My name is Rachel. I’m straight . . . I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.
My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari’s kindness and calmness rubs off on me, that’d be a bonus, because I’m a mess — anorexia is not a pretty word — and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren’t working anymore.
I dare you to find a more unique plot around today. I have to say I want to bow at the feet of this author for not only coming up with this story line and characters, but to weave the words together so brilliantly, it evokes emotions from the reader to the point of never wanting to let go of Rachel. I liked Pari, but my heart broke, healed, celebrated and yes even paced once in a while for Rachel as she found herself in a new world that could offer everything she needs in life, yet steal who she thought she was in her soul.
So as not to risk spoiling this beautiful story for you, let me give you the highlights that drew me to this author and characters like a bug to the light. Pari needed to marry someone and obtain a green card, as a joke Rachel agreed to do it. Soon after the offer was on the table, Rachel realized she would be a fool to turn down the money that could free her from the load debt she was drowning in.
Sounds great right? But what is about to unfold, the truth we learn about Rachel and how she sees her body will rip you apart. As Rachel begins to wonder what her sexuality is, Pari is firm in her belief that this was an “arranged” marriage if you will. Pari seemed very self-centered to me when it came to realizing the true feelings and struggles that Rachel was enduring, but as the story went on, I began to want this to work for them, for it to become real and mean something. I wanted Rachel to finally find that piece of her puzzle that she didn’t know she wanted.
This book is so beautifully written, with a meaning and substance I would want everyone to read it. We all need to witness the journey of finding ourselves, letting go of the false truths we hold on to and allow our hearts to soar with love and acceptance, but I am afraid if you are turned away from f/f relationships, you will be missing out on a jewel of a book here.