One thing at the top of my can not stand is a person who cheats. I am empathetic which means I tend to absorb other people’s energy, so hearing different stories from people hurting due to the disloyalty and dishonesty of another person physically makes my temperature rise. Instant anger emerges in me especially knowing the person being cheated on is a good person who doesn’t deserve to be going through such a painful situation. Going into this book I had an idea that it would be about cheating but I had no clue how in depth it would be going into one family’s history of cheating.
So go ahead and pull the trigger why don’t ya Tayari?!?!
This book told the story of two young girls, Dana and Chaurisse, who have the same father. Dana knows they are sisters but Chaurisse doesn’t. The story details the life of each girl, Dana living in the shadows of Chaurisse due to the decisions of her parents keeping their relationship a secret for the sake of the Chaurisse’s family. As predicted, the shit hits the fan and everyone finds out the truth, therefore, we get to read what happens after the truth is exposed.
This story was an okay read to me. I would say it was based on the ideology of the 70s and 80s due to everyone’s part in the situation and how the reactions were once the truth was revealed. It was kind of sad to read a young girl going through life not being able to do the things she wanted to do because her father was a scumbag. My triggered feelings coming out there.
I loved how the author had Dana being in a relationship with someone who treats her similarly to how her father does because it is said that we search for the kind of love we get from our fathers in the men we choose. Hence the women with “daddy issues” because they didn’t have fathers in their lives. I also loved how the author puts Chaurisse through a similar situation in her dating life emphasising the fact that she too dates someone who is similar to her father and doesn’t even know it.
I did not like how no one was as angry as I was. Dana had her angry moments but never did anything I would have done to express this anger. I don’t want to spoil the book for those interested in reading it, but I will say I am angry about how the story ended.
If you are not as easily triggered by cheating or secret lives then I definitely think you may take a liking to this story.