Review of wake up life is calling


What if your mind is your greatest enemy?

What if you were living your worst nightmare?

How would you cope?

Ankita has fought a mental disorder, been through hell, and survived two suicide attempts. Now in Mumbai, surrounded by her loving and supportive parents, everything seems idyllic. She is not on medication. She is in a college she loves, studying her dream subject: Creative Writing. At last leading a ‘normal life’, she immerses herself in every bit of it.

Underneath the surface, however, there is trouble brewing. A book she discovers in her college library draws her in, consumes her and sends her into a terrifying darkness that twists and tears her apart. To make matters worse, a past boyfriend resurfaces, throwing her into further turmoil.

Can she escape her thoughts? Will Ankita survive the ordeal a second time around? What does life have in store for her?

Preeti Shenoy’s compelling sequel to the iconic bestseller Life is What You Make It chronicles the resilience of the human mind and the immense power of positive thinking. The gripping narrative demonstrates with gentle wisdom how by changing our thoughts, we can change our life itself.


Life is what you make it ends with Ankita diagnosed with bipolar disorder and together with the help of her parents and NIMH , she tries to get back.

The book is a serious read and is not for someone who looks forward to get the feeling of joy thinking about the characters. The books provides great morale of self confidence to those who feel dejected and think of ending their life.

She starts a new life in Mumbai as she takes up a creative writing course. Joining her as buddies are Janki and Parul. It all starts when her friend from school comes back and at the same time she borrows a book that gives a clear picture of suicide.

What happens later ? Does she complete the course, what happens to her after her friend comes back, what triggers inside her after reading the book is the rest of the story.

The characters have been portrayed very well. Especially that of Mrs. Hayden, whose flashback and her current life gives you more strength. The visual exercises that she teaches Ankita are more of a learning for us that we can impart into our lives.

The narration is good and simple to understand. I would definitely say this is a comeback for Preeti.

The cover is vibrant and gives you a feeling of freshness or something like a great start.

Ankita, the protagonist is firm and smart though she was being emotional. Her strength of having the thought to come out of her situation without medication is appreciable.

The concept of Ankita making life notes is another positive aspect of the book. The plot being simple has been put forth in such a way that it conveys a powerful message.


Publisher : Srishti publishers and distributors

ISBN 10 :9387022609

ISBN 13: 978-9387022607



Cover :4/5

Writing and presentation:4/5


Overall :4/5

Preeti Shenoy is the bestselling author of Life is What You Make It and eleven other titles. Her books have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. She is among the highest-selling authors in India. She is also a speaker, columnist, and artist. Preeti has been featured on BBC, Conde Nast, Verve, India Today and all other major media.

30 Replies to “Review of wake up life is calling”

  1. We all go through many ups and downs in life but still need to have a strong will power to survive.
    This real life story will definitely be a good read.Thanks for sharing.


  2. Surviving mental illness is never easy. The people around the person matter too. Just like the resilience of the person. I haven’t read this book yet but going to check it out. Your review gives me a good reason to get the book in my hand.


  3. I feel effectively dealing with life’s hardships is an important skill which one learns from experience. But then there are some people who are quite sensitive & emotional and even a simple trigger can send them into a state of turmoil. They need supportive people around them to come out of such situations. This books seems like a good read.


  4. I enjoy reading books about psychokogy or even anything related to our mind and behaviour. It is quite thrilling for me learn about our minds more!


  5. seems to be thrilling and engaging books. It’s always interesting to read mind related stories. Great Read though.


  6. Mind and mental health are two topics that interest me . Awareness about Bipolar disorder and mental health is making me curious to read this one. Will check it out. Fab review


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