#TLCBookTour Review: America For Beginners

August 13, 2019 Uncategorized 2 ★★★★

#TLCBookTour Review: America For BeginnersTitle: America for Beginners
Author: Leah Franqui
Source: TLC Book Tours

Summary: This was heart-warming read, without being overly neat.

“Pival Sengupta has done something she never expected: she has booked a trip with the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company. ..Traveling thousands of miles from Kolkota to New York on a cross-country journey to California … she hopes to uncover the truth about her beloved son, Rahi. A year ago Rahi devastated his very traditional parents when he told them he was gay. Then, Pival’s husband, Ram, told her that their son had died suddenly—heartbreaking news she still refuses to accept.” (source) She will make the trip accompanied by first-time guide Satya and a companion hired to protect Pival’s modesty, aspiring actress Rebecca. The experience will cause all three of them to see themselves, their countries, and their families in new ways.

I picked this up when I was in the mood for a heart-warming read and it fit the bill perfectly. It was such a lovely, enjoyable read that I almost forgot to take notes! I just had so much fun getting to know the characters. They came from very different backgrounds and each had their own prejudices and blind spots. The tour puts them in forced proximity with one another, making them each confront their biases and teaching all of them new things.

Satya thinks about Rebecca in a rather creepy way. This wasn’t addressed as clearly as I’d have liked. His story also is left the most unresolved, enough that it bothered me. For Rebecca and Pival, though, I appreciated that the ending was hopeful without resolving everything too neatly.  I particularly loved Pival’s characters. There were several scenes focused on her which made me weepy. It was delightful to see her start to direct her own life and have new experiences.

For other opinions, check out the other stops on the TLC Book Tour and for info, visit publisher Harper Collins.

2 Responses to “#TLCBookTour Review: America For Beginners”

  1. Sara

    I really want to read this solely for the cover, but the story as a whole is completely intriguing. I can’t imagine what it would be like to come to America, knowing very little about it, and traveling from one side to the other. Anyways- I’m glad you liked this one because this makes me more excited to read it. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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