Posted in 2 stars, Book reviews

The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran

19324492Published by: Alchemy Publishers
Genre: Chick lit
Date Published: 11/20/2013
Pages: 288
Source: Own

Goodreads Synopsis: Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head…. Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a funfilled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life.Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy new things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life. The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo. Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the ride of her lifetime.

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My View: I picked up this book for a Goodreads challenge for one of my groups. The challenge was to pick up a book with less than 500 ratings. I have a couple of books lying around which fit the bill but this seemed the most interesting and easy to breeze through, so I ended up picking it up.

I am kind of embarrassed to say this but I have some problems reading an Indian-authored book unless it’s a masterpiece by Rushdie, Lahiri etc. The reason being the English is just different from the ones I am used to reading (non-Indian authors). But every once in a while, I motivate myself and go on. I did struggle a bit initially with the typos, grammatical errors and the different style of writing but later on, I gave in.

As far as the plot is concerned, it isn’t something out of the blue or very novel but it works for a book like this whose genre is chick-lit and is supposed to make you laugh. Well that is actually the plus point of the book. The book is funny at a few places and made me smile, if not laugh. The author has gone to a great extent to up the funny quotient. And I applaud her for that.

As far as reality is concerned, the office politics and some of the instances are spot on but sometimes the book steps way too far from reality to be believable. The main character of Anu is a marvel indeed and you will find yourself laughing at her antics. There are a lot of other characters in the book but I am most impressed by her husband and would have liked if more spotlight had been put on him.

The major weaknesses of the book were a loose plot, too many characters and stories (it is as if the author wanted to put in everything) and some cliches (happy ending et al).

The major plus point, of course, is the funny bit. The book spells good fun and is an easy, quick read lasting a few hours.

2 stars – It was okay.




Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

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