​BOOK REVIEW OF-Just One Chance (Sometimes Love Needs Friendship)

BOOK REVIEW OF-Just One Chance (Sometimes Love Needs Friendship)

BY Shiva S Mittal and Aanchal Rathi

Paperback: 154 pages

Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1945400935

ISBN-13: 978-1945400933


Love showed its true colors when it reached Nimish. After getting away from his ‘brother from another mother,’ Akshat (his best friend), he got attracted and attached to a fresher in his class named Rhea, whose smile could make even the moon blush.   They shared everything, they laughed together… but what happened when it came to love?   It changed them and their friendship.   The pain that he felt can’t be compared to the joy that he was about to experience!   God had a purpose behind his pain and a reward for his faithfulness…   This novel is an journey from nobody to somebody, somebody to friends, friends to joined hearts, joined hearts to discontinuous heartbeat, discontinuous heartbeat to death’s door followed by the birth of an ‘out-of-the-box’ companionship born out of years of experience, which changed the lives of two bodies, one soul.   Did enmity commence or love respires slowly?   Don’t worry! This question will accompany you till the end. Welcome to Just One Chance – Sometimes Love Needs Friendship.


Indeed Just one Chance is a very interesting and appropriate title for the book.  When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. Am I right? Love and friendship are two different metals if we say, and we have to amalgamate both very tenderly. Yes indeed You can’t be friends with someone you have feelings for. It’ll just be a constant reminder of what you can’t have. It’s like putting boiling water in an ice cold glass. It’s gonna bust and make a mess. That is why I already said, you have to blend both very sweetly. Just one chance is a title that describes the above viewpoints-sometimes love needs friendship.

They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can’t stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that’s a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it! The author beautifully elucidates both the themes of love and friendship.  We usually do not understand the difference between friendship and love.

As Ae Dil Hai Mushkil already taught us that ‘Pyar mein junoon hai par dosti mein sukoon hai’ which means ‘There is passion in love but there is peace in friendship’.
Well, it seems to me that the best relationships – the ones that last – are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with. I loved both the narration and the progress of the story. The way the plot proceeds, it’s just incredible. The character of Rhea was very beautifully crafted. If you read the story, imagining yourself to be Rhea you would really feel the emotions behind love and friendship. I had heard somewhere that the strangest thing that exists, is how there are seven billion people on the planet and yet, so many people can spend their whole lives looking for somebody to love and never, ever find that. There are so many things that we can find in other people— friendship, learning processes, enrichment— so many things, nevertheless, the most elusive and fragile of all the things we can possibly find in another human being, is love. To be the one that someone loves and for that person to be the one that you love. Why is this difficult to find? My answer is that, because out of the seven billion, there really is only one. You don’t find something and make it work; you find the one and when you do, you work until it works. The problem is finding the one. Many, many people are born and die never finding that.

But what happens ultimately? Does friendship or love wins? Or both compromise with each other? To know the rest without waiting further order your copies at






Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.

4 stars out of 5

Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10

Net emotions in the story- 8/10

Usage of words and phrases-8/10

The title, cover and the illustration-8/10

The net impact on the readers- 9/10

Overall, it’s worth reading. 

It is not until you rhyme with a person that makes you their perfect match, it is when you are satisfied with each other’s peculiarities, and find jewels in their loopholes


KUDOS TO Shiva S Mittal and Aanchal Rathi – It was really a beautiful plot.

Reviewed by-

Sayan Basak


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