It’s hard to describe a book that has no plotline or story but is still a fun read. 23 ½ ways to make a girl fall for you is NOT a book of insreuctions on how to make a girl fall for you. It is actually a mockery of the Indian man and his methods of making a girl fall for him.
The entire book is made up of letters that people have written to our agony aun….uncle, Cyrus Broacha. We have everyone from the senior citizen who is looking for a second lease of a love life to the 13 year old boy who is just discovering his feelings for girls (or in his case, older women) write in with their queries, some hilarious, some adorable, all absolutely ridiculous. And Cyrus records his responses to them which are equally ridiculous/hilarious or adorable. He covers roadside romeos, teachers, colleagues and even that creepy guy who stares at you from his balcony or window and assumes, that since you know he exists, you must love him too.
What I really appreciated about this is that the humour was absolutely clean. Broacha doesn’t take to vulgarity in order to earn a giggle. In fact he keeps it as PG13 as possible with as little references to weewees and hoohoos, keeping most of his comedy directed at the romantically challenged Indian male’s psyche.
If you are familiar with Cyrus Broacha’s style of comedy and you enjoy it, this is definitely something you would enjoy. I find his humour enjoyable so needless to say, I enjoyed this book quite well. While there are portions where he goes off on a monologue and it deflects from the actual comedy in that letter, it doesn’t affect your enjoyment of the book overall.
This is a book you’d enjoy if you read it in one sitting, in fact it’ll take away from the humour if you do that. Instead, slip this into your backpack or desk and read it whenever you want a little laugh to brighten your day. That’s how I read it. I kept it in my handbag and took to reading four or five letters every time I was free and I spent the day cackling like a mad woman. I may have earned a few weird stares but it was totally worth it. Pick it up.
I received a copy from Rupa Publications for review, opinions expressed are my own.