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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    "Torn Together" by Emlyn Chand tells the story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery through her relationship with two unlikely individuals. Daly English is an art student in Oakland Community College. Her future as an artist is uncertain and her days in college are boring and uninspiring, thanks to the algebra class that she has to repeat, and other classes that have nothing to do with art. To make matters worse, her boyfriend of two years, Rick, cheated on her. She has a strained relationship with her mother, Laine, and she still misses her late father dearly. Her fate begins to change, however, when she meets Akash Malhotra or Kashi, whom she deeply falls in love with. But their love meets with certain obstacles when Kashi brings her back to India to meet his parents.

    Beginning chapters were slow for me, but the pace got better halfway through the book. The cross-cultural relationship is poignant with unexpected heart-wrenching twists in the plot. I did feel quite ambiguous about this story, that could easily turn out to be a cliché, but Chand didn’t let that happen. Her writing style was expressive and clear, grammatically correct and suggestive. The characters were believable as well as dynamic; they could easily resemble someone you know with similar life and issues in reality. "Torn Together" is a well-written book with a beautiful story. On the whole, a great book for women from all cultures and walks of life.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    A good read. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I r

    A good read.

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished it rather quickly. The end had me glued to my Kindle and staring at it in disbelief.

    Daly is a twenty year old young woman trying to make it as an artist. She has a distant relationship with her mother, whom she calls Laine. This confused me because I originally thought that Laine was her stepmother, not her mother. The things that Laine did following Daly's father's death were, in some way, unforgivable yet understandable later in the book. I felt for Daly in the beginning. In the middle, when she met Kashi, I was afraid this was an insta-love storyline that just wasn't resonating for me. However, the story took a few turns and I loved it. 

    Laine, Kashi, and Meghann were great characters that added to Daly's story. Meghann was a sweet girl in a difficult situation. However, her presence was a godsend in so many ways at different times. Kashi was sweet. At first, I thought he wasn't going to be a good fact, I thought he was an older man and kind of creepy. He really had me feeling different things...he was a creep, a mama's boy, a sweetheart, and a muse. Laine was difficult. I really didn't like her but then I did but I still don't thinking about her later. Complex in some ways. Typical in other ways. 

    Some scenes were laugh-out-loud funny. I really enjoyed the scene in the pharmacy between Daly and Kashi. Other scenes made me angry, particularly one in India. And other moments had me reaching for the Kleenex box. The ending was not predictable at all! And, I was happy about that. So many books have a predictable ending...this was different and truly fit the book.

    Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I may even recommend it to my book group.

    Will I read it again: I will not. 

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