Book Review: She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal

  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Indireads
  • Price: Rs. 150/- (I received the book for review from the publisher)
Zoella didn’t know whether she was devastatingly happy or happily devastated.

Zoella’s been in love with Fardeen Malik, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family. In short, Zoella has no chance with him.

Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancĂ©e, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own beauty—Zoella.

This man, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.

Order now and read this modern, unusual interpretation of the old-age fairy tale, in which Zeenat explores the themes of love, longing and arranged-marriages.

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

About the author

Zeenat Mahal (@zeemahal) is an avid reader and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has an MPhil in English literature from Government College Lahore and an MFA in creative writing from Kingston University, London. She won a BBC short story competition in 2001 and has been a regular contributor to newspapers.‘Haveli’ and 'The Contract' are Zeenat’s first two published novellas. Her latest novel, She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, has just come out and is number 2 on Amazon Asia list. She can be contacted on her email: website:

Me thinks

I have always admired the author's ability to write romance in a very lucid manner managing to give the reader an enthralling read. She has done it yet again in this book as well by creating a story that touches your heart and leaves a huge smile on your face.

Loosely based on the famous story Beauty and the beast this story shows you both the ugly and beautiful side of love. Clearly defined characters, amazing chemistry and smooth story narration - that which makes this a perfect read!

She has all the necessary elements in this book to make it a gripping read - love, jealousy, fights, arguments, lust, fatal attraction, desire, hatred and hurt -  all these and much more ensures the readers have a roller coaster of emotions running through their mind as they read this book.

What I like about this author - her simplicity in terms of the plot and yet the layers she manages to add to them through her writing, language and detailing.

A strongly recommended read for people who love reading romance and enjoy light reads. This one will entertain you like anything!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like rose and coconut barfi - crunchy, sweet, yummy and perfect melt-in-your-mouth delicacy.



  1. Many thanks Privy! So glad you liked SLMHLMN :)


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