Read Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story Online Free - Seventeen-year-old Jaya Mehta detests wealth, secrets, and privilege, though he has them all. His family is Indian, originally from Gujarat. Rasa Santos, like many in Hawaii, is of mixed ethnicity. All she has are siblings, three of them, plus a mother who controls men like a black widow spider and leaves her children whenever she wants to. Neither Jaya nor Rasa have ever known real love or close family―not until their chance meeting one sunny day on a mountain in Hau’ula.
The unlikely love that blooms between them must survive the stranglehold their respective pasts have on them. Each of their present identities has been shaped by years of extreme family struggles. By the time they cross paths, Jaya is a transgender outsider with depressive tendencies and the stunningly beautiful Rasa thinks sex is her only power until a violent pimp takes over her life. Will their love transcend and pull them forward, or will they remain stuck and separate in the chaos of their pasts?
|Title||:||Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
August 23, 2017
So…I have a lot of emotions about this book. This is a unique, diverse love story, and it’s unlike any I’ve read before.
tw: rape, eating disorders, alcoholism, abuse, attempted suicide
Jaya and Rasa follows the stories of the two title characters: the difficulties they face, and the love that blos...
August 07, 2017
Powerful, raw and completely unfiltered mature YA that deals with incredibly complex topics
Thanks to Cinco Punto Press for providing me with an advance copy for review - all opinions are my own.
This is a BOOK. You know, the kind of book that gets under your skin and makes you wonder.....did I...
October 19, 2017
Thank you so much, Edelweiss, Cinco Puntos Press and Consortium Books for the advance copy
This was a wonderful book.
The story is basically the equivalent of a punch in the gut that never stops; it's basically a general state of pain. To be fair, there are plenty of happy times, there are times w...
August 05, 2017
I enjoyed this book so much and cannot wait to pass it on to the teens in my library. I know they are going to love Jaya and Rasa as much as I did. I would recommend it for all teen collections. This book includes diverse characters, struggles of being a first-generation American, love/sex (and t...
October 30, 2017
*Please read an extensive trigger warning list in the end of the review*
I used to have asthma when I was a kid, it got better when I grew up. However, I had an episode couple of years ago. I was in other city and I was visiting my friend. She had a cat and a dog. I though my allergy-trig...
August 27, 2017
TW: rape, pedophilia, child prostitution, abuse, bulimia, suicide
I really wanted to love this book, so it's unfortunate that there was too much in it that I just didn't like.
It had a very promising premise. The interweaving stories of a young, Indian trans boy, and a working class Hawaiian girl...
January 28, 2018
This was a four star read for me until the ending. Obviously, this is dealing with traumatic, horrific life experiences, but they're told in a simple writing style which kept me hooked. I can't speak to any of the representation, since I'm cis and white. I do think it's especially worth warning a...
August 07, 2017
This is a heavy one like Such a Pretty Girl and Dime, focusing on sexual abuse and prostitution with a second vivid character, a richer trans character whose family is so dysfunctional that Jaya's sexuality is "just another thing" and generally covered up for the "beauty" of what their family nee...
September 29, 2017
This book clearly had a lot of potential, but the writing felt forced and there was so much drama that it quickly started feeling like the author had a list of horrible things that should happen and was trying to tick off as many as possible. I sincerely question the labelling of this book as you...
July 25, 2017
Very painful yet real portrayal of troubled teenagers living Hawaii. For my full review and trigger warnings, click here.