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Hey guys. Third post in a week. Yay!🤩 I hope you’re doing great.
Today, I’d be reviewing a book I read 2 weeks ago. It was a fun read, emotional and mostly annoying but what good is a book if it isn’t any of that?
Book Title: The Trouble With Hating You
Author: Sajni Patel
Release Date: 12 May 2020
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy debut about first impressions, second chances, and finding the love of your life in the most unexpected way. Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she’s out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later — the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What’s not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.
Jay Shah looks good on paper…and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He’s also arrogant and infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?
Liya Thakkar is a strong, opinionated woman. She’s fierce in every sense of the word but is the sweetest person when you get to know her. Liya’s family have been pressuring her to get married for a long time. Her mother sends her photos of a man she thinks is the right choice for Liya. Her parents then invited her over to their house, under the guise of having dinner together which was rare and when Liya found out it was a set up just to meet the man they’ve been asking her to give a chance, she made a run for it, literally but body slammed into the man so how’s that for a first meeting? Liya being Liya wasn’t pleased and was rude to him. When she went to work later, she finds out he’s a lawyer who’ve been appointed to save their company from closing down.
From that moment on, it’s been back and forth bickering between the both of them. I actually liked it because I was craving that enemies to lover kind of story at that time. Liya and her girlfriends’ friendship made the book bearable for me because asides the romance, everything else was frustrating. Liya’s been slut shamed and ridiculed for a long time in her India community in Houston and all she’s ever wanted is to leave the city. Whenever there’s a gathering and she appears there, the aunties and uncles would start to whisper and point fingers at her. Wild rumors about her circulate the community on a daily basis and even though Liya appeared to be nonchalant towards them and put up a strong face, deep down, they hurt her and it was her girlfriends (and Jay later on) who made it tolerable for her.
This book has a strong theme of coping with trauma, with references to death and sexual assault which are a bit triggering, I wish I read the introduction earlier. I thought it was going to be like any other romance book but I was wrong. I liked how Jay and Liya helped each other deal with their past in a way that didn’t make them to be too dependent on each other.
I liked that the book didn’t entirely focus on the romance, while I wish they could have explored that bit a little more, I enjoyed it. I liked the women’s friendship in the book, it made me miss my friends more. The dry humor in the book was er, I think they were trying too hard at it, it didn’t feel natural to me. Some parts were frustrating as hell and made me want to scream, I groaned and rubbed my eyeballs though. The gender discrimination, slut shaming, verbal/domestic abuse and victim blaming were more frustrating and annoying than heartbreaking. I feel like the characters would have handle it better in other ways. It was a good book nonetheless, romance wasn’t as steamy as I like my romance but it was fine. Oh, and I took a liking to one of Liya’s friends, if the author is going to write a book about her, I’m definitely going to read it. I like the way the book was written and didn’t only focus on the main characters, the side characters also got to shine which I’m thankful for because I’m really dying to read a book about Liya’s friend, Preeti.
I know the book looks like it’s got a lot to unpack but if you think it’s something that might interest you, check it out.
What have you been reading lately? Does this book look like something you’d check out? Let me know😬.
Thanks for reading.
I hope you’re being safe❤.