Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Jaya and Rasa, by Sonia Patel
The romance that develops between these two young people is threatened from the start, both internally (from miscommunication) and externally (from Jaya's parents and Rasa's abusive pimp). That provides plenty of drama, but the novel never really gels. The story telling is functional but not very engrossing. What makes the story compelling is the unusual characters, especially Rasa (Jaya's issues -- mostly peer and family -- are obviously more familiar territory). But ultimately great characters are defeated by a clunky narrative.