Book Review: More than just friends by Faraaz Kazi

  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Juggernaut
  • Price: Rs. 120/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
A lonely Preeti moves to Mumbai post her brother's death. Succumbing to the burden of depression, she decides to end it all. Just then her doorbell rings. Answering it will change her life forever.
This tale is inspired by the true story of an artist who found that love was the only colour missing from the palette of her life.

Behind the book


About the Author

"My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water"- Mark Twain.

The winner of the 2013 National Debut Youth Fiction Award and also the recipient of the YCOF National Excellence award in Creative Writing apart from being the first Indian author to win the coveted ‘Best Debut (Romance)’ title at the international Goodreads choice awards, Faraaz Kazi has been tagged as the 'Nicholas Sparks of India’ by many and is rated amongst the top male romance writers in the country.

A certified soft-skills trainer and a three-time post grad, Kazi is the Founder and CEO of DigiImprint Solutions, India's first exclusive promotional agency for authors and artists that recently forayed into handling corporate brands. He also consults for a few public relations firms and publishing houses. Felicitated by numerous institutes, bodies and organizations alike, Kazi is a well-known name in the social media and literary fraternity. He is fondly referred to as 'The Young Marketer' and operates a revolutionary blog with the same name and writes for major media houses.

Kazi is a fellow member of the esteemed 'Film Writers Association of India.' Truly Madly Deeply, his debut mainstream romance novel is the only Indian book to have seven category nominations in the Goodreads annual readers' choice awards and is also the only Indian book in the 'Top 100 YA Global Fiction' list. Kazi is a voracious reader and counts singing as his second love.

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Me thinks

Having heard a lot about the author's stellar debut in Truly, Madly and deeply he was topping my TBR for a while when I came across his latest release through Juggernaut. When I was asked to review it, I was nevertheless over the moon! Wishes do come true *grinning*

The book is an urban love story if I can say so. However the cover is something that doesn't match the underlying tone of the book. I was expecting a nice locale and some flirty romance before it all ends well for the couple once I had seen the cover. But the story doesn't have any of the locales or flirty romance. It has a couple, both  bearing the weight of their past and haunted by the ghosts. The refuse to let it all go till they meet each other and decide to give life another chance but will they be able to start afresh is what the author attempts to tell us through this story.

What I liked about this book? The light hearted banter and the genuine attempt to turn the page and start afresh. It was a feel good moment to see two souls trying so hard to let the past just be and move on in their lives struggling with their present. The last few pages were a perfect roller coaster ride which makes you think how far will you go for the one you love. The ending though abrupt does seem appropriate for an urban romance as it leaves a lot for the readers imagination.

Recommended for its breezy narrative, refreshing setting and simple yet touching story!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like rice fritters - crispy and perfect bite sized tasty crunchies!



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