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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Insult to Injury by Gun Brooke


Not a very deep read set in some sort of a lesbian paradise town, this book is a read-and-leave kind of practically templated story. Rich-girl-poor-girl, successful-musician-homeless-struggler, about a decade of age gap and inexplicable deep love unfurling are the themes.

Romi Shepherd runs away from her loveless home in East Quay to New York hoping to be discovered while busking. But years later she is just a homeless person singing in the subway. She is arrested for breaking-and-entering because her wallet and ID, which were stolen from her, were found at the crime scene. Panic-stricken, Romi runs away from custody and goes back to East Quay and takes shelter in the basement bomb shelter of her childhood home where she used to live with her aunt. Unbeknownst to aunt is no more and the house has just been bought by Gil Owen, a renowned violinist whose career and life have been derailed by an accident. Romi’s and Gail’s paths keep crossing as Romi continues hiding in the basement grappling with guilt of her continued stay.

Initially we felt that the book would be much more complicated given Romi’s homelessness and hiding in the basement juxtaposed with Gail’s diva-ness. We thought that Gail would have much more reaction (especially of outrage and fear) over the fact someone was secretly sharing her house (imagine how scary this would be if it actually happened to someone). But the book simplified the situation midway and lapsed into an easier narrative. We didn’t quite get the motivations and trajectory of the characters or the speed of some situations especially towards the end.

This is basically a kind of fairy tale of Romi’s life. Non-complicated, all’s-well-and-only-gets-better kind of read.   


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