Title: Lucky Boy
Author: Shanthi Sekaran
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Published January 10th 2017 by 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.
Huge thanks to the Penguin Random House International team for sending an ARC of this book. This will not affect nor influence my review!
I have mixed feelings towards this book! To be honest I recently had a bad experience with a book concerning about the borderline between the US and Mexico where the story wasn’t good at all that left me trying to avoid books with the same feel to it. BUT luckily this was one different!
The plot of Lucky Boy was quite interesting that it made me want to read it more but somehow the writing style of the author didn’t make me feel engaged with the story at first, it took me a little while to fully embrace the story. I have to say that what I liked about her writing style is how she tells a story that is worth telling especially in today’s time. The current issues that was brought out by this novel; (illegal)immigration is very relevant nowadays especially in the US and sexual assaults(rape) were also present in this book. There is no joke when it comes to writing novels that talks about certain issues because it might create a huge misunderstanding between certain parties but I can tell you that the author did an impressive way of writing it in a meaningful way.
Lucky Boy is about two women, Soli, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who went on a very perilous journey just to make it to the New World but little did she know it was going to be tough for her, being pregnant in a country where there wasn’t assurance that she was going to have a stable life. She was pregnant with a baby boy named Ignacio which she later called “Nacho”. This gripping story wouldn’t be complete without Kavya and Rishi’s characters. Kavya was so desperate to have a baby, after trying so hard to have one it seems that there is no luck for them.Everything they did didn’t work out to the point that she’s pressuring herself and her husband too much.
The emotions that this book made me feel was indeed indescribable. The feeling of being lost and the feeling of yearning for something you just can’t have is like watching your life go into a never ending cycle of emptiness.
If you’re having second thoughts about this book, take the risk! Things turn out to be great when you least expect them to be. I highly recommend this!