First of all I want to say that I finished this book on the plane ride to London! I read the whole thing on our flight, it was such a quick read! When travelling I like having a story that turns pages easily and doesn’t require me to “think” that hard, so in that regard this book was perfect.
Overall Impressions: This book was definitely not what I expected it to be. Although I am not quite sure what it was I expected. The way the book is set up with the chapters being different characters’ perspectives threw me a bit at the beginning because I felt as though the exposition hadn’t been established so I didn’t know who these characters were in relation to each other. When that was finally explored it all made sense, but it made for a bit of a confusing beginning. I did however like that it explored different cultures and immigration as its basis for its story. This is not a subject I have commonly read in fiction and so it was refreshing to have a story that gave me more insight on these matters as they are very current in our society. The paradoxical relationship established between Natasha and Daniel is also refreshing. I enjoyed that these characters really stayed true to their beliefs for a long time and were not shifted out of them because of teen love. I was hoping at the end however that they wouldn’t meet again. I’m not sure why it is that I wanted that (usually I’m all about getting the lovers together in the end) but something just felt right about their relationship having its time and place.
Overall I enjoyed the novel. I feel like it was nice to have an easier read after “The Handmaid’s Tale”. I’m looking forward to the next novel on my list which is “How To Be A Woman” by Caitlin Moran. If you are interested in reading along please do! I’ll probably do a recap like this at the end of the month so that we can share thoughts! Happy reading!