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Upon my first attempt at reading the novel, I stopped nearly after approximately 20 pages or so. The writing style took some time to become accustomed to as it frequently shifted back from the present to the past, at times, without warning. However, I continued to read it and found that in a way, the reader grows with the character. You are forced to feel a wide array of sentiments for all the characters although their actions may not have been the best in terms of morality. The setting is mainly in Puerto Rico and it was a bit upsetting to read Puerto Rican literature as the main character, Isabel, continued to make poor decisions. I would have much rather the main character be empowering with values and despite the fact that she might have been led astray, she would have returned to her optimistic views which included morals. I, as the reader, felt that Puerto Rican women as a whole were portrayed poorly. However, if anything, this novel diplays what occurs when you do not put your knowledge to good use as Isabel was a bright woman who did not utilize her intellectual ability well.
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