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on Oct. 20, 2012 :
Truth? I read this book as a favor for the tour -- it didn't really sound like a book I'd enjoy, but I was intrigued enough to give it a try. And, honestly, I'm so glad I did. The author is stupendously talented.
The story is one we've read before: girl from the wrong side of the tracks hooks up with rich boyfriend. Families disapprove. It's all very West Side Story. But the author's added in race issues as well (about as many as you can: Deena, the heroine, is half black/half white and all conflicted and Tak is Japanese).
Even that is far too simple an explanation, though, and this book is far from simple. Deena is making a life for herself, despite her background, and is completely torn between family and future. Tak isn't quite as conflicted -- he's such a great guy. Yes, his family has its share of issues as well, nevermind that his father is Deena's boss.
It's such a cliche, but I really was sucked right into this book from the beginning, and went from a reluctant reader to an avid one, turning pages to see what would happen next. Every time I'd think there would finally be a bit of smooth sailing for our lovers, something would happen. Or when I'd think it couldn't get any worse, it would.
I can't write this review without mentioning the author's skill. She's truly got some amazing talent with words. She really does paint a picture with her words, from the slums where Deena's family lives, to the office where she works, to Tak's family home. I could see every setting clearly, as well as each very individual character, and the book unfolded like a movie in my mind. I was so impressed.
This book was wonderful from it's tragic beginning to its satisfying ending. So, even if you read the blurb to this book and think "meh" like I did? Don't move on to something else. Give it a try. If you like suspense, romance, tons of conflict and great writing, you'll love this book. I know I did.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)