letting it all out. I don’t mind such form of story telling but it’s a pattern I have noticed, and let’s see what I find in his other books.

3 out of 5 stars.


8 thoughts on “Half Girlfriend – Book Review

  1. Maybe you’re right about the book. Or maybe not. It depends on which other books of him you’ve read. If you say what other books of him you’ve read, I can say what you’re missing about his books.


      1. Ya… If we compare the earlier ones like the Three Mistakes of My Life and the Five Point Someone to the Half Girlfriend, we’ll feel he’s missed something at the end of the book… Looks like a Bollywood type story… Otherwise, I feel, it’s a good one…

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