Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT by Chetan Bhagat
Source: Brought from charity shop
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Genres: Indian Literature, Fiction
Publication Date: 1st January 2011
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Five Point Someone is a story about three friends in IIT who are unable to cope.
The book starts with a disclaimer, “This is not a book to teach you how to get into IIT or even how to live in college. In fact, it describes how screwed up things can get if you don’t think straight.”
Three hostelmates – Alok, Hari and Ryan get off to a bad start in IIT – they screw up the first class quiz. And while they try to make amends, things only get worse. It takes them a while to realize: If you try and screw with the IIT system, it comes back to double screw you. Before they know it, they are at the lowest echelons of IIT society. They have a five-point-something GPA out of ten, ranking near the end of their class. This GPA is a tattoo that will remain with them, and come in the way of anything else that matters – their friendship, their future, their love life. While the world expects IITians to conquer the world, these guys are struggling to survive.
Will they make it? Do under performers have a right to live? Can they show that they are not just a five-point-somebody but a five-point-someone?”
My Thoughts & Review
This was a read for me, I’d originally read this one years ago after my cousin had lent me his copy. The first time I read it I loved. The second time I read it, I didn’t enjoy it as much.
Five Point Someone is a quick read which is full of funny moments as well as some sad moments but this time round the reviewer in me kicked in and I found some problems with the writing. This time around I felt some parts were over written and some weren’t written enough, especially when it came to the characters feeling and emotions.
Overall a good read that I would recommend but to those who haven’t read this one do go into it remembering that this was Chetan Bhagat’s first ever novel and I have been told by cousin his other books do get better. I currently have two more waiting on my TBR shelves so we shall see if they are better or not.
For those of you who have seen the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots this is the book which the movie is loosely based on. I have watched the movie and I did enjoy it but couldn’t tell you if it was better or not as I don’t normally watch Bollywood movies and because at the time I watched it there were no subtitles and I couldn’t translate everything that was being said as I don’t understand much Hindi.
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