Title: Done With Men.
Author: Shuchi Singh Kalra.
Publisher: Indireads Incorporated .
Year of Publication: 2014.
Year of Publication: 2014.
Pages: 109 .
Genre:Contemporary, Romance, Chick lit, YA.
A copy of "Done with Men" was provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
The title says "Done with Men". Then what makes this novella come under the chick lit/romance genre? Enter Kairavi Krishana aka Kay, a bubbly young woman in her twenties. She has a job which she loves and she lives with her BFF, Baani. The only area which is not going so well is her romance department. After a string of disastrous relationships and a recent breakup, Baani decides to take Kay on a much needed vacation to the dreamy, sunny land of Goa to celebrate the New Year. Things don't turn out the way Kay would have liked to. However, there still seems to be light at the end of the tunnel with the appearance of Dr. Vivian D'Mello, an orthopedic doctor; a dream of a guy!
The story is said from Kay's point of view. It portrays the busy urban life of today's generation where they have both their career and life to balance. Kay's voice is humorous to say the least.
One of the factors that I loved about the book was that even though the book is about Kay and her antics, the secondary characters were well developed. Characters such as Baani's steady boyfriend, or Kay's boss. They were in sync with the story line. I loved Banni the most. She is this, feet firmly on the ground type of a person who is always there for Kay. I also loved Kay's inner monologues. The conversations she has with her mind aka Thought Bubble were quite funny and also had shades of sarcasm. There were a lot of funny, almost laugh out loud scenes and the conversations were very realistic. They were not rigid or forced upon.
The only gripe that I had with the story was that the romance happened too quick. It felt that the whole love affair was kinda wrapped up too soon. I understand that, the book intends to show that Kay would eventually find her happy ending, I wish it could have taken on a more realistic turn of events. If the story was a bit longer, the romance could have evolved a bit more.
A lead character, who is successful, has people who love her and is pretty in her own way. Yet she has huge insecurities about herself and has an imagination which runs wild given the chance, leading into events which range from disastrous to dramatic. It has a certain charm to it. Done with Men, in a nutshell is a story about a quirky protagonist who finds love even though she is done looking for love. A story about self discovery and how perceptions change. A breezy beach read.