Beautifully Written Romance for Teens


Ananya Swaminathan and Krish Malhotra are college students who meet at IIM. They start a friendship and then fall in love. After graduation, Krish says he wants to be with Ananya the rest of his life. There is only one problem: Ananya is from a Tamil Brahmin family; Krish is Punjabi. The two visit their hometowns to make their families agree to the marriage. First, Ananya visits Delhi, Krish's home. It is not easy. Krish's father is an alcoholic and prone to violence when angry. Krish barely speaks to him. When they visit Chennai, Krish meets Ananya's very traditional, conservative family.  Eventually, he wins over Ananya's parents and younger brother. When the two families go on vacation, the worst happens. The families disrespect and insult each other so much that the parents take back their consent for the marriage. Ananya is so distraught she breaks up with Krish. Is a happily ever after possible?

BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
This book is easy to read and very enjoyable. I found its simplicity very engaging, captivating, and interesting. I do wish that the book would have been a little longer, only because it was very fascinating and entertaining! The age group appropriate for this novel are ages 16 and up. I would definitely suggest that a person buy this book as a gift because it is a book worth reading over and over again!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

2 States is written beautifully and will appeal to teens and young adults. It is an engaging, captivating, and interesting story.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
Although written for an adult audience, this story will appeal to teens and young adults.
Educational Themes:

Although the focus is on a college-age couple, the foundation of the story is about relationships, within the family and as a couple. Does your reader see parallels about having to get the "approval" of a friend's parent?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book you'll want to read again.

Title 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
Author Chetan Bhagat
Publisher Rupa Publications © 2015 (2nd edition)
ISBN 9788129135520
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.80
Genres Social Issues, Romance, Asia | Asian People
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