“Every day, I woke up, I tried to find reasons to live. Every night, when I slept, I tried to find reasons not to die. Every moment, I searched for reasons to hope, dream, and love. But I never found them. Until I met you.”
I loved reading these words because they were simple, easily understood by anyone with a basic knowledge of English, and there wasn’t a single word for which I needed to open a dictionary. This is probably one of the few books I have finished in one sitting, in less than one and a half hours. I picked up this book because a website recommended it as a motivational read. However, it turned out to be a love story, albeit one with a message of love and hope.
What makes it even more interesting is that it follows the typical three-part structure of any successful novel or movie plot: an engaging introduction, a twist in the middle, and a happy ending. The entire story revolves around two main characters, three supporting characters, and an imaginary one to add a twist.
There’s no suspense, yet it feels thrilling. Savi’s writing will appeal to people of all ages as she touches on resonant themes like love, life, dreams, mistakes, heart, and struggle. The way she has woven the narrative warms the heart. At times, the fiction even seems motivational. I particularly loved reading this paragraph:
“Live life in moments, not in days or years or according to your schedules. It’s our misconception—most of the time—that we live our lives the way we want. Every single step that we take is influenced by others. Only the part that we hide from everyone else and keep deep within our hearts is truly our own. I strongly urge you to realize that hidden part of yours. Go, live that part. Live your life. Don’t let your dreams die within you. Trust me, your struggle, your fight, will be worth the risk in opening yourself up. Get up. Inhale the air of passion. Start your journey. Grab your dreams. Enjoy your mistakes. Dance to the rhythm of your heartbeats. Smile. Laugh. Love. Live.”
Some instances in the book seem unrealistic, despite her justifications. The protagonist wandering the dark alleys of the metro at midnight and scaling a deserted fort alone seems insane under current circumstances. Nevertheless, all’s well that ends well. We finish the novel with a feel-good sensation. This novel could soon be a Hollywood hit.
As the title aptly suggests, by the end, we start to feel as if “We Too Have a Story!”
I am aware that Savi has written sequels to this novel and a few other works. I look forward to reading them soon.
Prof. Dr. Prahlada N.B
24 December 2019