Turquoise: A Love Story by Ayshe Talay-Ongan
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Paperback: 441 Pages
Paperback: 441 Pages
Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
Released On: February 2012
Source: Armchair BEA Giveaway
Turquoise starts out with the insta-love that I expected from reading the synopsis. But I also expected some sort of development between Yas and Renan, which I didn't get much of. They bond over telling stories of their past, and that's pretty much it.
What I liked about this book was that it talks about how sometimes we as humans can't help but fall in love with the wrong people, maybe even during the wrong time. Yas just so happens to fall in love with Renan, who is her friend, Ani's, husband. They also just happen to come from two different cultures who are currently sort of at war with each other. However, they were oblivious to cultural differences as classmates, and now they just didn't care.
Now here comes the bad part of it. Like I said before, she falls in love with her friend's husband, and right after the whole melting under his green eyes thing, she goes ahead and starts daydreaming about him kissing her, caressing her. HONESTLY, that guy is your friend's husband, they have a child too ! Also, she experienced a similar thing when she was a child when her dad went off with a woman for a while. If it tore her apart, I don't get why she would do the same to a FRIEND'S family.
Afterwards, Renan and Ani move to Sydney, and Yasmin is so devastated she has to move to the States. She gets there and meets a Stanford professor who's name is Curlewis. Guess what ? They shorten it into Curly. CURLY. Now, I'm not sure about you, but when someone's name is Curly, I get the image of a man with curly, brimming chest hair, a curly beard, and curly long hair. That she so happens to MARRY, for SECURITY AND STABILITY. She fights with him pretty much everyday, but nope, she goes ahead and MARRIES HIM. Who does that ?
I just had a lot of problems with the book. I couldn't relate to the main character at all. Nothing really pulled me in, and even though the emotions are real in here, it didn't FEEL real. It felt like the book just wasn't developed enough to have those deep feelings. The cover says "A Love Story", but all I got was a story.