Saturday, 3 May 2014

Maverick by Gaurav Yadav: A Review

Name: Maverick
Author: Gaurav Yadav
Publisher: Notion Press

The back cover says – This is a schoolboy’s tale of love, which started in his childhood, the infatuation that never died. The hidden and deep buried story of all Indians, who once have been in love with someone or the other in their life. It is a story of dreams, mischievousness, fights, passion that kids have in school life. This tale represents the mental state of a typical Indian student, who has entered the adolescence and experiences the emotions’ which were alien to him, his quest to get the answers. This book is his journey for true love of his life. It is the story of a boy “Maverick” who becomes a Fighter Pilot and meets his love of childhood almost a decade later just to find that his destiny has planned something else for them. When everything seemed to be right, he finds himself across the border in hostile terrains, in hands of enemy and declared dead by his government. His journey back to his nation, with help of the lady doctor who recovered him from death bed, his proving of being alive and loyalty. This is the story of finding and loosing love, life and death, war, sorrow, patriotism, protest & reunion, a classic to read & go back to your childhood.

On the name & the cover:
The name ‘Maverick’ itself  gives the reader a feeling of fighter pilot because of the performance given by Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun. This book has quite similarly stated a story of a guy name Maverick. So the reader would not be disappointed if they grab the book by the name. 

The cover is simple. A guy dressed in a pilot suit with two blurred faces of the two main female characters of the story. The red color, the fence and the air-craft do gives a feeling of war but it can be designed in a better way.

On the narrating style:
From the very first page the author started to narrate the story by interacting with the readers, which I find interesting. But as the story picks up speed the author lacked the interactions. This book is for those who like light reads.

On the story-line:
When every second author is writing about love in IIT, this story unfolds around the love in sixth standard. Nice usage of words will make readers glued to the story of Dilaveez and Naina. Readers might find the end is written in a hurry or the author can’t suppress the urge to tell what going to happen next. Though the author manages to keep the suspense till the end which will force the reader to complete the book. Lots of editing errors is the main drawback of the book. Misusage of comma and full stop and lack of inverted comma's in conversations drops the speed of the book. A better edited version is awaited.

+ Point: Readers are definitely going to like the story-line.

- Point: Editing errors are the main flaws of the book.

My favorite scene: The teacher scolding Gaurav for answering for Dilaveez onth August. ( I started recollecting my school days after this)


A+ (Excellent)     A (Very Good)      B+ (Good)     B (Average)    C (Below Average)

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