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96 Words for Love by Rachel  Roy
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As I am not big on reading YA, the story was a bit basic but I am not going to give too a harsh rating. I tried to imagine a younger person reading this and that helped me to relax into the story. I would imagine that future endeavors by this new author will have a bit more substance.

96 Words for Love is really a good coming of age story. Raya is a biracial teen, of Indian and Black heritage. She has just been accepted to UCLA, and is more than anxious. Her ailing grandmother dies. Raya and her cousin Anandi were told that their grandmother left them something very important - in India - but she passed away before she could provide clear details. So, the girls go to India for a few months to spend time searching, and Raya learns a lot during that time.

This book hits on a lot of things. A lot. There is no shortage of serious issues in this book. Raya agrees to spend time in a temple with very strict rules, rules that she disregards more than once. Her sexual conduct was just so highly inappropriate for being at or near a temple, never mind her age, but that might just be the parent in me talking.

Raya was afforded the opportunity to sort her life out before college, thus making choices that would no doubt mold her entire life. Considering that this is a coming-of-age story I think it done fairly well. For many this book will be a hit, for me it was just a bit shy of one.
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February 11, 2019 – Started Reading
February 11, 2019 – Shelved
February 12, 2019 –
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February 13, 2019 – Finished Reading
February 15, 2019 – Shelved as: robin-loves-reading-2019-challenge
February 15, 2019 – Shelved as: robin-loves-reading-52-week-challen
February 15, 2019 – Shelved as: library
February 15, 2019 – Shelved as: kindle
February 15, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-january-march
February 15, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-challenge

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