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'I promise you I will not bother you if you can tell me just this one thing. Are you happy?' After her board exams are over, Sonali – Li to her friends– meets a mysterious stranger called Omi Daan on Facebook. What begins as an idle chat soon takes over her waking hours and her dreams, as she, and through her, her friends Jo and Neel, get sucked inexorably into a world of d 'I promise you I will not bother you if you can tell me just this one thing. Are you happy?' After her board exams are over, Sonali – Li to her friends– meets a mysterious stranger called Omi Daan on Facebook. What begins as an idle chat soon takes over her waking hours and her dreams, as she, and through her, her friends Jo and Neel, get sucked inexorably into a world of darkness, danger and death. Who is Omi Daan? As they try to find out, their lives disintegrate and Li discovers that one cannot deal with darkness and remain untouched ...


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'I promise you I will not bother you if you can tell me just this one thing. Are you happy?' After her board exams are over, Sonali – Li to her friends– meets a mysterious stranger called Omi Daan on Facebook. What begins as an idle chat soon takes over her waking hours and her dreams, as she, and through her, her friends Jo and Neel, get sucked inexorably into a world of d 'I promise you I will not bother you if you can tell me just this one thing. Are you happy?' After her board exams are over, Sonali – Li to her friends– meets a mysterious stranger called Omi Daan on Facebook. What begins as an idle chat soon takes over her waking hours and her dreams, as she, and through her, her friends Jo and Neel, get sucked inexorably into a world of darkness, danger and death. Who is Omi Daan? As they try to find out, their lives disintegrate and Li discovers that one cannot deal with darkness and remain untouched ...

30 review for Facebook Phantom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pradeep Chandkiran

    Initially, Facebook Phantom appears to deal with what should be one of the easiest topics for a teenager to write about, facebook and friendship. It starts with an easy introduction to the protagonists, 3 friends whose life revolves around friendship, cell-phone and gossip (yes, not really facebook). Life is normal. And then comes a strange message on facebook that turns their lives upside-down. The rest is for you to find out! There are a number of things that stand out in this gripping novel. Initially, Facebook Phantom appears to deal with what should be one of the easiest topics for a teenager to write about, facebook and friendship. It starts with an easy introduction to the protagonists, 3 friends whose life revolves around friendship, cell-phone and gossip (yes, not really facebook). Life is normal. And then comes a strange message on facebook that turns their lives upside-down. The rest is for you to find out! There are a number of things that stand out in this gripping novel. Suzanne displays a simple mastery over language and evenness of narration that ensures that you breeze through the book, rather than drag your feet through it. The style of presenting different points of view, with the narration being shared between the protagonists is handled well and breaks the monotony. The lines between the normal and the paranormal are often grey, and you cant help but mistake one for the other. Predictable though it is to a great extent, it does keep you engrossed till the end. The last third of the book has a tad too much romance that often takes away from the broader plot. But all in all, a commendable and mature first time effort!

  2. 5 out of 5

    VaultOfBooks

    By Suzanne Sangi. Grade: B The book starts with introducing the main characters via a casual conversation between them, and picks up momentum when the protagonist of the novel, Sonali- lovingly called Li – is bored to death in her summer vacations and tries spending a little time on the social networking website Facebook. There she sees a peculiar message by Omi Daan, a guy she does not know. ‘I’m glad to be your friend. I promise you I will not bother you if you can tell me just this one thing. A By Suzanne Sangi. Grade: B The book starts with introducing the main characters via a casual conversation between them, and picks up momentum when the protagonist of the novel, Sonali- lovingly called Li – is bored to death in her summer vacations and tries spending a little time on the social networking website Facebook. There she sees a peculiar message by Omi Daan, a guy she does not know. ‘I’m glad to be your friend. I promise you I will not bother you if you can tell me just this one thing. Are you happy?’ The book – a one of its kind paranormal attempt – is the brainchild of the seventeen year old Suzanne. She began writing it when she was just fifteen, and is undoubtedly a laudable effort. I remember the first time the idea of ‘Facebook Phantom’ came to me: It was during my mid-terms in tenth standard and I’d just come home from school in the afternoon. I’d convinced myself that I was going to sign in on Facebook just for ten minutes or so–that was the time I was obsessed with Vampire Wars and I was hell bent on reaching the next level. A very light read, its tone is maintained throughout the text. The sense of humour is absolutely wonderful and there is a sheer realness in the dialogues, which is one of the strongest points of the book. The plot’s thick, and proceeds evenly, without dragging. The cover, too, is creatively designed, keeping in tune with Facebook’s new timeline display feature. It is the name, profile photo and the cover photo- making it hold up to the title of the book. However, there were few areas that needed work. The frequent changes in POV – from Sonali to Neel – might leave the reader confused and detract him from the reading experience. It was difficult to ascertain who was speaking when. Young Suzanne has also frequently borrowed a page from Stephenie Meyer’s book and inserted more dream sequences than are honestly needed. The plot, though innovative in the beginning, turns predictable after the first half, and the writing lacked cohesion and coherence. The author had brilliant ideas, but words seem to fail her. All in all, this book is a mixed bag of emotions. But after all is said and done, it should be remembered that this is probably the first work of a seventeen year old, and if she continues to stick to the craft with this much determination, we are certainly going to see some magic soon. Originally Reviewed at http://vaultofbooks.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Raj Das

