Book Review: ‘Half Girlfriend’ by Chetan Bhagat

Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat Book Cover

Book Title: Half Girlfriend
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Publisher: Rupa & Co
Number of Pages: 280
ISBN: 978-8129135728
Date Published: Jan. 1. 2014
Price: INR 184

Book Review

“Half Girlfriend” by Chetan Bhagat is a contemporary romance novel that revolves around the story of a small-town boy Madhav Jha and his love interest, the wealthy and sophisticated Riya Somani.

The story starts with Madhav’s struggle to adapt to the fast-paced lifestyle of Delhi University, where he meets Riya. Despite coming from different worlds, they develop a close friendship that soon turns into a romantic relationship. However, as Riya is not ready for a committed relationship, she proposes the idea of being his “half-girlfriend,” a term coined by Madhav himself to describe their relationship.

The novel explores the ups and downs of their relationship and how their different backgrounds and aspirations create hurdles in their love story. The author has portrayed the characters with depth, and the reader can relate to their struggles and emotions.

One of the strengths of the book is the portrayal of Madhav’s character, who comes from a rural background and is determined to make it big in the city. His journey of self-discovery and growth is inspiring, and the reader can’t help but root for him throughout the book.

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The book was adapted on screen with Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles.

In conclusion, “Half Girlfriend” is an easy-to-read novel that explores the complexities of modern relationships. While it may not be a literary masterpiece, it does have its moments of insight and emotional depth. If you enjoy contemporary romance novels, you might find this book a worthwhile read.

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