[This review is part of Reader Cosmos Book Review Initiative]
Author : Amit Shankar
Publisher : Vitasta Publishing
If love is all about freedom and honest expression then how can one associate it with loyalty?
Being a love child; Moon, the protagonist is anything but a conventional teen. With a leading TV news anchor as her mother, an aspiring entrepreneur as her boy friend, the word LOVE baffles her. The whole idea of having one partner and love being eternal is beyond her comprehension. Life turns upside down when she falls for the CEO, who happens to be her mother's boyfriend too. Destiny further complicates things by blessing her with a big time modelling assignment and she becomes famous and popular overnight.
A war starts waging between her head & heart on a lot of issues exposing her to various forms of love online & offline. Will she decipher the true meaning of love?
The book starts briskly and maintains an even pace and a youthful tone to introduce Moon, the main character but towards the latter half slides down into an incoherent mess which is neither engrossing nor frustrating. It just becomes a drab. Most of this has to do with the fact that author hardly develops any layer to other characters and hence, their interaction with Moon become plain ordinary.
Author takes quirky ideas like PCOD to show the difficult times for Moon but problem is, these things are introduced at a superficial level for a shock point of view and quickly forgotten. We never get to see a true sense of betrayal and distrust feeling from Moon, rather the narrative hops from one plot point to another without investing sufficiently into the emotional depth the central protagonist is uncovering in her personal life.
I am going with 2/5 for Amit Shankar's 'Love is Vodka'. It does point out certain viable questions about love and lust, but in the end provides very little answers to either the central character nor to its readers. A disappointing read from an author who promised much with his earlier two titles.