Top positive review
loss, guidance, love, grief
Reviewed in India on 3 December 2020
The story is of two sisters – Camino and Yahaira. Camino lives in Dominican Republic while Yahaira lives in New York City. The two have never met, yet they share a father, their Papi. A father who cares for both of them, yet keeps his two lives separate. While he makes sure to give all he can to both of them, the protective cover he has made for himself breaks apart after he dies in flight – flying from New York City to the Dominican Republic.
The loss of a parent leaves a void that can never be filled. But when you realise the magnitude of the secrets that parent kept from you, it’s a whole other pandora’s box
The book is a complex blend of loss, guidance, love, grief, playing them among community factors of nationalities and races. The overall theme of the book is simple – you take on reality as you get it.
As always, Acevedo’s writing doesn’t disappoint. The book is written in verse and poetry, undoubtedly, brings out the darkest and deepest of emotions. The book is one giant swirl into oblivion with no idea what is coming next.
Grab those tissues, folks! The waterworks don’t stop in this one.