I've been a bit MIA this week. It's a little crazy around here right now! But I definitely couldn't miss out on sharing my review of Emlyn Chand's insightful novel Torn Together with you guys today (you're going to love this one!).
Here's the scoop:
Torn Together: A Summary
Why does growing up have to be so difficult? Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and--to top it all off--her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals--first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India--her cynicism begins to melt away. Meghann provides insight into Daly's life and an endless stream of good advice, comforting Daly despite her own less fortunate position.
Kashi proves he cares too much about Daly to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi's family in order to seal their "forever."
Will these friendships be enough to turn around Daly's directionless life? Will she move past the hurt and learn to trust again? Or will her mother, once again, ruin everything she's worked so hard to achieve?
Torn Together, Emlyn Chand's first sojourn into Literary New Adult Fiction, weaves a tale of friendship, dreams, and a lingering loss, while illustrating how our similarities often drive us apart.
Torn Together: What I Think
There's something to be said for an author who tackles difficult subjects in a new way, such as teen pregnancy and multicultural relationships. It's not easy to do. But Torn Together gets it right. I thought the subject matter was different enough to stand out but not so outlandish in its twists and turns that I couldn't care about what I was reading. Chand's characters are inherently (and thankfully) flawed, which created this incredible tension I wanted to see resolved. I wanted to keep reading to find out how Meghann's presence within the family dynamic would transform Daly's relationship with her mother (And c'mon? Is there a better character name than Daly English? Love!). And when Kashi comes along and lights up the pages with his colorful personality, I thought to myself, "Hey, this is pretty darn good." Many of the books I've read with similar themes are either so outlandish (while still claiming to be realistic fiction) that I don't believe they could really happen, or are so cliched that I don't actually care if they could. Torn Together is a good marriage for women who love love (Don't we all?) and for any reader who has ever wondered why they can't choose their own family. In other words, Torn Together is a book for just about everyone.
Want to read more? Check out the first chapter here!
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