“Back In Time” is the second book of the Tamanna series, and Andaleeb Wajid has done justice to the story of Tamanna that she started in No Time For Goodbyes.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 5th 2014 by Bloomsbury India
ISBN: 9384052930 (ISBN13: 9789384052935)
Edition Language: English
PLOT: Stuck indefinitely in the 80’s after losing her camera, Tamanna is rather calm. She finally has to confront her feelings for Manoj, and come to terms with what she discovers. She also has to save her Ajji’s house in the process and remain calm while she has glimpses of her parents struggling with her unconscious body in the present day. Tamanna settles comfortably into the life of the 80’s.
CHARACTERS: The characters of the book are the ones we have come to know and love in the first book. Tamanna and Manoj and their complicated love story, is what makes the book tick. We get to see more shades of Suma, Reena, Vidya and Ajji. And Rukmini or as she is aptly called dragon amma makes the whole set up of the 80’s more interesting. This book shows us a new dimension to the characters, be it in the past or the present.
WHAT I LIKED: The fact that the book is really an extension to the previous one makes it a very enjoyable read. We learn something new about everyone, and the circumstances. Some very important questions are answered and new ones are created in its place, perfectly setting up for the last book of the trilogy. It is a simple story, and makes for a entertaining read.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: For a story involving time travel, the fantasy aspect got a bit lost amongst the real world problems. Though as a person who loves her romances, I don’t consider it to be a really very bad thing.
RATING: The book is a Young Adult, fantasy with time travel as the crux, at the same time it is also a wonderful love story, and Tamanna and her problems are such that any teenage girl can relate to them. The book is fast paced and a very quick read. I rate the book 3.5 out of 5, waiting for the third instalment to finally hope that Tamanna has a happy ending.
The book has been given to me for review by Bloomsbury India. No payment was taken, and my opinions are honest and unbiased.