The Switch-Aleena-Final to Print

The Switch is a coming of age chicklit written by a debutante writer. Based in India, the book tells the story of Aria Oberio, a girl who hails from a rich family and has a selected number of friends from a select part of the society. She’s not just rich and famous though, she is this close to finding true love, not to mention getting selected as a designer in one of the biggest fashion houses in the country.

But then, like in all good books, tragedy strikes and Aria’s life goes for a toss. First, a weird incident in her school t places her in the heart of danger and a personal tragedy makes her realise who her true friends are. And then there’s the deep dark secret that creates havoc in the main protagonist’s life.

The Switch has a good premise and is one of the few books that has a female protagonist battling it out against the big bad world. It is a pleasure to see the fairer gender getting their fair share as central characters in fiction.

The Switch is a fast paced story that whizzes through so many of incidents in a girl’s life that there is little or no character development for most of the characters. Even the one person who plays such an important part in the book – in fact, it is his death that makes the book take a curveball turn – doesn’t have much of an impression on the readers because it happens off-the-book.

While the script is in place, it would have made sense for the author to have worked a bit more on the screenplay to create some of the more poignant sequences for the readers. For example, the characters shift from their palatial bungalow to another house in a by-the-way manner. These is just one of the places in the book where an addition of more drama would have propelled the book a lot higher.

Maybe the author tries to put across the point that sometimes things that aren’t even on the horizon change the core of the world,  but the fact remains that the entire book could have been better written than it is now.

However, the most important drawback of the book is the screenplay and how things play out. Unfortunately, a large chunk of the book is internalised and almost like it’s running along in a bubble that the author has created. Many of the instances that take place in the book would have become media circuses and a jambooree. That none of this is mentioned in the book, even in passing is one place where the book suffers.

Also, some of the instances in the book stand opposite research when it comes to real time circumstances which gives the book an ‘not-in-our-times’ feel that just doesn’t go away.

Source :-

Book Title: The Switch

Author: Aleena Qureshi

Publisher: Frog Books

Price: Rs. 145/-

 download (1)


Daughter of the city’s most elite business tycoon, Aria, possesses everything a girl desires –the dream college, best friends, an ecstatic lifestyle and the most level-headed parents. Life turns around when she learns about her father’s tragic demise and his huge debt. So what happens when she’s bullied and all her friends abandon her? How does she survive the real middle class life and what does it teach her? Find out if you are really rich in THE SWITCH!

VERDICT: It is believable and a clean story of something known to us but often remaining unobserved. As a debutante Aleena has done her best and shows a caliber of much more. 

REVIEW: I loved the content of the book although the story is not that appealing because there is nothing new in the story. But the narration of the author or the manner that Aleena employs to deliver her story with emphasis is something that needs sure attention and appreciation. 

The cover page looks angelic and one would feel to take this book along as soon as one glances at it.

The title of the book ‘The Switch’ is metaphorical and can mean anything from the perspective one looks at it. But what Aleena actually means is what you can know after you read this book.

The plot is simple and quirky at the same time, showing switch of status of the protagonist and how she manages to cope up the situation.

DRAWBACK: Given that Aleena is a debut author we can forgive her innocence in delivering emotions, emotions which needed more expression and vigor. The introduction of subordinate plots in the novel and leaving them incomplete becomes a drawback. Nevertheless Aleena has now made her mark onto the space that was most occupied by stalwarts. Wishing Aleena great luck and clicking pen ahead.



As a 21 year old, Aleena has no idea of where this book would take her and how. When she started writing at the age of 19, she was going through a tough time trying to raise and voice her opinions. She wanted to send her message across loud and clear, that people should not be judged on where they come from but by what they do. She did not know what she would write but she knew she wanted her story out there for people to get inspired and she is amazed at the response that the book is receiving.


Source :-