Published by jimmy patterson on January 15, 2019
A modern retelling of a classic Indian legend, 96 Words for Love is a coming-of-age story.
Ever since her acceptance to UCLA, 17-year-old Raya Liston has been quietly freaking out. She feels simultaneously lost and trapped by a future already mapped out for her.
Then her beloved grandmother dies, and Raya jumps at the chance to spend her last free summer at the ashram in India where her grandmother met and fell in love with her grandfather. Raya hopes to find her center and her true path. But she didn't expect to fall in love... with a country of beautiful contradictions, her fiercely loyal cousin, a local girl with a passion for reading, and a boy who teaches her that in Sanskrit, there are 96 different ways to say the word "love."
A modern retelling of the classic Indian legend of Shakuntala and Dushyanta.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been here, but I’ve been busily reading if you haven’t been following my goodreads for all the self help books that I’ve been swallowing as well as getting ready for the holiday season. I have high hopes of bringing you tons of reviews and more great content over the next month with that wonderful promise let’s jump into the real reason that you are here today.
I recently finished 96 Words of Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash. Before I jump into the gushy parts of this review, I should let you know that I did receive this book as part of a Goodreads Advanced Reader Copy giveaway and that I wasn’t compensated for anything I am about to say.
I loved the premise of the story being a coming of age pilgrimage and time in an ashram in India. I also loved the fact that Raya got to learn a lot more about her heritage, her grandmother, and the Indian culture. It was also interesting to know that this book was a modern retelling of an Indian folk story. As I’ve always promised I won’t spoil the ending for you , but there is a romantic twist in the book which I didn’t mind and could have seen coming a mile away. It did seem weird that there was a other minor sub-story that happened toward the end of the book.
I mean, if you’re writing a romantic contemporary story write a romantic contemporary story. If you are writing a story about humanitarian efforts and self discovery write about that. When one becomes a subplot for the other it looks dull, half assed and unfinished. Other that than I can honestly say that I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a more diverse character read. I found the book interesting, but not a serious page turner which is why it took me so long to read. I could see this as a pool book or a fun summer read.
96 Words of Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash is set to release on January 15, 2019. Be sure to pick it up at your local bookstore or let your local library know that you want to read this book.