Book Review : She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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Zoella didn’t know whether she was devastatingly happy or happily devastated.
Zoella’s been in love with Fardeen Malik, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, since she was ten, but he’s always seen her as a ‘good girl’—not his type—and he can barely remember her name. Besides, he’s engaged to a gorgeous leggy socialite, someone from the same rarefied social strata as the imposing Malik family. In short, Zoella has no chance with him.
Until a brutal accident leaves Fardeen scarred and disfigured, that is. Suddenly bereft of a fiancée, Fardeen is bitterly caustic, a shell of the man he used to be, a beast that has broken out of the fairy tale world he once lived in. And a twist of fate lands him his very own beauty—Zoella.
This man, however, is a far cry from the Fardeen of her dreams. Stripped of her illusions, Zoella creates her own twist in the fairy tale, beating him at his own game.
Order now and read this modern, unusual interpretation of the old-age fairy tale, in which Zeenat explores the themes of love, longing and arranged-marriages.


The more I read English Literature from Pakistan, the more it entices me. There’s a distinct flavour of oneness in some aspects and much alien-ness in others. Overall, it’s a delectable platter of culture, language, food and customs served in a very stylish and realistic way by these new age authors. Having read an author from Pakistan before, I was looking forward to Zeenat Mahal’s book.

If you ask why romance, I’d say because they’re deft at it. Zeenat has written a story that hovers beautifully around romance and stronger emotions. Though Zoella and Fardeen know each other since childhood, economic and societal difference keep them apart for a long time. Strange situations bring them together and sparks flow for a brief period. Then begins a saga of misunderstandings and tension between the two. It’s a prolonged story and at some time, it gets a little dragged. Fardeen’s fiery self is too much to tackle at times. Zoella’s transformation is also stunning.

cbp3I lost patience at a moment trapped in the bickering and cribbing of both the characters. Apart from that, the story is very good and presented very well. Zeenat has sketched the characters very well, each one of them. Zoella stands out in particular, I liked her quite much. There’s nothing to comment on Zennat’s language and flair, it is nearly impeccable. She’s done a very good job at it and I’d certainly look forward to her next book.

Recommended for anyone with an element of interest in Pakistan and romance.

My Rating: 3.75/5

About the Author:

Zeenat Mahal is an avid reader and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has an MPhil in English literature from Government College Lahore and an MFA in creative writing from Kingston University, London. She loves to travel and has lived in London, Australia, and Kingston Upon Thames, and she now lives in Lahore. She loves Rome,Florence,the Impressionists, musicals, movie classics and all sorts of museums. It’s a sickness really.
‘Haveli’ and ‘The Contract’ are Zeenat’s first two published novellas. Her latest novel, She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, has been in Amazon top ten for seven weeks running. Haveli, The Contract and The Accidental Fiancee, have all been in the top 100 bestseller’s list on Amazon.
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Book Details: 

Language: English,  Genre: Fiction/Romance

Author(s): Zeenat Mahal

Publisher: Indireads, Year Published: 2015 February

Format: Kindle, Edition: First, Pages: 260


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This review is also shared with the First Reads Challenge at b00kr3vi3ws and The Indian Quills Reading Challenge at The Tales Pensieve

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