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Lemon Girl

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  53 reviews
*Included in ezvid.com wiki list of 9 Well-Written Novels That Put Women Front Center*

'It's all your fault.'
Mere words these are.
"But words can possess a shadow invincible enough to rob even a soul of its eternity."

In a society that finds it easier to mark sins of a victim than the culprit, Nirvi is a young girl punishing herself for the faults she did not do and avenging
Published November 22nd 2014 by Jyoti Arora (first published November 1st 2014)
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, asian

This story had my emotions in a jumble. I wanted to know exactly what had happened to turn a carefree girl like Nirvi into a hollow shell of a person, but I also dreaded knowing it.
One of the things that I liked about this novel is the realistic portrayal of its characters; characters who are imperfect, who make mistakes, who suffer and who are vulnerable. The author does not try to sugar-coat it, and we are presented with the raw emotions of a trapped girl.

Nirvi’s actions and the causes f
This is a very good book. Thanks to Jyoti for providing me a review copy.

The man woman equation in our society is still skewed. It is good that I read it after watching pink. The story of lemon girl gives the same message. Is rape the mistake of girl? Is she too inviting through her dress or manners so that the boy became horny?
Jyoti points this out beautifully:

‘How can anyone treat a victim as culprit and the culprit as victim? If a rapist is a victim. of temptation, then all thieves and robber
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Author had given me this book for review, BUT, I ended up buying it. It deserves a buy.

*Total spoiler alert*
This book is about a woman. A victim. A rape victim. Not only was it a rape, it was rape by her own Brother!
After that, her another soul killer was her mother, who said, "It is all YOUR fault!".
A girl should be like so and so.

This Girl, Nirvi, a bubbly, cute, open girl, then becomes a reserved fake, gracious, gorgeous woman, but with no respect.

She clings to her fears. Not good and ho
Rishikesh Pande
My Review (No Spoilers!)

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"A young, pretty, confident and gracious girl with a dream in her eyes and last but not the least, a story behind her smile"

Although I wrote these words almost a year ago, I still remember them as if I just came across them. The reason why I’m bringing the caption up again from the past is these words: 'Story behind her smile'. While I read ‘Lemon Girl’ by Jyoti Arora, I was gripped with curiosity, like darkn
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
The fairer sex is a titular christening for we are anything but fair to the fairer sex! Silently she bears it all and God forbid if she raises her voice-it is blasphemous! In a country of billions where half a million Goddesses dwell and are worshipped, women are happily downtrodden, trampled upon, are killed even before they could know what it feels like to be alive, grotesquely raped. Yet it remains her fault-for being provocative, for being outspoken, for being a woman! It takes a monster to ...more
This an almost four star. It should be a five star book because it is a strong and powerful tale and very atmospheric as we share the lives and views of Nirvi (Lemon Girl) and Arsh.

Arora's message about it's not a woman's fault if she is raped is fundamental, and applies everywhere in the world, not just in India.

There are some excellent insights into our two main characters, and Nirvi's friend Tiya too, but sometimes I felt there was too much packaging and I was waiting for some sort of action
Aug 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I heard the title, i thought it would be love story of a girl who would be selling "lemons" or had a "Lemon Tree" at her home or else or else.
But then, the book came to me and i hurriedly swam across the pages because love stories never fascinated me. But i soon realized that this book wasn't what i had taken it for, it was far better than the expectations. It wasn't just a love story either.
The story of Nirvi, the " Lemon Girl" is a story of a problem so deep-rooted, still many girls fac
Devika Fernando
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jyoti Arora is a self-published author, and I think she did a very good job with this book, sporting the interesting title "Lemon Girl". The reader finds out soon why she has chosen this title, and I think this overall theme fits the novel well.

