The Boy with a Broken Heart – Book Review
The Boy with a Broken Heart is a direct sequel to Durjoy Datta’s The Boy Who Loved. I liked the book because he literally went back to his roots with the book (his previous couple of books were disaster for me) and wrote something that touched my heart.
The book begins with Advaita.
Yeah, it was supposed to be Raghu’s story, but it starts with the journal entry of Advaita. It has been two years since Brahmi jumped off the terrace and we get introduced with Raghu through Advaita who finds his elusiveness attractive. She leads a terrible life at her home where her mother and her sister are constantly abused and treated like dirt.
Though she has a lot of pain of herself to tend to, she is keen on finding what happened with Raghu that left his devastated and made him run from a city like Delhi. This strange attraction soon gives way into a friendship that they would cherish forever.
Only if life was that simple! Situation at her home worsens as she is forced to marry a guy by her bua; the same guy who was after her elder sister and who did not leave any stone unturned to make her life hell.
The Boy with a Broken Heart is not entirely a love story.
I would not regard it bluntly as a love story. In the first book, I found something special between Raghu and Brahmi, but she doesn’t exist here. Also, what Advaita and Raghu share is a bond of friendship. The book rather explores the kind of atrocities or torture a woman face in a male dominated society. To top that, Advaita’s mother belongs to a lower caste. It was almost disgusting to read the kind of insults that were hurled at her and her daughters. If you do read the news you know in your heart that everything that has been penned down by Durjoy Datta happens for real in many parts of India even today.
Advaita’s bua is a truly evil woman who would go to any length to insult her mother and all they can do due to the lack of money is bear with it in hope of a better tomorrow. The book also focuses on how easy it is to tag a girl as slut.
Durjoy Datta does not stop there. With The Boy with a Broken Heart, he also brings in homosexuality. I would not spoil it for you, but he does add it within the context without making it appear as forced.
I would conclude this section by repeating my words. It’s not a love stoy in entirety. We do have that in the backdrop and Raghu’s condition often makes you sigh, but the book is much more.
It is an easy read.
One thing that I appreciate in almost all of his books is how you keep turning the pages. The Boy with a Broken Heart is not different. The whole plot smoothly grips on you as you continue reading. You start admiring Advaita and her sister. Raghu’s condition is poor on the inside but he comes up again as a likeable character.
It’s a really great feeling when you have been reading an author since the beginning and you can see the improvements. Although the Hindi abuses still hurl annoyingly in his narration, his storytelling has improved. In fact, he has gone quite mature at it. It’s no more just about the puppy love anymore.
It warms your heart.
You must have gone through some of it in your real life. Durjoy Datta has included so many themes into the context that at least you would be familiar with one of them or it would have been experience by someone you know. The struggle of Advaita, her sister and her mother inside a home that should not even be called home, the pain in Raghu’s heart, the grief that haunts so many characters in the book, the helplessness faced by many and the compromises one has to make due to their lower caste, homosexual nature or just for being a female warms your heart and infuses emotions. At times I did feel that he could have toned it down.
The Climax of The Boy with a Broken Heart
I was really satisfied with the book. I was happy for the characters and liked how it shaped despite of the clichéd nature. This was until the climax of The Boy with a Broken Heart hit me flat on the face. I was left dumbfounded because it was such a stupid idea. I had thought that Durjoy Datta would end the series with two parts, but he left such a forced and cringe-worthy cliffhanger in the climax that I nearly pulled off my hair. It was never required. The story cold have ended, but he decided to extend it further to make a trilogy. To top that he included a twist that was so unnecessary.
Overall, I found the book really good except that crap of a climax.
Durjoy Datta didn’t disappoint me. The book kept me interested even when my eyelids were falling down and the credit goes to his writing. I would have loved it more if not for that poor climax. Anyhow, it is a quick read and kept me glued.
Why invest so much in an emotion when all it gives you is unbridled pain. There are enough miseries in the world, why add another one.
Happiness is a rare thing and if a few white lies can help maintain it, why not! Screw truthfulness, honesty and other platitudes.
You came to be my friend at my most cynical moment in life, when I only saw the worst in everyone, when I firmly believed that all I will ever get from people is hurt. At a time when I believed I would just grind down minute after minute, day after day, till the end of time, just exist, live. I was broken.
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