Fistful of Love Review – 8.5/10

Reviewed by A.M. Leibowitz – http://bit.ly/2aGUwnb

This is an intense read, but I’m glad I picked this one up. Because there are already social stigmas against LGBTQ+ people, it can be difficult to talk about how communities are affected by intimate partner violence. This book does not mince words, and I think it’s an important story to tell.

Jeya is a compelling narrator, and its easy to be sympathetic toward her. I actually found it harder to like Roman, her best friend who wants to help her leave her abusive girlfriend. I understand his protective nature, but it sometimes felt like he overstepped, and his own anger was obviously difficult for Jeya to manage. I appreciated that Rayne wasn’t a stock villain—she was as complicated as Jeya, and I had sympathy for her as well even while wanting her to get help and stop hurting Jeya.

The only thing holding me back with this book was that a lot of it felt like telling us more back story than we probably needed. I wanted to spend more time in the moment, but there was a lot of extra detail I didn’t find relevant to the specific storyline. I would have liked instead to have more about Jeya’s work, especially with the young woman who came to her for help. Drawing that out in parallel to Jeya’s personal issues would have been compelling.

Despite that, I came away from this feeling like I’d learned something. This is definitely a worthwhile read, and I highly recommend it.

For deep insights, a strong main character, and a good exploration of a sensitive subject, this gets 8.5/10 fountain pens.

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