Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 20. It's All In The Planets by Preeti Shenoy - Book Review

 Destiny has been approached differently by various school of thoughts. For some,

And for others

Well whatever your take on destiny and love might be, the way this subject is served in the latest novel by Preeti Shenoy, it is full of twists and turns, which are at times expected and yes there are moments when they completely take you by surprise.

When I read my first Preeti Shenoy book, ‘Life’s what you make it’, I immediately fell for the compelling story telling which keeps you hooked on to the book till you finish the last page. And once again the author has achieved creating the similar magic with her latest book, ‘It’s all in the planets’.


Meet Aniket. Twenty-seven, techie, Mr. Average. His best friend is Subbu, a nerd who breathes, thinks and lives code. Aniket cannot believe his luck when he starts dating Trish – a stunning, sexy model, who is totally out of his league. But Trish has a list of things she wants him to work on, beginning with his pot belly and his geekiness.

Then there’s Nidhi, thirty-two, who has quit her corporate job to follow her passion. She is engaged to Manoj, Mr. Perfect – except for one aspect.

Aniket and Nidhi meet on a train, a chance encounter and she agrees to become his ‘relationship coach’. It’s a decision that sets into motion a chain of events that will have a profound impact on the lives of all involved.

One man, two women and the trap called Destiny.

Some things, they say, are all in the planets.

Writing Style and Presentation

I might be biased here because am an ardent Preeti Shenoy fan. While I am more of literary fiction buff, she continues to intrigue me through her writing and charismatic personality. But as I chose to write a review of her book, I will try my best to act like a critic.

To begin with, the blurb provided by the author, aptly summarizes the book in those few paragraphs. We know what is going to happen in the book, right from the word ‘Go’ but the journey is about knowing how it is going to happen. And full credit here goes to the author for making it an adventurous journey. The pace of the book is fast as other books of Preeti Shenoy but I loved the way she has infused a blogger’s perspective in between. Those little musings in between which give an introspected view of love as a form of indelible human emotion give us a breather from the action packed sequences. The writing and language is simple which is why her book reaches out to the common man and establishes connect instantly. The characters are from our everyday life and the situations also which lead their lives which is why we relate to them easily. Dealing with complex human emotions in today’s life can be called author’s forte but I feel there is a need for a change now. Having read her few novels, I feel an urgency to evolve now. For this book, the set up is interesting and the subject of modern day relationship has been explored well. The climax of the book which changed the entire course of the book was quite quite unexpected and can be called the highlight of the book.

Overall the book is a quick one day read. It delights the Preeti Shenoy fans but does a mediocre job on literary front. And I feel the author needs to reinvent her plot and writing style in her next book.


Amongst the characters, Nidhi was my favourite and could relate to her as she is a blogger, writer and artist. I feel she was the life of the novel which kept me bounded to the book. I wanted to read more and more from her blog which was almost like reading some post from the author’s blog itself. She was like the breath of fresh air in between when the book looked monotonous.

Other main characters, Aniket and Trisha have been well formulated and look real. The supporting cast has also been chosen with care and teams up well to take the book towards its own destiny.


I would rate the book as 3.5 out of 5. An interesting book but the author could have done better.

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