This was a very early ARC’s that I received and isn’t due out until January 2019, but it was still a really good read. Here’s my review:
Raina is half Indian and she doesn’t want to abide by all the traditions that are expected of her, namely an arranged marriage. So when her Nani hands her the list of suitable men that she should date, she finally caves, if just to stop her Nani’s constant hounding for marriage and a family. Some of the dates are disastrous and some just aren’t for Raina at all, but she really wants to make it through this list. But in the process of going through these dates and navigating life, Raina starts to discover what she really wants. She makes mistakes and, try as she might to hide from them, she needs to face them.
Lalli has done an excellent job of portraying life as an Indian-American and the expectations that still live on today. Through Raina’s friends, she also does a great job portraying how life growing up can be so hard for people in the gay community because as if the world isn’t hard enough, being gay isn’t acceptable to their parents, who want to see their children successful, straight, doctors and lawyers.
While I didn’t agree with all of Raina’s decisions, I thought that her process of self-discovery was relatable. And as much as her Nani’s constant nagging irked me, I haven’t had to deal with that, so if what I’ve read and watched in movies is true, then it’s completely accurate of the culture. I did love Nani’s level of supportiveness in Raina, even when it became downright hard to do. Nicely done.