How do we cope when someone whom we loved with all our heart leaves us forever?
How can we remain hopeful that after we cross the river of sadness, love will find us again on the other side?
This is the story of Ryan and Jane, two lovers hopelessly in love with each other or so they thought until they had to face the first true test of their relationship.
Genre: Fiction/Short Story
Format: Kindle eBook
Price: 79 INR/$ 0.99
My Ratings: 3.9/5
This is a story about a couple who think they are perfect for each other. They’re so engrossed in keeping each other happy, that they forget everyone else around them including those they care about. This short story teaches us that love isn’t always hunky dory and that it takes many things to make a relationship last.
What I liked about the book:
–> Right on the first page it points out that physical beauty doesn’t matter when you truly like a person.
–> It teaches us that just pretending like there are no problems, doesn’t mean there are actually no problems.
–> It leaves an important message that for a girl, her father will always be the man she loves the most and for a boy, a mother will always be the woman he loves the most.
–> Tells us that just because we’re in a relationship or have a partner, we should not forget other relations especially our family and friends.
–> Rightly points out that no matter what our misgivings and however badly we behave with our parents, they’re always ready to welcome us with open arms and that their love is the only one that is unconditional.
–> Through Jane and Ryan’s relationship, we learn how it is important to communicate with our partner and be honest about our feelings. If don’t like something about them, tell them; if you want to counter their point of view, say it and most importantly don’t let your ego come in between the relationship.
What I did not like about the book:
–> I wish there was more to Jane and Ryan as individuals; we only get to know them through their relationship with each other and their parents.
–> It felt like Ryan’s relationship with his mom was written in a more heartwarming way than Jane’s with her father.
–> It was annoying to see that neither Ryan nor Jane spoke up about their true feelings and that none of their friends intervened even after realizing that they were wrong.
–> Sure, he did not have the perfect looks. But for Jane, Ryan was much more than perfect for he had vowed to be with her in good and bad times, to protect her against all harms even if it means putting his own life at stake.
–>’What do you think makes us different from people like Kevin and Tina?’
‘Because we love each other’s imperfections and we together make us perfect.’
–>Remaining single was nowhere near to as easy as they thought it to be. Everywhere they went, they could find only couples, some hugging, some kissing and many others holding hands. And to make matters worse for them, their best friends had fallen hopelessly in love.
–>Of course many men would come into her life with the promise of love and finally she would end up loving one of them for the rest of her life. But there was just one man in her life who had started loving her from the time he waited for her birth and would go on to love her forever. It was her dad.
–>He knows it might be a very long time before he finds someone to love again and that it might be an even longer time before he finds someone who will stay with him for the rest of his life. But until then and even later he had his mom to love him. His first love and undoubtedly the most beautiful woman that he saw in his life.