A couple days ago I shared that I recently created a new Goodreads shelf for books I did not finish. Unfortunately, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev ended up being added to that shelf.
Below is why I couldn’t connect with this book and what ultimately made me stop reading, with some spoilers.
The family history at the beginning was a little hard for me to follow, but essentially Trisha Raje comes from a wealthy family (I couldn’t figure out if they were actually royalty or just as wealthy as royalty) in India, and immigrated to the U.S. before she was born.
The Raje family is doing anything and everything to support Trisha’s brother Yash and his political career, meanwhile Trisha is treated like the ugly stepsister. She is not respected or trusted by her family, for reasons that are not revealed until well over two hundred pages into the story.
I wish the reason for Trisha’s estrangement from her family was revealed sooner. It was this Big Secret hanging over every page, every interaction with her family, and the reader is completely in the dark the entire time.
The real reason why I wanted to know the Big Secret sooner is because I found both Trisha and her family’s behavior to be immature and unlikeable and I needed a legitimate reason as to why they were acting this way in order to continue reading. Without the reason, they quickly became a cast of characters I didn’t like, and that is never a good thing.
The other half of the story surrounds Trisha and D.J. Caine, the older brother of one of Trisha’s patients. It is assumed that they will have a romance, but I didn’t get that far enough into the book to see it actually happen. I expected Trisha and D.J. to have more compassion towards one another. They have a lot in common as far as issues with family dynamics and personal challenges with being taken seriously by others not in their career fields. Yet they are extremely judgmental of one another straight out of the gate. It was unpleasant to read. I can handle a little flirty dislike at the beginning of two character’s romantic story, but this was too much. Since I didn’t see their behavior as being a nice or healthy build-up to a romance, it didn’t compel me to continue reading further.
I really want to love and praise all the #diversebooks I come across. The premise for this book is intriguing and I have no doubt it will find a home in the heart of some readers out there, especially since it appears to be the start of a series. I just couldn’t see past these issues so I chose not to finish.