I had the pleasure of not only reading it, but of interviewing Serena Kaur on Babble about it too. Double whammy. You can watch it below.
It’s a debut novel that reads like the work of someone who’s been developing characters and plots their whole life. The story starts by following Maansi who, after a particularly terrible experience and years of dealing with depression, decides to accept her parents’ offer to arrange her marriage. She thinks it’ll be easier that way. But her betrothed has his own reasons for accepting the arrangement, his own trauma and his own secrets to bring to the marriage. The two, as you might have guessed, make a less-than-perfect match.
The novel deals with love, loss, mental health, the Asian-British experience and no matter how many themes emerge, they’re always relevant and fully fleshed out. Your opinions will change whenever you’re given another point of view and everyone will learn a humbling lesson in making assumptions about others.
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