Book Review: The Boy Who Loved, by Durjoy Datta

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Judging by the book cover and the blurb, I did not know what to expect. The blurb said that the story was dark, edgy, and quirky and that’s what I expected it to be. But I found the story more gloomy than dark. Not that I am complaining, it was a highly satisfying read with a well-thought plot and strong characters.


Book Name: The Boy who Loved

Author Name: Durjoy Datta

Genre: Fiction

Language: English

I don’t have to tell you why people read books…. But many of us read books to dive deep into the thought process, experience the tell-tale, and above all for being entertained. Some do it just for the “author-reader tizzy” wherein the reader guesses what’s coming and likes the unexpected whereas the author loves being unpredictable and beating the reader’s thought process. 

So if you are open-minded about reading a little darker side of life and also being entertained, look no further than Durjoy Datta’s latest book – The Book Who Loved.

Now I am not reviewing this book to tell you that everything is great with this book, in-fact I am going to do a “critical autopsy” that will let you pick this book with confidence and read it without being lured into setting an unreasonable expectation.

About the Author:

Durjoy Datta [born 7 February 1987] is an Indian novelist, screenwriter, and entrepreneur. His screenwriting efforts include Sadda Haq - My Life, My Choice, Million Dollar Girl- from Banaras to Paris.

He served at NIIT Ltd. Siemens AG, and American Express until he co-founded the publishing house Grapevine India in September 2011. In 2009, he was recognized as the young achiever by The Times of India. In 2012, he was one of the recipients of the teacher’s Achievement Awards. He has also spoken in various TEDx conferences in colleges across India.

About the Book:

The boy who loved is a story of an insecure teenager, Raghu Ganguly, who is hung in the taller and the tallest building in and around his house for his vested interest. He thinks he has killed his best friend Sami by drowning him in the swimming pool. This guilt never leaves Raghu, and he wants to end his life.

However, in the middle of the book, a sudden stroke of luck gives Raghu all reason to rethink about ending his life. And that happens when he feels inclined towards classmate Brahmi Sharma.

Brahmi has her own bleak past… Like her sudden disappearances, the cut marks on her wrist and her suspicious behavior attract Raghu towards her, and the two fall in love with each other.

Later, Raghu finds out that just like him Brahmi too is possessed by suicidal tendencies.

There are several ups and downs in the book and Raghu’s life for that matter. He carries dislike for his parents, his friends, his brother. He also hates his neighbors. He hates everyone in the world except Brahmi and his brother’s wife whom he calls Boudi.

The plot is weak, and the story is fractured. No groundwork is laid before introducing an event or a scene. The reader is left wondering what is going on and where did that come from . one such instance is the sudden portrayal of the death of one of the supporting characters towards the end of the book.

The book has quite a bunch of intriguing and crazy characters including the lead pair Raghu and Brahmi. The characters are painted to be more on the unbelievable side. Characters seem to be unlikable, clumsy, quite irritating at times.

I liked the plot of the book. Various subplots run parallel to the main plot. The story is told in the first person by Raghu. It traces his life and the story of the people around him. There is a lot of drama and gloom both the elements are delivered quite well.

Overall, the book is exceptionally well written and it has heralded Durjoy’s foray into serious fiction.

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My view:

The Boy Who Loved by Durjoy Dutta is one strange romance novel ….. but yet entertaining and original.

To me, the book often reads like a Young Adult Psychological Suspense novel. Sometimes, it reads like a general knowledge book. Sometimes it sounds like a philosophical book preaching about life and death, pain and pleasure, good and bad and so more. But not a single time, not even once, and not even for a fraction of a second it feels like a romance novel to me.

Also, at many places, it takes you to a zone where you think that perhaps something romantic is going to happen between Raghu and Brahmi but then disappoints you as the couple just roams the streets, drinks tea, walks in the parks, etc. The story is written in a way making it difficult to follow the storyline.

Hope you liked my style of review.

My rating for the book - 4/5
You can easily buy this book from Amazon: The Boy who Loved

Written By – Prachi Mann
Edited By - Anamika Malik