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Posted December 24, 2013
This is one of those books that definitely has its highs and lows. In fact, reviewing a book like this is more of a challenge than reading it. It is a young adult romance with a twist, and it will remind you of what is truly important in life. And this book even has an international flair. Read on to discover if this is a book you may like or not.
First of all, the profanity is extremely minimal, but it is there. The sex scenes are not overly graphic, but they are there. I don't enjoy the fact that sex before marriage is considered normal, but at least it doesn't happen much. Marriage still appears to be the ideal.
I hate to say it, but I did not like Kashi. From the beginning, I did not want to trust him. Then he appeared to be too good to be true. Maybe I'm wrong, but this is just from my perspective. At first, I enjoyed the romance between him and Daly, but before long, I found this to be another sappy romance. I know many readers like that kind of thing, but it does seem to turn me off.
I will give the author kudos for the wrench that was thrown into the story--I actually became interested again for a while. This was more than halfway through the book, and then I finally understood the title of the book. I will admit that this portion of the book was a brilliant move on the author's part, but I still wasn't sold.
One interesting aspect of the book was the religious aspect. God was mentioned, and one of the characters appears to be a Christian. I was impressed with the fact that God was painted in a positive light, and the characters wrestled with the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people. It did seem that the author may have a view which espoused the idea that there are many ways to God, but at least God was talked about in a positive way in this book.
This book had me on the kind of roller coaster I don't really like. There were moments in the book where my emotions truly became wrapped up with the characters, but this high did not last long. I would have loved to have connected with this book more, but maybe it was just not meant to be--at least for me. I am sure there would be many who would enjoy this book, so check it out, if you like.
Posted June 3, 2013
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
"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.
Posted March 13, 2013
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 guy...in 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.
Posted March 7, 2013
When Daly, the main character, discovers her boyfriend is having an affair, she returns to her childhood home. Now, you'd think that this would be fine and dandy, but it isn't. Daly and her mother, Laine, have a strained relationship, and it's quite obvious. Not too far into the novel, we're introduced to Meghann. Meghann is a freshman in high school who Laine has taken under her wing; they met at the shelter where Laine works. When Laine is giving Meghann a cooking lesson, Daly becomes so consumed with anger that she goes for a run and one thing leads to another, and she meets Kashi. At first, Daly doesn't know how to react to Kashi coming up and talking to her, but little did she know that this would be the guy to change her life in a very big way. When I first began reading this novel, I honestly didn't know whether or not I would enjoy it because it was so hard for me to connect with Daly; she seemed very distant, but she was hurt, and I understood it more. Towards the middle of the novel, I was so happy and excited because everything seemed to be going perfect, but then Emlyn just hits us with this huge bang! It literally shocked me! I had no idea how to react, I wasn't expecting it at all! In the end, this novel was a great, but emotional read. I would definitely recommend this novel to others. It will change your life!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2012
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Fractured family relationships, unplanned teenage pregnancy and a person's personal fate are just some of the themes covered in Torn Together by Emlyn Chand. With a light touch of humor, plenty of emotional angst and likable characters, Ms. Chand drew me into her story about three different generations of women whose experiences together would shape their lives. Set in contemporary times and taking place in both the United States and India, this tale of love and second chances is guaranteed to please.
An aspiring artist, Daly (pronounced like Talley), is struggling to make her dreams come true. Stuck in junior college while trying to improve her G.P.A. and get a coveted scholarship to art school, she lives at home with her distant mother. The only highlight in Daly's life is her relationship with her boyfriend, that is until she catches him with another girl. Still mourning her father's death ten years prior, Daly knows she's a magnet for nothing but sorrow. Pushed into making the acquaintanceship of a young pregnant teen her mother's trying to help, Daly soon finds herself charmed by this young woman who's trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Meeting an attractive Indian man and falling in love convinces Daly her life is finally going in the right direction.
Laine, Daly's mother, is a widow still struggling with the loss of her husband. Unable to deal with her sorrow, she's let her relationship with her daughter become strained and isn't sure she knows how to repair the damage. While her own relationships have issues, the one thing Laine can count on is her ability to do her job as a social worker. Determined to help pregnant twelve year old Meghan prepare for impending motherhood, Laine soon finds herself being the one taught lessons in life.
Kashi, a young pharmacist, has a simple outlook on life, if someone is meant to be in your life, you'll meet them three times. While he's instantly attracted to Daly, he refuses to ask her out until they've met by accident three times. Luckily for both of them, fate does plan for them to be involved. As Kashi and Daly spend time together, Kashi's positive outlook on life has a transforming effect on Daly's soul. Ms. Chand did a really good job developing their relationship, while physically attracted to each other, they become friends first. While this isn't a romance novel, there is a romance which takes place and which changes the lives of all the characters involved.
Will Daly and Kashi be able to convince his traditional Indian parents their interracial relationship will work? Will Daly and Laine ever become the mother and daughter they once were? And will Meghan, the young pregnant teen wise beyond her years, become the kind of mother she desperately wants to be? You'll have to read Torn Together to find out. I loved it and can't wait to read more of Ms. Chand's work.