Publisher: RedDoor Publishing, Release Date: August 01, 2019
About the book:
‘Considering all the things we did during our brief spell in Somerset that should have got us into trouble, it’s ironic that the act which did cause the police to come looking for us was an accident.’
It’s the early 1990s. Vic is twenty, naive and drifting – grappling with his mixed Indian-Jewish heritage. When he meets Yvonne – activist, hedonist, social justice warrior – his life changes in ways he could never have imagined. They travel together from Leeds to London to New York. While Vic navigates fast-paced restaurant scenes, Yvonne ventures into the world of underground political music and tensions begin to rise. What begins as hedonistic traveling and young romance soon takes a darker turn as the racist underbelly of society is exposed with violent and fatal outcomes.
What I think: If there’s a story that goes to show that people can indeed surprise you, then this right here would be one of those that I mention. We follow Vik and Yvonne from London to New York, and their struggles with finding meaning, acceptance and love in tumultuous times makes for an interesting read. However, what personally stood out for me was the growth that was evident in Vik’s life and his perception of the racism and hurdles he encountered in his work.
It’s as engaging as it is melancholic, but one thing is certain, any reader is bound to grow with the characters at some point in the book, whether it’s for good or for the worse, that’s not in my place to tell. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.
PS: Oh, the ending! If there’s anything that threw me off guard, it’s got to be one word “Hello?”