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Not You Please by Anuradha Dev : book review

About the book


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blue Rose Publishers; Publish Drive edition (3 December 2022)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

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This book was kindly sent across by the author in exchange for an unbiased review. All the opinions are my own.

Since the first time, he humiliated her in middle school, Mishti has never seen Vikram as anything but an arrogant bully-gorgeous, but a bully just the same. Despite the fact that they attend the same high school, she's managed to avoid him after all, it's not like they run in the same social circles. But the year before graduation, their English teacher assigns Mishti and Vikram to a group project along with Saahil, Mishti's crush. The timing couldn't be worse...because this project has the potential to make or break Mishti's high school career. To get into New York University, her dream college, Mishti has to make this trio work. As they're forced to spend time together, Mishti is prepared for Vikram to be a lot of things-irresponsible, lazy, rude-but the last thing she expects is to like him. But with a history of hurt to get over, and a perfect guy like Saahil vying for her attention, will Mishti be able to trust Vikram with her heart again?

My thoughts

There are some books that bring up bitter-sweet memories of high school days. Our first crush, teenage friendships, understanding our own hormonal changes, and so on. Not you please by Anuradha Dev is one such book that made me nostalgic while reading. Mishti, a high schooler scared of expressing her feelings because of her hurtful middle school years. Being bullied due to her curvy body she started corning herself and buried herself in books. Her nemesis, on the other hand, Vikram, is the school heartthrob. Mishti develops a friendship with the newcomer Sahil, as they team up for an English project. She finally found a friend in the entire class. The story takes a turn when she finds herself inclining toward Vikram.

Written in a fun and engaging manner, the author talks about teenage love and friendships. She also brilliantly addresses the issues of insecurities and body shaming in the book.

I find this book entertaining and the perfect comfort read for the weekend.

About the author

Anuradha Dev lives in the heart of India, Indore, with her husband, two teenage kids, her in-laws, and a dog. She teaches creative writing to kids and enjoys it immensely. Her two life loves are books and kids, so she has combined her passion into her profession. There’s nothing more intriguing than listening to kids coming up with outlandish ideas. She used to write as a child and has revived her love for writing in the last few years. Her works have been published in Potato Soup Journal, Literary Yard, and Page and Spine.

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