When I watched the excellent cinematic trailer of this book a few months ago, I knew Keshav Aneel, the bestselling author of Promise Me a Million Times, had come out with another masterpiece.
The cover is gorgeous, enticing any potential reader, and along with the blurb, it sowed seeds of intrigue in my heart. I began reading with interest, and within a day of receipt, I finished it—the book is so well paced and captivating. When I put the book down beside my pillow after reading it, my eyes were wet and my heart was fluttering. It took me a while to rein in my emotions and calm myself.
Once again, this young author has done a phenomenal job. I must say the protagonist is one of the best characters I have ever encountered in the world of international fiction. Vishesh is extremely realistic and beautifully etched. He has some flaws and weaknesses (thus making him more real), but he is so adorable that he makes space for himself in your heart and compels you to root for him. Even the supporting characters—his parents, his girlfriend, and his friends—are well written, thus adding to the charm of the book. The emotional conflict of the protagonist with his loved ones and the struggles that he has to face while chasing his dreams is described so realistically that you can totally relate to it, especially if you belong to an Indian middle-class family.
Throughout the book, as is expected now from Keshav Aneel, wonderful motivational quotes come to greet you and teach you valuable life lessons. The language is lucid, simple, and thus perfect for a short book like this. The ending is also wonderful, and I’m sure that any mildly emotional person will be reduced to tears.
‘The One from the Stars’ is a memorable, inspirational, and emotional book, and I would recommend this to readers of all fiction. 4.75 stars from my side.