A friend was visiting from Hong Kong last month and was telling me about her 5-6 hour layover in Doha. “What did you do for 5-6 hours on your own?” I asked her. Her response? She read Love in Chelsea: Sex, Lies and Debauchery (by Alykhan Meghani). She said it was an easy read and a good book and so I ordered it on my kindle.
I agree with her first point, I’m not so sure about the latter. Love in Chelsea: Sex, Lies and Debauchery is written through the eyes of Aidan Khan, a 30 year old success driven guy living and working in London. He falls head over heels for Sara Varsi, a wealthy Chelsea “princess”. The book is basically a love/hate story of their relationship. The main issue being trust, or lack of.
While the book was easy to read and you can definitely relate to the characters, I found myself hating them. There were moments I wish I could meet Aidan just to shake some sense into him and other times I nodded in agreement as he described Sara, like many girls I know.
The book sort of reminded me these Indian TV shows I mentioned a couple of days ago. You love to hate them but you still keep tuning in to see what happens next.
While the book was easy to read and being of Indian descent myself, the story was potentially very “real”, I can’t say I loved it. The story and storyteller came across as quite immature and it ended too abruptly for my liking. Had I read it when I was 22, maybe I would have enjoyed it more.
I’d give this book a 2.5 out of 5.