Title: The Unproposed Guy
Author: Bhavik Sarkhedi
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
First Publication: 2022
Book Summary: The Unproposed Guy by Bhavik Sarkhedi
There has been no significant change in the life of Kevin-a monotonous routine, ordinary family, and miserably failing relationships-until he finds out he is going through something abnormal: ‘Existential Crisis’.
He has always been a marvellous entertainer, but has a mysterious way of putting off girls. The talent in him is growing creatively, and abundantly, but his inability to impress a girl keeps pulling him down slowly. He realises he can be any guy’s best friend, but he also seems to be every girl’s worst nightmare.
Hop onto the rollercoaster journey of Kevin’s life, as he navigates through mocking friends & family, emotions he’s never experienced before, and a sudden desire to take up a career in stand-up comedy and rapping.
Will Kevin ever get a chance in love? Will he become a successful stand-up comedian?
The Unproposed Guy is a homogeneous mixture of passion, determination, love, stand-up comedy, existential crisis, and a lot of sarcasm!!
The Unproposed Guy focuses on more than just love and affection. This is a journey of self-discovery, loss, forgiveness, and trusting others, as well as the bonds of friendship, and it will tear your heart, but the hopeful, heart-warming, and beautiful conclusion will help you mend it. This book is also a lot about acceptance and thinking outside of what is “normal” for most of us.
The plot centres on Kevin, an introverted personality who has trouble putting his sentiments into words and is unable to adequately communicate his feelings with girls. One of the things that happens to him as life progresses is that he experiences an existential crisis and starts to question why he is the way he is. Nothing in his life has prepared him for adulthood, and not knowing what he wants out of life is a constant struggle for him. He’s unattached and single, without prospects for work, love, or family. While he may be successful as a stand-up comedian, he secretly wishes to one day meet the girl of his dreams.
As the story progresses, Kevin undergoes a transformation that will have you smiling, laughing, and thinking at various points. There is something really unique about him, despite his issues and eccentricities. At first glance, Kevin may seem like an oddball social misfit with no girlfriend, but after getting to know him, you’ll realise that there is a lot more to him than that. However, authors ensure that the reader is not dragged down into a pit of blackness. They infuse the story with warmth and the perfect amount of humor, by way of Kevin’s stand-up comedy and conversations with people.
The Unproposed Guy is a character study of a profoundly troubled guy going through a lot of difficulties in his life, and it is portrayed in a lovely and compelling way. The story is not a plot-driven or pulse-pounding mystery thriller. However, it is one that is written remarkably well and has wonderful character development. Authors Bhavik Sarkhedi and Suhana Bhambhani have created a truly unforgettable character in that of Kevin. The writing style is humorous. Laced with tidbits of sarcasm, it beautifully highlights Kevin’s thought processes, inane observations, and feelings, accentuating the reading experience triple-fold. Even though Kevin is the primary focus of the story, there are a number of other interesting characters who are encountered along the road. Such a fantastic ride!
This book does a wonderful job at analysing character and its motivations. The journey through the past and the present that you take with the quirky Kevin is sometimes funny and other times thought-provoking. Characteristically, Kevin is an upstanding, courageous, and tenacious individual. I thought his perspective was interesting, and he never really annoyed me or made me feel exhausted. He is a very sympathetic character, and despite the fact that he goes through a lot of stuff, he manages to get through it rather gracefully. I appreciated that he stood up for himself when he needed to, and that he said what ought to be said.
It is really essential to understand how different each person is and that we should all be treated the same and accepted for who we are. Therefore, I would recommend this book to everyone, but particularly to teenagers, since it helps you understand how important it is to understand how unique you are.