Friday, January 13, 2017

Lucky BoyLucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Sometimes the things that happen can be changed. Sometimes they cannot. Which time is this?”

A heart-pounding important story that made my head spin with thoughtful pondering about current issues.

A very strong theme is this book was the timely topic of immigration, and the different stories out there and recognize those differences. Both of these characters were immigrants of from an immigrant family, therefore this was a topic that was of personal interest to them. The character of Soli seemed so realistic and the experience is so raw that I couldn’t look away and ignore what type of injustices and discrimination was being played out for her. Personally, I was rooting for Soli the whole time and because the author provided a solid backstory, we could understand her motivations more.

Mother’s love is such a powerful thing that is central to this story. Many times I was just in awe and wonder of the things that mothers have to do, alone, to get their child to the best possible place with them that they can. For me, this was a touching study of what it means to be a mother who desperately loves her child so much that she would move the world for him.

Ahh, I can't believe how many emotions I went through reading this story of an illegal immigrant with a son that she desperately loved but was placed in foster care. We are presented with two women, both who throughout the stories becomes the mother to this "lucky boy" Ignacio. I was so torn between what I wanted the ending to be, although the author gave plenty of clues and foreshadowing as to what would happen in the end. There are alternative POVs between Kavya and Soli and also the secondary character Rishi.

Well, we know that the author did her research and this story is actually based on a story that actually happened, which I find interesting to see what kinds of things are a source of inspiration. There are Mexicans and Indians that are part of the various characters identity, and my little heart was overjoyed that this diverse book that was written by an ownvoices author is being published. I'm so thankful that I got to read this deeply insightful story.

**Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinion are my own.**

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