After a train of Korean and Japanese dorama (and the fact that my internet connection sucks that I couldn’t download any more dorama), I decided to continue with reading. The first novel I read was “Guilty Pleasure” by Christian Simamora. As I mentioned in my previous post about his other book (click here to view post), I like the way he writes, and in this novel, he proves that he’s getting better at it.
The novel is about accidental love. Other than it started with a car crash between Devika, a rising antagonist actress and Julien Ang, a wealthy 40-year-old entrepreneur. It was never mentioned how old Devika was, but she always thought of Julien as an “om-om” (uncle), so I assume she’s at the age of 25 or around that number. The accident somehow brought them closer as when they started to get to know each other, they found an inevitable attraction. After their second meeting at Julien’s cousin’s fashion line launching, where Dev unknowingly met her ex-boyfriend of 5 years, Hezekiel, they practically started dating. She still didn’t have the answer of why someone like Julien (he was so handsome, good looking, had best body, and of course, wealthy) was still single, though.
When Devika finally went head over heels for Julien, she’d found out that Julien still didn’t over his deceased first love-slash-best friend, Miranda. He mentioned Miranda a lot, compared Devika to her, and even kept everything about Miranda in his house that he never let Devika come to his house. When Dev found out about this, she went totally heartbroken and decided to leave Julien. Not to mention her manager-slash-best-friend, Renhard and her other best gay friends, this novel is braver in opening up Jakarta’s free life of the youngs, in a smooth way. As other romance novel, one incident leads to another, and in the end Devika lived happily ever after with Julien, despite their age gap.
Overall, I give 3.5 out of 5 stars for this novel. (I like the “All You Can Eat” better.) A good read if you’re looking for something that you will find it hard to stop opening up the next page and keep reading. 🙂 Yes, it’s that addictive, Christian Simamora’s novel is..