Girls Burn Brighter by Shoba Rao was a novel that I could not wait to read. In fact, this was the first time in the entire reading challenge that I did not wait for a book to become available at the library and instead ordered my own copy. It is extremely rare for me to order a book in hard copy because of the cost, and also I’m running out of storage space at home, but I bent the rule this time.
The reason I was so keen to read the book was in part due to the advanced praise and recommendations, but mostly because of a short story I had read by the author called Kavitha and Mustafa. Unfortunately, this book did not hit the mark for me, it was a big disappointment.
It’s a story about two girls – Poornima and Savitha. The story follows their friendship from a small village in India, through numerous tragedies and unthinkable abuse, finally ending in Seattle. While it starts out strong, by about a quarter of the way in the story starts to fall apart. There are so many conflicting plot lines, unbelievable (not in a good way) coincidences, and the ending was one of the biggest let downs ever for me in a book.
Guys, I hate sharing this review with you. It’s been my policy not to share negative reviews on the blog ever, but because I’ve made a commitment to share a review of every book in the challenge I had to. I truly hope that I’ll get to read something from this author in the future that I enjoy, but this book I can’t recommend.