The story of Nirvi and Arsh is told in flashbacks and from the alternating point of view of both the main characters. It brings them alive as if they were sitting in separate rooms and telling their side of the story to the reader. It was a surprise to be
Pankaj Goyal
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Honest Portrayal Of A Sensitive Issue:

Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora is a novel with a lot of heart. The book touches your heartstrings all the way from the first page to the last. The story is imbued with a distinct poetic spirit. In fact, the blurb of the book does not do any justice to its contents. This book is not a simple love story. The book is also not about the struggle of a young woman who is trying to find her voice. On the other hand, this book is about the brutal reality of what it is
Biswanath Banerjee
Ghost from the past is chasing her and she is running away- probably to escape from the burden of her sin!
Wrong! She has been categorized as a sinner for no fault of hers!
According to the crime clock 2005 of National Crime Records Bureau, one crime against women is reported in every 3 minutes, one molestation every 15 minutes, one rape every 29 minutes, one dowry death every 77 minutes, and one sexual harassment in every 53 minutes. These are horrible statistics of the largest democracy of the w
Ruchira Khanna
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a unique kick that makes you want to know more about this once described carefree girl whose jaunty and happy go lucky attitude was captured by an onlooker on a casual day thus making him nickname her as a "Lemon Girl"
That spunky, feisty attitude described by Arsh created such an image that the reader kept flipping the pages to know more about Nirvi, who was given the above nickname. But alas when he meets her after a few years, he finds her reclusive, cloistered and unsocial. How
Shalini | ReadingWithMuffy
Brilliant blurb, don’t you think? That is the sole reason that made me pick the book- the reason that we have come across at least one girl like Nirvi in our lives. I personally have! Interesting title? Yeah, a chapter into the book, the reader can find out why she has chosen this title.

A jolly good-natured girl who lightens up the room the moment she enters, the one who has dream in her eyes and hope in heart. The story is about Nirvi and Arsh. Nirvi, who was once a chirpy, bubbly, full of life
Pratibha Pandey
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian-fiction
a well plotted tale of two people who are bound to each other by fate in inexplicable way. how much patience and love does it take to erase your past and make one hopeful for a future. How does one deal with demons overpowering the good heart you possess ?

i truly enjoyed this story of new beginning, trusting yourself and of a guy's goal to bring happiness back to a girl.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This novel has such a beautiful flowing lyrical prose...after a long time i have come across an Indian author who knows her stuff...story of the lemon girl is relevant in today's society..and gives a strong message to us...four stars for beautifully woven plot and poetic language.... ...more
Shiny Miracline
Apr 06, 2018 marked it as books-i-have-read  ·  review of another edition
The book was good.... As a fan of Indian authors, waiting to win many books on goodreads... You guys are the angels for those who find heaven in reading
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lemon Girl is in some ways a typical love story, however it is not a story which would be made into a Hindi movie as the main heroine, is a person with a rather controversial past., The heroine Nirvi, the lemon girl has a live in relationship with another man, Sam, who then ditches her to marry a person of his families choice and goes to the united states. It exposes how being abused by a family member or someone who is trusted can traumatize a person for the rest of his or her life, adversely a ...more
Akanksha  Singh
Lemon Girl – A Journey of self discovery
Arsh’s story begins with “Watch out, Lemon Girl” and ends with “Watch out, Nirvi” and between these two statements Jyoti Arora has managed to fit a lifetime of emotions – love, hope, despair, hate – a complete circle.
I did not just love the story – that is such a simple way of putting it. I was so immersed in it that I could feel the emotions of Nirvi and Arsh at each point. Narrating the story through both Arsh’s as well as Nirvi’s point of view was a st
Abhilash Ruhela
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am finally done reading LEMON GIRL written by Jyoti Arora. This is her 2nd book and as far as I can remember, I didn't find her first book quite perfect. Talking about Lemon Girl, I am happy that though the authoress took many years to write it but the way she has grown with her writing has really impressed me. Right from the starting, book holds you and makes you a part of the feelings that Nirvi and Arsh keeps on expressing as first person in chapter after chapter. In some cases, you find N ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Disclaimer: This review has not been commissioned by the Author even though I wish it was :D But Amazon! You have killed by profession.

I had completed Lemon Girl a week ago but was putting off from writing a review as I was not able to decide whether I associated with the character of Nirvi or not. I am a feminist and every female protagonist should stand up for herself, fight her battles and come out as a stronger person. Nirvi is not a black-and-white character where I can say that yes I like
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

Welcome to the front row seat to take a journey of one girl, Nirvi.

Once a jovial and carefree girl, Nirvi’s life changes drastically when she is raped. While it is no fault of her own, she feels otherwise. She is victimized as the victim of a tragedy in this ‘wonder-ful’ society of ours. Now she lives life as a mere shadow of the person she once was – ashamed of her past and with no hopes and dreams of a future. Arsh remembers the girl she was and sees the girl she has become. He takes it upon h
Alyasa  Abbas
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, indian
I had been planning to read Lemon Girl ever since I read its review in eFiction India Magazine.
Well, I finally have... and I regret not having done it sooner. It was refreshing, well-thought, excellent.

It was thorough on many levels. I especially enjoyed the dual narrative by the two protagonists, which kept the spark alive throughout the end and did not tire me of from reading only a single person's point of view over the turn of events - the story demanded it and it was done very well. I love
Anjali Dhananjayan
Personal compliment : I am a big fan of yours!I am in love with this novel and its characters.
From the day nirvi started blaming herself saying "Its all my fault" till the day she denied the sentence n declared "Its not my fault." Ma'am you've portrayed it all brilliantly.. Ups and downs in the novel made me swing along with the perfect setting of conceived imagination..More like a fabricated emotional movie. The novel expresses each and every emotion precisely. Its a beautiful combination of ge
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Lemon Girl'- is the second novel from the most talented author Jyoti Arora who won several national level blogs in past couple of years.
Being a Thalassemia patient, the Author Jyoti Arora faced the curves of adversities through her journey towards the road which entitled her to gain a post graduate degree in English Literature and Applied Psychology.
Her zest to overcome her medical problems and zeal to achieve success keeps her striving and endeavours her to embrace the joy of making her drea
Gayathri Manikandan
Lemon girl - It is not often that we come across a book title with a cute little reasoning behind the name. If I were to flatter the Author, I would say that this title is something I really liked only next to the Magnum Opus 'Ponniyin Selvan'(a Tamil Historic Fiction written in the 1950s. The culprit behind my reservations against giving 5 star to books I like).
When it comes to story telling, I have read books that paint the story in your mind. Few manage to give life to it. Lemon girl is neit
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching, Shocking and Riveting

Firstly am so glad I got the chance to read this wonderful novel. A big thank you to the author for sending me this book. Books with strong women have always stood out to me, because I believe that love stories should not only be about sappy princesses just waiting to be meet some wealthy rich dude. Acceptance for your true self is way more romantic that simply being swept off ones feet!

Jyoti Arora’s ‘Lemon Girl’ is beautifully narrated in the alternating viewpoint
When I first heard that the title of Jyoti's second novel was Lemon Girl, I expected a simple, feel-good romance, but I couldn't be more wrong. It is not a simple love story of Arsh and Nirvi. Rather, it is the story of a girl's journey of regaining her sense of self-worth and respect, after being damaged and wounded in the worst possible way. It is also the story of the care and persistence of a guy who helps her out of the path to self-destruction. At a time when our whole nation is discus
Aman Mittal
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sometimes, when in life, there aren’t enough twists and turns, my suggestion is to pick a book that has enough twists and turns to keep you interested. A book in that kind of category might be hard to find when you need it the most, but sometimes you just have to look on your book-shelf, read some back cover blurbs and Viola! You did it. Now go back to your comfort zone and start reading it.

Similar production is Jyoti Arora’s Lemon Girl. The book is full of aforementioned twists and turns that g
Priyanka Batra Harjai
Rape…Rape…Rape… I am confident that by the time, this review catches your eyeballs, you all might have read numerous accounts and reports about females being raped and call of the learned people on the misdeeds but how many of you have ever tried a decent and true attempt to go beyond the boundaries of books and words in order to find out what happened next?

What about the ill-fated girls who are besotted by their lovers? Whom should they look up to then? Is losing independence the ONLY cost of b
Anaupamya Sarasvatī  Gopalkrishnan
Lemon Girl is a fantastic and brilliant book written by Jyoti Arora. The book consists of two unique and strong characters Nirvi, Arsh and their journey towards becoming one. The author Jyoti Arora has described Nirvi in a spectacular manner. In a way that will make you shed tears for Nirvi in her pain , distress and anguish which she goes through after being disrespected and raped by her own brother. This forces her to leave the house forever .In search of solace and happiness. On the other han ...more
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Jyoti Arora is an Indian novelist and blogger. She has Master's degrees in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Besides her intense and thought-provoking novels, Jyoti’s writing achievements include several wins in blogging competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry ...more

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