Author: Nell Freudenberger
Published: 2003 by Harper Perennial
Page Count: 222
Received: ARCycling for an honest review
Synopsis: (Found at Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/87992.Lucky_Girls)
These five stories follow young women living far from home, coping with new and often unfamiliar rules, as they confront the compelling circumstances of adult love. The rich, unforgettable tales in this collection, set in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent, showcase a writer of exceptional talent, one of today's most gifted and exciting young voices.
I probably should have paid attention when reading the synopsis because I did not realize it was 5 short stories. I was hoping this was going to be one of those quick easy reads but instead I got smacked with young woman facing some pretty difficult situations.
Story 1: Okay I tried very hard to look past that there had to be a huge age difference between the girl and guy but it was too difficult. I wanted to punch Arun`s mother whether tradition allowed that or not I didn’t care. Sure she was Arun`s mistress but keeping someone away from a loved one when they should be by their side is not justifiable.
When a guy hits you whether it be your boyfriend, spouse, father or significant other you walk away. Do not go back to them because chances are they will do it again. This was one of those stories that I had to skim over because Mandy made me furious.
The other three books seemed similar just with the girls names and location is what changed. Book One is what I really liked. After reading some reviews on Amazon and GoodReads I think a lot of people missed the point Nell was trying to make.
It doesn`t matter what your background is the situation is the same and people have to deal with it in similar ways.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 3/5 out of the 5 stories I really liked just one of them.
Characters: 5/5 these are all relatable women.
Cover: 4/5 Very plan, could have shown the girls maybe.