The title is intriguing; doesn’t give any hint of what the story is about Lemon Girl highlights the fact the plight of women in society, how they are always expected to bow down before their male counterparts. It reveals that even today, women are tormented in the name of culture.
The story revolves around the life of Nirvi, who wants nothing more than to be able to put her traumatized past behind her.
When Arsh first meets Nirvi, she is bubbly and a jovial girl. Upon encountering her for the second time after months, he finds her to be so unlike the girl she was; she, as if, is now desperately trying to fit in somewhere she did not belong.
As events unfold the readers are introduced to her horrific past; she had been raped by her brother. Even more grotesque is the fact that not even her own mother had been there to support her after the incident. She had blamed her own daughter for the tragic incident! This instills in Nirvi, an unknown fear; she loses hope, loses it all to an unknown scare and finds herself falling deeper and deeper into an ugly chasm. She is with a dominating boyfriend who she doesn’t love; it is all so messed up in her mind that she tries to be someone she is not. Arsh is her savior; he gives her the love, the light that she is unable to accept at first. But then, she slowly begins to regain her lost self.
The story has a lot of psychological aspects involved and the author, in a mere 170 pages, has succeeded in weaving a heart rending and soul stirring story. Though there are a few grammatical errors, Lemon Girl shall not fail to move you. This is much more than just a love story.