Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss.
Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe. But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go? Assignment: Read this one. Your assignment: Read Life by Committee immediately!
This would therefore make an excellent partner with an exploration of the PostSecret project, as well as a thoughtful standalone with much insight about perception and truth. Looking for a book to read and discuss? She had such anger towards Zayaan and I was never very clear on why. Was it because he looked like his brother? Was she angry because she still desired him? Was it because her husband seemed to want them together? Was it because he was helping Nirvaan with his dying wishes?
I was never quite sure and he was nothing but kind to her and most importantly they were friends. There were some things that bothered me towards the end of the book that I can't explain without giving some of the story away so I won't. I'll just say that I struggled with some of the events that happened.
I don't necessarily disapprove of the events so much as the timing of these events. It felt cheapened and a little tactless. Over all this story made me think a lot. It had moments that I enjoyed thoroughly and moments that I'm not sure I'll ever understand. For that I can at least say it was memorable and would make for some great book club conversations. This book was in my to read list since forever and it was totally different from what I was expecting it to be. Falguni has beautifully weaved her story and pulls the readers in from the first page. As the story proceeds things about these characters are unveiled in bits and pieces and the beautiful way Falguni has done it just makes it so much more interesting and enjoyable reading experience.
Falguni sucked me in with her writing style from the get go , She created characters who were both strong and flawed making me love them even more. The characters were extremely believable and there was amazing chemistry between the three main characters.
A deeply emotional story, My Last Love Story has touched on heavy and bold topics. It was extremely well-written and tastefully written book. I felt for Nivraan for dying too young and for Simi for all she went through. I felt for all three characters for what they went through. A must read! Take a bow Falguni for writing this beautiful story. Hats off to you. Jan 01, Priti rated it it was amazing. With this book Falguni Kothari has tried to break many barriers of our orthodox society and I would say that she has succeeded in doing so.
She has written a very unconventional and a different kind of love story. It is a love triangle which I have never read before and could have never even imagined. For one person to love two different people and that too equally is something I could not have imagined. Each character in the book, be it Nirvaan, Zayaan or Simeen love the other two very much and With this book Falguni Kothari has tried to break many barriers of our orthodox society and I would say that she has succeeded in doing so.
Each character in the book, be it Nirvaan, Zayaan or Simeen love the other two very much and is always torn between the love for those two. None of them can ever decide who he or she loves more. I have read other books of Falguni. If there was lots of sunshine in "It's Your Move, Wordfreak" then there are lost of dark clouds and storms in this book.
This book will make you cry and will give you lots of pain but still it would make you smile also and once you start reading the book, I am hundred percent sure that you won't be able to keep it down even for a second. The book has been written very beautifully with each character given equal importance and all of them are inter linked with each other so well that it seems one won't survive without another.
This book is a very daring book in its own way and Falguni Kothari should be proud of this book with which she has crossed lots of boundaries to give us a beautiful book on love and friendship. I have totally loved this book. I would request you all to definitely read this book. Apr 22, Jamie Beck rated it it was amazing. I read this book months ago but only recently remembered that I forgot to write a review. My family just spent a short time in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I remembered!
I'm one of those readers who really enjoys a love triangle, and this one is spectacular because it is so different from any other. No contrivances or cliches here. Simi and Narvaan are married, but he is dying of cancer. He wants his wife to have his child, and to reconnect with their old friend and her former fiance , Zayaan. Wow, right? This is an imaginative, complicated, powerful storyline, especially when coupled with a secret Simi is keeping a tragic event the made her run from Zayaan, but that neither her husband nor Zayaan know about. This book is page after page of pure, heartfelt, open emotion among three friends during an extremely difficult, sad time.
It is beautifully written and will make you think about love and marriage differently. It is also rich with detail that will immerse you into Indian-American culture and religions. If you are looking for a true love story where there are no easy answers, this is the book for you! And exactly like a marathon, reading this book was indeed a dramatic roller coaster. The opening scene of a doting wife, accompanied by her cancer stricken husband visiting a fertility clinic makes the story start with a plunge directly into the core, without any beating around the bush.
Gradually while reading through the lines, understanding the characters and the beautiful setting of the Carmel-by-the-Sea, one will easily miss when the smooth line of a husband and wife relationship gradually transitioned into an inexplicable triangle bonded by love. Riveting Read Not a single word, leave alone sentence or paragraph, is out of context in this story. The author has so interestingly built the plot that every word is relevant to the narration making it a riveting read that will constantly keep you at tenterhooks.
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For a second, my gaze blurred, my heart wavered and I almost cried. Cursing the paradox of emotions he always spawned inside me, I pulled the red hood of my raincoat over my head, as much to serve as blinkers for my wayward vision as to protect my hair from the rain. The Story Simeen, Nirvaan and Zayaan are the three points that form a triangle whose every angle is intriguing. The unique friendship between a Parsi girl, a Hindu Gujrati boy and Aga Khani Muslim boy who had shifted base from Pakistan, was born in the port city of Surat in Gujarat when they were all of years-old.
