Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

Sonia Patel / May 21, 2019

Jaya and Rasa A Love Story 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 s

  • Title: Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story
  • Author: Sonia Patel
  • ISBN: 9781941026861
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 everSeventeen 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

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    1. 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: rape, eating disorders, alcoholism, abuse, attempted suicideJaya and Rasa follows the stories of the two title characters: the difficulties they face, and the love that blossoms between them despite their circumstances. Jaya is a trans boy of Indian descent, born into a wealthy but dysfunctional family. Rasa is the daughter of a prostitute, and struggles to care for her [...]


    2. 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 wonderdid I really want to read about all of that? You knowx trafficking, rape, drugs, child abandonment? Oh, and parental unacceptance of a teen's gender identity and bulimia? And racial and cultural identity and colonia [...]


    3. Thank you so much, Edelweiss, Cinco Puntos Press and Consortium Books for the advance copyThis 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 where you smile and even laugh: there are very cute moments that will have you "aaaaw-ing" with little effort. But the pain is still there, because you just can't help thinking that, even though some happ [...]


    4. 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 the difference), destructive parents, sex trafficking, gender identity, sexual identity, homelessness.


    5. 3.5 stars*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-triggered asthma would be ok. It had been years since anything happened. I thought I was okay. About several hours after arriving to her place, I started having troubles breathing. It was the most terrifying [...]


    6. 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 about the ending, though, which ruined Jaya for me and Jaya and Rasa's relationship: [trigger warning for suicide, guns](view spoiler)[When Jaya finds out Rasa is sleeping with other men, he immediately j [...]


    7. TW: rape, pedophilia, child prostitution, abuse, bulimia, suicideI 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 from a troubled family. The blurb suggests that this book follows the love story between this unlikely pair. Which if I'm honest, the book doesn't really. Of course, the love story is there. But it doesn [...]


    8. 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 needs to look like on the outside (on the inside, Jaya's father is an adulterer and mother becomes suicidal). Rasa's mother is a disillusioned mess who believes she is some kind of goddess that can control [...]


    9. 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 young adult, because of the amount of mature and possibly triggering content.


    10. Very painful yet real portrayal of troubled teenagers living Hawaii. For my full review and trigger warnings, click here.


    11. @kidlitexchange #partnerThis is a book that will save lives. This is a book that some kids and adults are going to need and I desperately hope this book gets in their hands. Jaya and Rasa is, by no stretch of the imagination, an easy book to read. It is a harrowing experience. This is a story of people who society has pushed out of sight for its own convenience and I am thankful Sonia Patel took on putting this story back into the light. To those who may ask whether or not all the issues are rea [...]


    12. Jaya and Rasa was not quite what I expected. I thought it would be more of Jaya and Rasa together, but the majority of the book tells the stories of their lives before they even meet. They are important stories that deserve to be told- it's just not what I was expecting.I enjoyed the writing and the characters, but as I write this review a couple weeks later I already don't recall how it ended or many details. Keep in mind that I am a 38 year old cis white woman, and although I love LGBTQ fictio [...]


    13. I thought this book was pretty fantastic. Each chapter switched between the characters of Jaya, a 17-year-old transgender youth, and Rasa, a young woman of mixed ethnicity who turns to prostitution in order to care for her younger siblings when her mother abandons them. The characters were wonderful - kind, generous and loyal - and each tried to live life as best they could under the situations they found themselves in, which were heartbreaking and disgusting.


    14. A challenging honest book. A story of the complexity of life and finding your own way when the adults in your life are horrible examples. This book is for mature young adults (and covers possibly triggering concepts) but which is relatable for many young adults.


    15. Oh, man. Where do I start? [ THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ]I wanted to like this book, I really did. I'm always happy to find new YA with trans male protagonists, but I went into this with a grain of salt since (from what I can tell) the author is cis. And my gut reaction was pretty fair, since there were numerous times where reading this book as a trans reader felt deeply uncomfortable and downright dysphoric for me. The problem is that the things that upset me (introducing Jaya, a trans guy, [...]


    16. Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I finished this one in one sitting. It addresses so many issues and will start so many conversations between readers. Child sex trafficking, rape, eating disorders, alcoholism, attempted suicide this is a MATURE YA. Jaya comes from a traditional Gujarati family but has to hide his true self from his parents. As a transgender boy, Patel does a great job handling pronouns, the inner turmoil Jaya feels [...]


    17. 3.25 Stars I think this book is lovely and definitely worth purchasing. From the heart breaking yet gorgeous stories of both these teenagers to the abundant discussion raised through this novel. Jaya and Rasa is one to read. I love Sonia Patel after reading this book, because her soul is vibrant and evident through her work. I loved both these characters, the exploration of their upbringings was really eye opening for me, and enjoyable to read because it made me feel so much. There was this beau [...]