    Thankfully I didn't waste my money buying the book. But I wasted my time. I asked for a book to read from one of my friends. He didn't give me a lot of choices. One of them was Facebook Phantom. Something about the book caught my attention. Firstly, it was penned by a 17 year old, and how such a young girl got a book published, intrigued me. I wanted to give the book a shot. It turned out to be the worst decision I'd ever made. As soon as I began reading the book, it became evident that a girl who Thankfully I didn't waste my money buying the book. But I wasted my time. I asked for a book to read from one of my friends. He didn't give me a lot of choices. One of them was Facebook Phantom. Something about the book caught my attention. Firstly, it was penned by a 17 year old, and how such a young girl got a book published, intrigued me. I wanted to give the book a shot. It turned out to be the worst decision I'd ever made. As soon as I began reading the book, it became evident that a girl who had just passed her class 10 board exams had written it. The writing was naive and downright painful to read. What I hated most about it was the author's choice of using words that sound Amercanised and 'cool' instead of proper, clean English. For example, the characters never laugh or smile but they 'chortle'. They never sit but they 'plonk' on the sofa. Instead of writing 'going to' she uses 'gonna'.. The characters are also naive. The three friends are poorly developed and Sonali Machado, the protagonist, is a complete cow. The most irritating thing was that she constantly had stupid dreams of visiting exotic, eerie places and the author has included many such 'dreams' just to fill up the pages. Sonali chats with Omi Daan on Facebook. The guy seems cute but it turns out that he's a freak. In due course of time, Omi tells Sonali about his troubled past- how his sister drowned in front of him by falling from a bridge. This totally melts the girl and she falls in love (or obsession). This is the opening Omi was looking for. Sonali starts ignoring her old friends and one of them dies. Killed. By our Omi. Then the story gets even bizarre. Omi turns out to be a ghost (hence the title 'Facebook Phantom'). He gets into Sonali's head and turns up in her dreams. He slowly starts corrupting her. In the end though, the good guy (one of Sonali's friends) kills the bad guy (Mr. Daan). To make it even more stupid, the friend was believed to be gay in the beginning of the book. Turns out he secretly loved Miss Machado! This is all that I could understand. The climax is so pathetically written that it's a miracle that I could even understand the ending. The only good thing about the book is that it is short in length. It's a shame that something like this got published. The young girl's parents probably knew a publisher personally and asked him to publish their daughter's 'book'. That is the only explanation I can find.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Proton

    I was intrigued by the book cover and the plot. I was even more intrigued when I read about the book's author! I mean, when I was fifteen, I just knew straight meant just 'straight' and wouldn't have had the vast knowledge of opinions and impressions on relationships (as if I do now, duh!) So, appreciation to her, her parents, her creativity and everyone who supported her in this (Because you'd not know how most parents are cliched in India, about the future and all that!) Coming to the actual (my I was intrigued by the book cover and the plot. I was even more intrigued when I read about the book's author! I mean, when I was fifteen, I just knew straight meant just 'straight' and wouldn't have had the vast knowledge of opinions and impressions on relationships (as if I do now, duh!) So, appreciation to her, her parents, her creativity and everyone who supported her in this (Because you'd not know how most parents are cliched in India, about the future and all that!) Coming to the actual (my personal)review of the book, the plot sounded interesting. Honestly, I expected the book to offer much more than what it actually offered! I mean, it was such an easy plot to play around with(I can hear your mind voice though!) and yet the author left the story with so many loose ends. There were chronology lapses between chapters. The end to the story was so poorly etched! I was actually gripped when the protagonist secluded herself and when even her boyfriend started seeing things! But alas! There, the plot receded to tempt further. And(forever and again!) the core of the plot centred around a girl, love, anger, hatred, guilt and betrayal! I sincerely feel the author has(d) better potential to spin a stronger and gripping plot than this. In the twirl of events, the book misses what the main plot is! Is it love or friendship or the void or betrayal? Nothing stands out! Overall, a timepass read that can be finished in less than a day!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bipin

