AUTHOR: Shanthi Sekaran
FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and dazed with optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.
Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents’ chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya’s mid-thirties. When she can’t get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya’s care. As Kavya learns to be a mother–the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being–she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.
*I would like to thank Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of this book for review.
This doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*
First of all, this isn’t technically a YA book, so I really had no idea how my reading experience would go. I thought it would really take me a lot of time (like a month?) before I finish reading this because it’s just difficult switching to a new genre when you’re a YA fanatic. Plus the fact that this book is discussing an important and a relevant matter about illegal immigrants.
I finished reading this in one week and as much as I didn’t want to stop reading it, I had to because of our thesis. Every chapter was mind boggling though the first 80 pages were a bit slow for me probably because I was adjusting with this kind of writing style. Once you finally get used to Shanthi’s writing style, the story will really touch your heart. That feeling when your eyes are really tired, but no one can stop you from reading the next chapter because it was really THAT good. It was somehow a personal story because one of my grandmother’s brothers went to the United States a long time ago, but I believe he’s undocumented that’s why he never came back to the Philippines since he went there. He never contacted my grandmother since then and no one knows where he is right now to be honest. If he comes back or gets caught, he’ll definitely face the consequences.
I should say that Lucky Boy REALLY is a phenomenal book. Everyone should read it because this isn’t just a book, it’s happening in real life and we need to know how important this matter is. Sometimes, there are inexplicable reasons why good people do bad things. This book will definitely clarify some things about illegal immigrants. Hands down to Shanthi Sekaran!