    18. Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of the book - all opinions are my own. Wow. This book was intense. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it was pretty difficult to read. It’s one of those books that really draws you in and makes you take a good hard look at what’s going on in the lives of people around you. Patel didn’t sugarcoat the struggles of her characters, which, unfortunately, are the struggles of many teens around the world. As difficult and horrible [...]


    19. Wow, this was an intense read. And there was a lot going on here. A lot. And while I am appreciative of Patel tackling several tough topics, I felt like the ending was rushed and unsatisfactory, and some of the loose ends drove me nuts. Not to spoil anything, but what happened to Rasa's siblings? Especially her younger brother. I also felt like I got to know Rasa much better than Jaya, and I would have liked to feel more of a connection to Jaya. Things I liked? I did love the range of diverse ch [...]


    20. Holy Guacamole talk about devouring a book and feeling so unbelievably heart broken that it was over. I did not want this to end but at the same time I found myself begging for some sort of closure to this crazy heartbreaking roller coaster of a plot. It is written with so much emotion that it is almost raw and shocking when you read the words that are on the page but it also has so much heart. This book is so great because it deals with so many major important issues but it's also in this beaut [...]


    21. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars for Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story. This powerful mature YA was an incredible un-put-down-able read! ▪️Rasa is struggling to survive and provide for her siblings in the place of her mother, who is a neglectful sex worker. With her mother’s increasing absences, Rasa realizes she must also turn tricks to provide for the family, and eventually falls under the control of a ruthless pimp. Jaya’s parents are extremely wealthy and is well provided for, although his paren [...]


    22. Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of Thai book. All opinions are my own.•⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this raw matte YA story about two characters who meet and fall in love against all odds. Set against the lush backdrop of Hawaii, Jaya’s wealthy, traditional family refuses to see him for who he is. Biologically a female, Jaya’s parents want him to grow his hair, act like a woman, and find a suitable husband. Rasa, however, is from the other end of the spectru [...]


    23. At times this book was heavy, and at other times lighthearted. There were moments of music bonding juxtaposed with moments of abuse. (TW: abuse, homophobia, suicide attempts, eating disorders, drugs) Patel deals with some complex issues and those don't even include immigration, sexuality, or family. There is diverse rep here and #ownvoices for Jaya's culture, not to mention a transgender character, and a multi-racial character of Rasa. But at the heart of this book is a love story - just like th [...]


    24. I read this book in one sitting. I physically could not put it down even though it was painful to read. Jaya may come from wealth and economic security, but this book reminds the reader that economic security does not mean emotional security. Rasa has a much rougher home life, but both characters are suffering from a lack of attention. Both have also been forced to grow up too quickly and take on adult responsibilities as children. This captivating, heartbreaking story addresses alcohol and drug [...]


    25. A young Trans Boy, Jaya, tries to embrace himself, while his traditional Indian family thinks he is going through the phase of rebellious teenager. His only friend is a native from the islands who is the perfect student and athlete, and is also gay. His home life is a double life. His father is an alcoholic, who hates the natives and constantly cheats on Jays's mother. His mother is a beautiful, but little to her guests at her lavish house gathers know that she is suicidal and a binge eater. At [...]


    26. Review is here, sorry it took so long.Another excellent piece of work from Sonia Patel! I couldn't get enough of the Nirvana references, for one. I love that she always encompasses great music. But also, the way Patel writes always makes me want to learn more. She is so vivid and descriptive, and I looked up every destination only to find that my mind matched the picture, so great job there. I loved Jaya. I think the emotional rollercoaster he was experiencing was vivid and a reality for so many [...]


    27. This is a love story set on Oahu, between a wealthy trans boy of Gujarati descent and a poor girl of Brazilian descent. This book is radiant and strong, but it is scary at times. The trials these two characters go through are harrowing, and the ending left me wanting more. I'm grateful to Sonia Patel for writing this book. It's definitely one of my favorite y/a novels that I've read this year.


    28. It's nice to find a somewhat intersectional book in YA, but I wasn't really feeling this one. It wasn't bad, but I didn't find the characters to be very compelling, and I read it in about an hour. That's not always a good thing.


    29. This book deeply moved me. There were times I felt intense sadness and times I laughed out loud. The book is simply, yet powerfully written. I felt connected with both Jaya and Rasa, and cherished their budding love. This is my favorite book this year.


    30. ARC review. Lovely, heartbreaking story. Realistic dialogue, esp when Jaya reveals to Rasa he's trans. Life isn't a fairy tale for many people and so I appreciate reading stories that aren't fairy tales.


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