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This book didn’t appear on the list because I didn’t even know that this book existed until I signed up to do something for Hearst and it involved reading a book. I forgot I signed up for it until I got home one day and the book was already there waiting for me. It was kind of time sensitive and so it got bumped up the list real quick and so here it is. It skewed my Spring Reading List slightly, but whatever, the aim is to read 70 books this year. 70 books is 70 books regardless of how I get there.
This started out as being book 22 and then ended up being 23.
And the reason for this is that I just could not get into it. It was 300 pages and I never really felt like I was in it. And I thought it might have been because I was kind of falling into some kind of reading slump but then I realised that no, it was just the book. It was just one of those books that I didn’t get along with.
I honestly could not tell you what the actual point of this book was. I don’t think there was ever any over arching plot. Or at least it didn’t feel like there was one. In tried to find one but I just couldn’t and that was one of the reasons that I didn’t really mesh with it.
It is told from 3 perspectives at 3 different points in time, which is actually interesting enough and was something that I was interested to see play out. But nothing felt like it ever came from it. They all linked together in some way sure, but not in a way that I at any point felt was interesting or warranted. And I am aware that I am being harsh but honestly that is just where I am at with it. The only reason in the end that I didn’t not finish it is because I was reading it for something. It got to the point where I had to treat it as I treated some books at uni. Do it for the degree. For the greater good.
I didn’t like this book. However, there some positives.
I don’t think I ever really appreciated just how little I read books with Asian characters at the centre of them. This book is full of them. And it provides 3 very different women and the way that they navigate their world. Also, it’s well written. I can’t deny that. It’s just not my cup of tea. Teo has a beautiful way of writing and making everything feel really vivid in the world that she is creating. Her writing style is great. I am also excited to see what future books of hers would bring as I feel like she has some really interesting narratives to tell. And they are narratives are needed, which is a lot to pin on just one person, but that is more of a general comment then anything.
I can’t really say that I would recommend this book. I mean there are some good parts to it, but for the most part I just spent it kind of confused and wondering what the point of everything was and what the overall point of it actually was. And I hated the ended. I really did not like it. At all. It felt like it answered nothing and just kind of felt very meh.
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