Book Review: 7 To The Other Side

7 To The Other Side
Book: 7 To The Other Side

Author: Roma Dutia

Plot: 23 year old Joshua White wakes up in a hospital bed, unaware of how he got there in the first place. All of a sudden, he sees events from his life being played out right from the time he first attended school with his best friend, George to the birth of his younger brother, Ethan, who looked up to him. He goes through the trauma of losing a dear one and the ecstasy of personal success. He is reminded of a trip to India that changes his life, and the presence of Ayesha- a girl he is romantically linked with. But does he get to pursue his ambition? Is Ayesha really the girl he yearns for? Does his friendship with George stand the test of time? Through these visions Joshua realizes what he meant to others and how they in turn changed his life. But can he change thing or has fate already sealed his destiny?

Rating: 4/5 stars


Its an extended summary of the book

A huge thanks to the author for providing me with the copy of the book

I think I should perhaps start with saying that the author should perhaps fire the person who wrote the synopsis because that definitely does not match the book I read. It sort of prepares you to read a book that is perhaps a psychological thriller explaining the gap between death and life but the actual book in talk is nowhere remotely close to being that complicated in fact the book is a light, fun and quick read. In fact a little too quick.

If you want to pick up a book that is easy, breezy and quick then yes this is the book for you. Perhaps that is also the trouble with the book for me that it is a bit too fast and quick to end. The book might as well be an extended summary of an actual book.

The book to me is a classic example of what happens with a first time author (I think I have mentioned it somewhere). You are bustling with an energy and the craving to tell the story that has been fighting inside your head to let it out and in that struggle all you want is to just finish it but the outcome in this case gets maltreated due to the haste and that is exactly what happened with the book

The book has a very impressive story to tell (don’t go with the synopsis) but the book is just touching on everything briefly and moving quickly to the next and in doing so it is not stopping its pace and giving the readers the chance to understand the depth, emotions and even knowing their characters. The book is what happens when you narrate an entire lifetime worth of story in one breath.

I guess this is where I get awed by the skill of Stephanie Meyer. If you observe closely, the actual events is barely enough to cover half a page but the woman could write a bible equivalent volume with just explaining and revolving around descriptions and emotions and the best part, you won’t even realize that for the past three pages nothing has been happening in the book and mainly is all about what the character is feeling.

So anyways coming back to this book, there is lot happening in the book but because things are moving extremely fast, nothing sticks yet you do travel through a lot in few pages. All I wish for the book is that it had a little more depth as in stop at each scene/event and give it a bit time to grow and readers to get comfortable and then move on to next. Had that been done the book would have been exceptionally touching and a moving book . At present it sort of sprints too fast to be able to hold on to anything, otherwise it has got a very touching story, smooth language and a quirky tone to narrations.