    First of all, I acknowledge the accomplishment of the author at such an young age (a feat very few could achieve). Now, my view of the book: This was my first book in this genre: paranormal (if you can call it that). So, I don't know what is normalcy. Coincidentally, I felt an insatiable thirst while reading about the same of Li; that freaked me out. The book was entertaining, but a bit of a bore in places. This book shows the extent of westernization on the Indian youth (eg: families watching Am First of all, I acknowledge the accomplishment of the author at such an young age (a feat very few could achieve). Now, my view of the book: This was my first book in this genre: paranormal (if you can call it that). So, I don't know what is normalcy. Coincidentally, I felt an insatiable thirst while reading about the same of Li; that freaked me out. The book was entertaining, but a bit of a bore in places. This book shows the extent of westernization on the Indian youth (eg: families watching America's funniest videos, using nicknames like 'Godzilla' among others). Apart from that, there was a lot of ambiguity and loose ends in the book; it didn't give me the sense of completion after reading the book in its entirety. The antagonist's abilities are underemphasized or underexplored. Some scenes were dragged on more than they need to be while some pivotal scenes were abrupt and very short. Conceptually, some points need more explanation. Like any other young-adult book told from the perspective of a teenager, this too features a love triangle and a female protagonist torn between love for two boys. Also, the title is not justified: facebook is used in too few scenes with too little explanation to warrant that title. But the design of chapter heading was rad. Using first person through out the book via changing the narrator in different chapter is a cool idea. Finally, this book is fine for an young debuting author, but I hope her further books will be better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachna Shekhar

    Okay. When you see that a girl has managed to pen down something as articulate (in the beginning anyways) as this, it is REALLY impressive. As one makes way through this book, you will be disappointed. Something which could've been an amazing plot with a creepy yet I-can't-let-this-book-down aura, turned into I-can't-let-this-book-down-cause-it-is-pissing-off. It is good ,really but it could've been much better. The author has a a tight leash over her English but certain narrations really aggrav Okay. When you see that a girl has managed to pen down something as articulate (in the beginning anyways) as this, it is REALLY impressive. As one makes way through this book, you will be disappointed. Something which could've been an amazing plot with a creepy yet I-can't-let-this-book-down aura, turned into I-can't-let-this-book-down-cause-it-is-pissing-off. It is good ,really but it could've been much better. The author has a a tight leash over her English but certain narrations really aggravate. For one - Her supposedly "gay" best friend loves her. Okay. I can bear with that. 2. Her best friend dies (spoiler!) and She is still all bouncy and happy. 3. And the kiss. "It was our deepest kiss ever" (Likewhattheheck?) ??? Apart from that, well written . Kudos to you! :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krystalin

    This was an enjoyable, light read. The writing was surprisingly well constructed and the story line flowed well. All in all, a maturely written book for one so young. The plot was interesting and well handled. I liked the way the perspectives of different characters were portrayed using different chapters and how it all ties in at the end. The introduction of an unexpected character toward the end was a nice twist. All in all, well written and kudos to the young writer. Look forward to greater a This was an enjoyable, light read. The writing was surprisingly well constructed and the story line flowed well. All in all, a maturely written book for one so young. The plot was interesting and well handled. I liked the way the perspectives of different characters were portrayed using different chapters and how it all ties in at the end. The introduction of an unexpected character toward the end was a nice twist. All in all, well written and kudos to the young writer. Look forward to greater and greater things from her.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaviya

    I was quite impressed, after knowing, that this book was written by a fifteen year old. A teensy-bit dark for a fifteen year old, but it was great, all-the-same. I liked the idea of getting social media into the picture, because everyone is addicted to the Internet, these days, and getting a creepy message... I mean, I liked the overall plot of the book, but I thought that it could've been more longer and detailed. But it was still amazing for a debut book. You can expect some confusion towards t I was quite impressed, after knowing, that this book was written by a fifteen year old. A teensy-bit dark for a fifteen year old, but it was great, all-the-same. I liked the idea of getting social media into the picture, because everyone is addicted to the Internet, these days, and getting a creepy message... I mean, I liked the overall plot of the book, but I thought that it could've been more longer and detailed. But it was still amazing for a debut book. You can expect some confusion towards the end like - (sorry no spoilers allowed). But its okay, really. Also, I really liked the epilogue too. Nice book, definitely enjoyed reading it. It keeps you at the edge till the end, like I wrote earlier, I do think it could have been more elaborate - I literally read it in one day. Pro Tip: Don't read the book, at night, especially, if you sleep alone. Just don't.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shruti Buddhavarapu

    Not too shabby at all. Pretty okay.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄

    Yo, my senior has penned this? o.O I have gotta read it! :D After reading: I'm impressed. Review on the way.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kavya Bhardwaj

    nyc book.....keeps u hooked till the end....Neel's dreams in the end r his unnecessary punishment.....still good

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alekhya

    good book but not a surprising end............

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vanna Theos

    It's a dark dark book. But the thrill keeps you going. The end is a bit disappointing, but overall the book gives you those chills and you'd be left with this name Omi Daan stuck with you for life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maadhur

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kiranmayi Kondapalli

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sankalpita (bookGeeks India)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Faiza Khan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meetu Sobhani

  19. 5 out of 5

    Devanshi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Purvi

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rupali

  22. 4 out of 5

    Neha Gururaj

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vartika Srivastava

  24. 4 out of 5

    silvia canduelas

  25. 5 out of 5

    Harita Hari

  26. 4 out of 5

    Keren Awuku

  27. 5 out of 5

    Parthi Loveboy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Xee Fay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anubhab Banerjee

  30. 4 out of 5

    Preethika Anbalagan

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