It Happens for a Reason (Preeti Shenoy) - Review

It Happens for a Reason (Preeti Shenoy) - Review

It Happens for a Reason (Preeti Shenoy) - Rating

Author: Preeti Shenoy
Publisher: Westland
Publication Year: 2014
ISBN: 9789384030742
Pages: Paperback, 280 pages

It Happens for a Reason begins with Vipasha aka Vee who turns down everything when she decides to give birth to her baby at the age of eighteen. She ends up ties with her family and Ankush, the father of the baby because they wanted her to abort it. She gives up her bright modelling career.

The story takes us sixteen years ahead where Vee is a single mother indulged in two careers - a gym instructors and owner of a dog boarding facility. Her child Aryan is now a grown up school boy who thinks that his mother is the coolest in the world. Her friend Suchi has been trying to find her Prince Charming for long but none of the man Vee meets is able to stand to her expectations.

An incident takes a toll on her happy going life and her world is shattered. In the aftermath, she grows fond of the vet Saurabh but things turn upside down again when out of the blue, Ankush comes back in their life.

What happens next? Has Ankush changed? What will Vee do now? Does Aryan wants his dad back in their life? Preeti Shenoy takes us with her on a bumpy ride full of unexpected situations and casts her magic as she unfolds myriad emotions into her latest book - It Happens for a Reason.

I am a big fan of Preeti Shenoy. Undoubtedly, undeniably and irrevocably, she is one of the finest authors of India and probably the best when it comes to writing about relationships. I have read three books by her so far and have admired her for each one of them, my favorite being The One You Cannot Have.

Somehow, It Happens for a Reason could not cast the same magic over me. Now there can be innumerable reasons for that and can vary from person to person but I will count it as my least favorite among all of her books.

The protagonist Vee is a confused character. She takes decisions in a haste and most of the times we come across situations where she does not know what to do or what is right. When the story dives into her past, she comes across as just another accidental teenager. She hooks up with someone derived mostly from the lust and becomes pregnant. This flashback section was the major drawback for me. It felt stretchy and clich├ęd. Moreover, we already knew what had happened. It could have been shortened a lot.

None of the characters in It Happens for a Reason are particularly likeable. But that’s fine because she always writes stories that can be related to real life. They all are naturally driven by circumstances as someone would in real life situations. But when you’re reading fictions, you sometimes want to read a bit out of the real world. Probably not thoroughly but may be at some point of time?

I don’t know how many people will differ from me but the climax of It Happens for a Reason seemed forced. It can be because I did not want it to end like that. It can be because I respected Vee too much for how she had carved out her life alone giving all the happiness to her child and completing their world. I felt she was vulnerable at that point of time after what all had happened in her life and any decision she took then was a decision in haste yet again. I could not understand them making love while something (can’t spoil) of that magnitude had happened.

The good thing about It Happens for a Reason is that you will keep turning pages and might finish it off in a day or two. There are so many instances where you will get inspired. Through the incidences, you will learn things. It is not just another teen romance where things are all tongue-in-cheek peppy and corny. Instead you come across some serious situations and that is what makes Preeti Shenoy different.

Overall, It Happens for a Reason is something you will like reading. How much? That depends from person to person. It’s Preeti Shenoy, you just can’t hate anything she writes. There are plenty of phrases I loved, some of which I will be quoting down below. Do not expect too much especially if you have been reading all of her works.

Things are only as complicated as you want them to be. Most of the time it is we ourselves who twist knots in our path. Then we spend an entire lifetime trying to untie them.
You marry someone because you cannot imagine life without them. You are willing to compromise on anything, just to have their children. You want to grow old together, carve a life together and raise children together. The world outside ceases to matter then.
Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking outwards in the same direction.
 I think about how parents want only the best for their children, and yet they act in ways that harm the child, without even realizing they are doing so.
Sometimes things happen for a reason, though they are not obvious at the moment, and there is nothing you can do to control them.

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Amita Gulia
December 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM delete

I once picked up the 'Secret wishlist' by Preeti Shenoy, but don't know why, kept it back.
Lokks like i got to read her...

Anmol Rawat
December 16, 2014 at 3:40 PM delete

You surely should. Most of the girls who have read Preeti Shenoy find that book to be her best. I loved it too but The One You Cannot Have was the best for me :)

Ananya Sharma
December 17, 2014 at 3:36 AM delete

I like reading Preeti Shenoy. Will read this one soon. Thanks for the review.

Anmol Rawat
December 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM delete

Me too :) Hope you like it.


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