With his days numbered he really intended to live life, before life gets on to him. In the process, the author subtly touches upon the finer nuances of life that we all forget to relish while we have it in abundance like simply watching a sunrise by the beach or silently sipping coffee with your beloved by your side. While the story definitely touches upon some raw human emotions, the love angle in this trio bonded by love is also very delicately presented by the author.
Zayaan was the living reminder of all that was wrong in my life, all Khodai had taken from me as part of His grand plan to keep me in line. Laudable feats 1. In depth research has gone into the making of each of the characters so much so that I can visualize all of them, not just the primary but even the secondary characters.
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The realistic style of story-telling is so appealing that next time when I visit Carmel-by-the-Sea I will surely look out for Simeen, Nirvaan and Zayaan. Sensitive handling of the Big C. Though we know that Nirvaan has Cancer and his days are numbered, the author has been successful in not letting the tone of melancholy mess with the story line. Only hitch 1. While this is just my personal opinion; as they say everything is fair in love and war, maybe this too is happens. Reason for star ratings: 1.
A very well detailed and descriptive language actually draws out each of the images, scenes and backdrops very clearly.
For painstakingly unfolding each of the layers of the characters so much so that the readers are totally in sync with them. For choosing a very sensitive topic and handling it so perfectly. The Line that stayed with me Life was just such a farce. Jan 07, Sahitya rated it really liked it Shelves: romance-and-or-relationships , contemporary-fiction. I went in expecting a sort of love triangle but I was definitely surprised. This book reflects on so much more than you thought.
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The friendship and love that the Awesome Threesome Nirvaan, Simeen and Zayaan share is very unconventional and not something you commonly read. But it was very beatifully written and I couldn't believe that despite all their feelings for each other, they still kept such secrets from which ate away at them from the inside. The book is also about dealing with trauma, los I went in expecting a sort of love triangle but I was definitely surprised. The book is also about dealing with trauma, loss, grief, death, faith and getting through them with the help of your family and friends.
But ultimately, the there is only ONE question that you are left with at the end - Is it possible to love two people at the same time and is it really wrong if you do? PS - The only reason for my 4 stars is that the ending felt a little rushed and I would have liked to know more about their life a few years later. Also, Nirvaan's fate at the end didn't sit well with me because it's not what he wanted. Jan 21, Tellulah Darling rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-adore. Yeah, those were pretty much blown away in the first couple pages for something much better and much richer.
This is love in all its complicated, brutal, gorgeous, heartbreaking, breathtaking glory. There is no black and white, no right or wrong, just myriad shades of gray and the messiness of the human heart set against cultural expectations and personal tragedy. Kothari should I be lucky enough to ever attend another panel of hers. Feb 14, Noreen rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , adult-contemporary , contemp-romance. I don't know what to say other than I'm so fortunate to read a book with a protagonist who is allowed to feel the full scope of her emotions, even if some come off as selfish.
That too within the contexts and inner workings of the nuanced cultural and religious backgrounds shown in the book.
Apr 22, Faiqa Mansab rated it it was amazing. One of Falguni's best books. It's a complex story told masterfully. It's the kind of book that makes you uncomfortable because of the raw portrayal of human beings, their pains and their struggles, and life at it's worst and how it can also bring out the best in people. Must read for fans of Colleen McCollough. Dec 12, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: adult.
I enjoyed that the characters had different cultural and religious backgrounds, and that Kothari took the time to explain what those differences meant and looked like. I even appreciated the different take on a love triangle. I would have liked more, especially from the POVs of the two men. What I can't get around is the forcing of Simi to have a baby she didn't want to have. Nothing will get me over that. Mar 14, Harlequin Books added it Shelves: Kothari captures the unique perspective of three friends from diverse backgrounds, while at the same time presenting issues relatable and compelling to every reader.
The plot is deeply layered and provides a touching look at how to face the unthinkable with dignity. It also gives a fresh and engaging look at the diversity found among Indian-Americans.
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This has the potential "This culturally-rich, emotionally-wrenching novel takes everything typical about a love triangle and turns it upside down. This has the potential to be a powerful story, one that unites people from varying cultural and religious backgrounds by going to the heart of grief as well as the soul of friendship" RT Book Reviews.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. David Sohn Editor. Lydia Sohn Editor. Each chapter of all six chapters complements the other so as to weave one single story. Each chapter is categorized by subjects with additional questions for further contemplation, practical application, and group discussions. A brief summary of each chapter is as follows: In Chapter 1, a Christian boy met a Buddhist school girl and a story about their nine years of dating and twenty four years of marriage as they raise two children.
Some fundamental questions in this chapter are: How does a dating story turn into a love story? Why do couples break up so easily today? What can transform a loving relationship into a lifetime partnership? Chapter 2 deals with personal inner conflicts-insecurity, disappointment, failure, separation, and emotional wounds that one may experience through unexpected incidents at school or work. The chapter ends with questions: Why do young adults easily give up on themselves? How can they overcome the darkness? What does it mean to love the darkness in their life?
This narrative also deals with the existence of God, theological questions and answers transcending the conflicting relationship between religion and science. How can they encounter with God? What does it mean to love God? Chapter 4 reveals his personal life. Author shares unhappy childhood and his career changes as a process of true self realization.