ARC Review: 19 Till I Die by Anjali Kirpalani

For Zaid from Durban, it was heartbreak. For Fiona, who loves New Delhi, it had always been a dream. Rachna needs this chance to step out of Australia and her comfort zone. Tia from Mumbai sees it as a ticket away from her over-protective parents. The four find themselves at the University of Guelph in Canada. Adventure awaits, and a chance at love lingers amidst the crowds – in the halls, at the bars, on the dancefloor. Some of them will find it. But, as with such powerful life-altering things as love, it’s not going to be easy. It’s too late to turn back to the drab, safe and predictable lives they left behind. Might as well buckle up and hold on tight as they brace themselves for the ride of their lives.

Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC by Harper Collins India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

‘19’ – the age when everything seems to be full of life – an age when all of feel invincible; when we believe that the world is ours for taking; when we believe ourselves to be capable of everything. The world was ours for taking and we were high on the feeling!  

Oh, how glorious were those days!  

19 Till I Die had me reminiscing about those days in my life – and I had so much fun revisiting that feeling of optimism; a feeling I didn’t realise adulthood was slowly leeching me off!  

This book is about 4 very diverse characters – Zaid, Tia, Fiona and Rachna – from very different backgrounds – and how their lives intertwine when they leave their current lives behind to start the new chapter of their lives!  

For information: I am 27 right now; but to actually be unbiased about this story and understand the motivations of the characters without judging them – I had to regress back to the naïve and immature girl that I was at 19; just so I could better understand the characters’ thought processes. Which is what I would like you to do when you read this book, if you were around my age! 

 But the icing on the cake is the writing style of the author – for that is what had me glued to the book till the very end – that got me through some very questionable decisions by the characters and what has made me quite fond of the author as well.  

So, here’s the thing, pick up this book, if you want to relive your own glory days; for that is exactly what will happen when you pick up this book! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .75


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