The Perfect Us

The Perfect Us
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Rating: 4.5/5

Author: Durjoy Datta

Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited

Publishing Date: 31 August 2018

Language: English

Genre: Fiction, Romance

ISBN-10: 9780143426592

ISBN-13: 978-0143426592

ASIN: 0143426591

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Cost: Rs. 95.72 (Kindle edition)


Avantika is an investment banker, an ambitious go-getter and the exact opposite of Deb-a corporate professional turned failed writer, turned scripter of saas-bahu serials. They have been together for ten years, surviving everything from college to rave parties to annoying best friends, including Shrey, who has no respect for personal boundaries, and Vernita and Tanmay - the annoying yet enviable 'it' couple who seem to have it all.

Now Avantika wants to take the next step. But will Deb be able to catch up? Or will it rip them apart? No matter how hard he tries, Deb can't convince Avantika that he is the one for her. Not as long as she is broken and her past looms in the background-pushing her, troubling her, goading her to question if their love is enough. Will Deb be able to find their perfect place?

The Perfect Us is love's struggle to find a happily ever after.


The Perfect Us is a fictional story of contemporary love. It sounds like a story of a perfect life as a married couple. The character of Deb and Avantika now want to take the next step in their relationship; they want to have a baby so their family can be complete. As easy as it may sound to any person, they never apprehended the many hardships that they are headed towards, including the one when Deb and Avantika can’t conceive even after trying for a year. So, they decide to consult a specialist, which brings heart breaking revelations.

The protagonists in the book are very well written. The supporting characters also help in taking the story forward- as the nervous and hesitating ‘father-to-be’ to have a baby and an all into minute things that a mother wants in her child. The best friends Shrey and Vernita too are shown a complete opposite of each other in helping to make any decision. Tanmay’s relationship with Avantika is shown as love-hate relationship which is relatable for almost all siblings out there.

Durjoy Datta’s books are quite easy to read and relate to and so does this one. It’s story and the characters involved can be exchangeable with the real life people and the people involved in their lives. The problems and scenarios in the story are very much likely to happen in real life as well. The readers can relate and emote easily.

About the Author:

Durjoy Datta is a novelist, screenwriter and the co-founder of the publishing house Grapevine India. He completed his education from the Management Development Institute located in Gurgaon and also has a degree from the reputed Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany. Before venturing into writing, Datta worked at NIIT Ltd., Siemens AG and American Express. In 2009, The Times of India honoured him as 'The Young Achiever'. He was also selected by Whistling Woods International in 2011 as one of the two young achievers in the category of Media and Communications. Some of his popular books include 'Of Course I Love You Till I Find Someone Better’ and 'You Were My Crush till you said you love me!’