Half Girlfriend is a story of Bihari boy Madhav, a Hindi speaking Bihari who falls in love with Riya, an influential Delhi girl on the campus of prestigious St. Stephen’s College. Madhav belongs to middle class family, while Riya is from higher class and both have different lifestyles. Madhav proposes her, but Riya rejects the proposal because she thinks they are good as a friend only.
A romance novel for the young adults, Half Girlfriend is a story that has been set in different locations including Bihar, Delhi and New York; it revolves around a boy who comes from Bihar in India and his deep longing to dazzle out the girl he is in love with.
According to the author, the book is meant for the "non-English-types" and reveals the utter dissatisfaction and language problems a young man from Bihar, who speaks Bhojpuri and knows little about the ways of big cities, had to wade through as he got admitted at St. Stephen’s College in the national capital, a place that signified sophistication. He falls for a rich, smart and high-class girl from the city. Although the girl never fully accepts this relationship, she nevertheless gives a nod to be his "half girlfriend".
Highlighting the new modern love story, as the name suggests it revolves around the unique idea of half girlfriend and how modern day relationship moves from good, bad to exciting things. Meanwhile, the novel will also bestow with some beautiful sight seen of Patna (Bihar) and New York.
So, will Madhav succeed to make Riya fall in love with him? Will Riya accept him or not? All these answers are available in this 280 page long book. This love story is beyond live in relationship and love at first sight type of love story and Chetan Bhagat’s creative writing has made it a unique love story.
The novel has also been published in Hindi and Gujarati versions as well. A Bollywood film adaptation is also planned and will be directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Bhagat.
Chetan Bhagat is the author of eleven blockbuster books. These include eight novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014), One Indian Girl (2016) and The Girl in Room 105 (2018)—and the non-fiction titles What Young India Wants (2012), Making India Awesome (2015) and India Positive (2019). Several of his novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films.
The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest-selling English language novelist in India’s history’. Time named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’, and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’.
Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer.