Title: Girl Most Likely To
Author: Poonam Sharma
Release Date: March 1, 2007
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the back cover:
With meticulous career planning and a couple of dirty martinis, there is very little that New York City investment banker Vina Chopra can’t do. And now that she’s decided to get serious about finding her mate, there is very little that Vina won’t try—even if it means letting her parents get involved. After all, what does she have to lose? Her longest-term relationship thus far has been with the ulcer she ultimately named Fred (unless you count the ex-boyfriend who won’t go away).
Amid a series of dates with ‘the nice Indian doctor’ and an office scandal that could permanently end her career, Vina starts to question everything she’s been working for. Who has she been trying to please all these years? Is this the life that she really wants? Can she finally learn to put aside her family’s expectations long enough and become the girl most likely to find a happiness all her own?
Girl Most Likely To is a fun and thought-provoking novel that has a bit more substance than your average chick lit book. It is a book about self-discovery, rather than about finding true love. While men are certainly an element of the novel (would it be chick lit if they weren’t?), the main storyline is Vina’s quest to discover what she wants from life, and why she wants these things.
Vina herself was a very interesting character. I thought that Vina’s Indian heritage incorporated something different into the novel – cultural tensions. These are an every day part of life for many people, yet they are woefully underutilized in novels. (Another excellent example of cultural issues in a solid chick lit novel is Off the Menu [review] by Christine Son). Being an Indian raised in the United States, I could especially sympathize with Vina’s struggles with her parents, as well as her desire to please them. However, I believe that whatever background you come from, virtually any reader can see a bit of themselves in the challenges that Vina faces. It has a universal appeal.
The book itself is a bit stilted and does not seem to flow as smoothly as it could. There were times I found myself confused about the sequence of events. That being said, this really is a solid novel that is easy to read and thoroughly entertaining. I found it difficult to put down and never got bored with the story.
I’d recommend Girl Most Likely To to any fan of chick lit, especially if you have been looking for a storyline that delves a little bit deeper than traditional fare. I’d also recommend it to anyone who enjoys storylines that deal with conflicting cultures. I’m looking forward to reading Ms. Sharma’s next novel, All Eyes on Her, which I have waiting for me on my shelves.