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The US High School background added extra interest for me, a Brit. Some of the teens are highly talented at sport and I enjoyed these parts of the story as well. I also found Edy's mother a fascinating character... the family meeting....although she couldn't be in any way commended for her mothering skills.
A fast paced and absorbing read with a surprise ending. Which left me hoping for a further book. Well done Shewanda Pugh.
Love Edy is driven by its two main characters, Nassan and Edy and their evolving relationship. The story begins at the end of Edy's fourteenth year and ends as she turns sixteen. Despite the fact that the best friends are relatively young in age, the passion between them is intense and the emotions they communicate are more mature than some adults.
The Phelps and Pradhan families have known each other for years and Edy and Nassan have grown up closer than most siblings. They are certainly not meant to fall in love, especially as Nassan is already betrothed to a traditional Hindu girl. Yet in a sense Shewanda Pugh allows her reader to see that actually their love is inevitable. The third person narrator mainly concentrates on the events in Edy's life and her desperate attempt to deny her feelings, but we are also given a glimpse into Nassan's head. Nassan acknowledges that Edy is changing, physically as well as emotionally and as her new friendship with Wyatt develops, Nassan's jealousy increases. As the star football player at school he has girls throwing themselves at his feet and though they provide him with a distraction, he realizes that there is only one girl for him.
The strength of the desire for each other causes both Edy and Nassan to cross the boundaries their cultures and their parents have set for them, between what SHOULD be and what IS. As readers we have to acknowledge not only their bravery, but that love transcends religion, race and rules.
Shewanda Pugh creates several secondary characters who either help or hinder the young couple. First there is Bean, who is also finding his own identity and I would like to have seen him developed further.
The three Dyson brothers have grown up with Nassan and Edy and are as protective of her as they would be their own sister. They provide much of the humor in this novel, but I think their characters are stereotyped as the high-school jocks.
Wyatt is someone I immediately mistrusted and as he tries to 'claim' Edy, this feeling only grew, although I was unprepared for his later story-line.
Shewanda Pugh's story not only provides a voice for a minority in the Young Adult contemporary romance genre, but Love Edy is well-told with an ending which leaves us thinking 'What the hell'!!!!
I can't wait for Bittersweet.
I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
Edy (Edith) Phelps is an interesting character. She is a youngster of 14 years old, turning 15 when we first meet her. She is a typical teen: a little selfish, judgmental of her peers and extremely sheltered. I liked her, but wanted to shake her at times, especially when she did something or said something that she didn't mean. It was a bit painful watching this character grow up at times, because she had a habit of whining. However, what teen doesn't whine?
Hassan Pradhan is another interesting character. I liked him a lot. He is very protective of Edy, since they had been friends since they were babies. He has a great sense on humour and is a fantastic guy. I loved watching him grapple with his feelings for Edy, whilst trying to keep his friends and other boys from pursuing her.
This is an intriguing coming of age tale. I was completely hooked! The story is told through three character's points of view: Edy, Hassan and Wyatt. I loved seeing the world through their eyes. In a way, this story reminded me of my own teenage years. And, although my experiences were completely different, I can remember watching my peers as they experimented with drink and sex, whilst dealing with puberty and self image. It was interesting watching how Edy, Hassan, Wyatt and the other characters coped with the emotions and everyday issues of being a teen.
I also loved meeting Mason and Matt Dyson. They are twins and best friends with Edy and Hassan, along with their younger brother Lawrence. These three boys are just as protective of Edy, who they see as their sister, even though they are not related. All of these characters, apart from Wyatt come from privileged backgrounds, so they have a bit of a superiority complex at times. Wyatt has his own issues, but has a dark side that surprised me when it was revealed.
This story is full of teenage angst, fragile egos and sweet romance. I loved watching the romance bloom between Edy and Hassan, but wondered if they were destined to be together, or if fate and/or tradition had other ideas. The story ends on an action packed cliffhanger, which left me wanting to find out what happens next.
Shewanda Pugh has written an intriguing multi-racial coming of age tale. I love her writing style, which is not particularly fast paced, but extremely entertaining. The flow of the story was wonderful too. I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.
Due to the mention of underage drinking (shown) and sex (implied & not shown), I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 15. However, I recommend this book if you love YA contemporary romance. - Lynn Worton
Edy and Hassan are best friends and so are their parents, they have feeling for each other but can't act on these feelings due to the fact that Hassan will eventually marry a girl who his parents have chosen for him.
Edy blames her parents for a lot of her problems that go on in her life but the fact is she is a wealthy spoiled girl with a negative outlook she should look deeper as to why she acts the way she does instead of laying the blame with everyone else.
Love Edy is a beautiful read due to the authors style of writing, her attention to developing her characters is outstanding as is her attention to detail and this shone through within the book.
Although I couldn't connect to the characters myself due to their age and all the teenage angst that goes with it, I feel that other YA readers would enjoy the story as it is written beautifully and the storyline is good.
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