Book Review: Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora

This book is a bold read!

The Blurb:

‘It’s all your fault.’

Mere words these are.

“But words can possess a shadow invincible enough to rob even a soul of its eternity.”

In a society that finds it easier to mark sins of a victim than the culprit, Nirvi is a young girl punishing herself for the faults she did not do and avenging her hurts by defeating her own truth.

She is scared of her future, and ashamed of her past. She is failing herself, and knows it. She has had a long line of boyfriends, and hated them all. She detests the guy she is living with, runs away from the one she loves , and seduces the one who can never love her.

When Arsh first sees Nirvi, she’s a free and frank girl in whose eyes sparkle the lemony zest of life. The next time he sees her, she is a voiceless doll draped in clothes that cover her body less and shroud her soul more. And Arsh can’t rest till he finds out what made Nirvi give up her own real self.

Nirvi knows she is dragging herself on a path from which there can be no recovery. Can her spirit survive the treacherous downfall? Or is the pull of fear and push of desperation just too strong to withstand for a girl who believes she has “nowhere else to go” but down.

“When it’s time for you to fall in love, even a lemon can become the cause of it,” says Arsh.

But can love survive, when even the self love dies?

Can love survive when respect is no more?

Does true love have the power to revive a dying soul?

Find out in the pages of this brilliantly woven, intense, heart-warming and thought-provoking saga of RISING IN LOVE…


Though I do believe that target was Kusum, yet the alarm that I rang out was,’Hey, Lemon Girl, watch out!’

The cyclist came up on them just as she swung around towards me. As she swung, her bag of lemons swung along as well and banged into the cyclist. His grin turned into a cry and he sped down to taste dirt. That was good. Fit place for him.
But down too went the lemons as the bag burst and spilled its contents on the road.

For a moment, I was worried about the cyclist, fearing she might get in her head to stamp her foot on his face for trying to collide into her friend. But instead, she whirled up to me.

‘What did you call me?’ she asked.
‘Lemon Girl.’ I should not have grinned as I said that, but some things just can’t be helped.
‘Do I look like a lemon to you?’ she asked.
I looked at her bright lemony tunic and grinned again. Yes, I can go totally out of my head sometimes, grinning at most inappropriate times. That happened to be one of the worst of them.

Her eyes opened wide and glared at me. She probably wanted me to cower down with fear at that glaring look. But that is never my way of dealing with a glare, stare, frown or scowl. Besides, I had lost myself in marvelling at her eyes. I still
wonder if that was because they were big, beautiful and had long eye lashes, or because of the laughter that twinkled in them even when they frowned. Whatever it was, I only know that as they stared at me, I stared back.

‘How dare you stare at me and grin like that?’ she asked.

About the Author:

Jyoti Arora is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Her writing achievements include two novels, three blogs, several wins in national level blog competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc.

Jyoti started her professional life as an English tutor. After that, she worked for several years as a freelance writer and content developer. Her work as a freelance writer ranged from beginning level books for kids to re-writing Bollywood based non-fiction and spiritual non-fiction. During her years as a freelance writer, she was engaged with two publishers on long-term projects to abridge English classics. In all, she has abridged more than 30 books.

Jyoti feels that working with English classics has influenced her own writing too. In fact, some reviewers of her first novel also noted the impact of English classics in her tone of writing and mastery of language.

Jyoti’s first novel, Dream’s Sake, was published in 2011 by V&S Publishers. It received great reviews and much appreciation from readers.

She chose to self publish her second novel Lemon Girl as the theme of the book gave her an urgency to see the book published as soon as possible. And also, the advancing reach of the ebooks and retail websites gave her the confidence to take this bold step.

Besides, Jyoti loves technology and couldn’t help but try out this new road of publishing where writers were intended to use wheels of technology to propel themselves forward.

Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt reading, by herself, even before she started going to school. And she considers herself most fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.

However, if books are Jyoti’s first love, and she’s still very devoted to them, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of Jyoti’s blogs is a technological blog called Techn0Treats. In 2011, a post in this blog won her the title of Samsung Mobiler when Samsung made her a part of the team of twenty bloggers chosen from all over India through a blogging competition. In this team of twenty bloggers, she was the only woman and perhaps the only one who had studied literature instead of science. As a Samsung Mobiler, Jyoti acted as the promoter and ambassador of Samsung through her blog.

Jyoti is a patient of Thalassemia Major which forced her to stop going to school after class seventh. After that, she continued her studies on her own through correspondence courses. She completed her Board level examination from the Patrachaar Vidyalaya, CBSE. After that she did English (Hons.) from Delhi University. Post that, she went on to do post-graduation in English Literature, and also in Applied Psychology from Annamalai University.

Jyoti Arora is currently living in Ghaziabad, India.

Her zest to overcome her medical problems and zeal to achieve success keeps her striving on with her endeavors to make her dreams come true.

My Review:

How can I start this review without praising the author for voicing out against rape and penning down a book that portrays the various faces of society?

Congratulations Jyoti Arora! You have a done a good job! Stay blessed!

The reader’s heart…
The author started the book sinking into the past of the “Lemon Girl”. It sounded so good, to be true. The conversations between Arsh and Nirvi was cute. I loved it so much, but what followed was an unexpected twist at the beginning. Seriously, I was not ready for the twist at such an early stage. It excited me within to read further. I made my mind that it was not going to be a triangular love story, but it turn out to be something else. The image of the “Lemon Girl” got tarnished when I came to know about her relationships. It got me hooked up to the story to know what exactly happened to the “Lemon Girl”. At the start the turn of events sounded okay, but as I progressed, I felt the story was dragged without any reason, and at times, I felt the “six months later” tag was unacceptable. Practically impossible, at least for me, if I was put into such situations. Then came an unexpected twist, most awaited answer from Nirvi, which ignited the reader inside me and made the story glow better. The second set back in the story was unwanted abusing of characters, improper settings and a twist for good at Chapter No. 27. That’s the point I fell in love with the story and “Lemon Girl”. And what followed, was an awesome read!

What I liked?
“Lemon Girl”, the characterisation of Giri, the settings, the final twist.

What I disliked?
Did you feel that I used “Lemon Girl” more than any other words in this review? I felt the same while reading the book.

The chapters between 17 and 27. It could had been better than just bitter experience.

Why should one read this book?
This book, for sure, will tempt the readers and will keep you hooked till the end except for a few chapters in the middle. I must also say the author will make you say “Well, it’s a good read!”, when you reach the last page.

It could have been done better, but then that does not take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this awesome book. I give this book a four-star rating.

Blurb: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Excerpt: 4/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Lemon Girl
Author: Jyoti Arora
Genre: Feminist Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Self
Language: English
Pages: 170
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 255 Rs.

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“Lemon Girl” is a bold attempt by the author. This book, is full of twist and turns, and at the end, will make you say, “That’s a good read!” A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, A Bold Attempt by the Author, Highly Recommended for all, No Second Thoughts!

This eBook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a four-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

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