Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
Goodreads Summary: Set in IIT, in the early ’90s, Five Point Someone portrays the lives of the protagonist Hari and his two friends Ryan and Alok. It explores the darker side of IIT, one in which students- having worked for years to make it into the institute-struggle to maintain their grades, keep their friends and have some kind of life outside studies.
Funny, dark and non-stop, Five Point Someone is the story of three friends whose measly five-point something GPAs come in the way of everything-their friendship, their love life, their future. Will they make it?
While I was in India I was looking for books by Indian authors about everyday life in modern India. My boyfriend’s brother is an avid reader and we were able to discuss books and share recommendations. He suggested I read this book and even bought me a copy to read while I was there.
This book is the story of three Indian friends and their time at university. They go through many of the same struggles as any other student and I found myself identifying with all of them. They had to deal with the pressures of getting grades, difficult teachers, rules of their college and dormitory, family pressures, and the big question of whether they’ll get a job after they graduate.
I loved that the book was set in India and brought a whole new perspective to what might be considered a traditional story. It was fun to read about places and foods I was familiar with, as well as learn about new things and all the aspects of university life in India that are different.
The book was very humorous but also touching and I really cared about the characters. Even though it was about three guys and written mainly from one of their perspectives, I still liked the book and didn’t find it hard to identify with them and what they were thinking or feeling. I think anyone who has attended college, regardless of their nationality or where they went to school, will find something of themselves in this book.
My Rating: 4 Stars