on September 13th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Meena Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She’s in her senior year at Stanford where she’ll graduate summa cum laude, and then she'll begin her interviews…her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she’s never questioned that she’ll have an arranged marriage like all the generations before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan’s sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn’t know were possible outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s charming and has the uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation makes no sense in the real world.
Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small at first—to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve the ultimate equation to find happiness.
Stacia and Alexis say…
Stacia: Every time I pick up a MK Schiller book, I’m reminded why I am such a huge fan of hers. Her writing is just SO good! Not only does she have the reader invested in the characters within the first few pages, but she also has this humor to her writing that literally has me laughing out loud throughout her books.
Alexis: Stacia…I completely agree with you. I am always so excited to hear when MK has a new book coming out. I love everything about her books, the writing (superb), the wittiness, the heart flutters, and oh…the love scenes are just fantastic. Swoon!
“Ethan Callahan, the boy who sat in the back row of Advanced Statistics… I only saw him enter and exit the classroom. I wanted to see him enter and exit other things…like me.”
Stacia: Meena had her whole future pretty much laid out for her. She would graduate college, get a great job, and then per her parents’ wishes (and in honor of her brother) marry someone from her culture. It might sound old fashioned, but this is how things were done and basically it’s her destiny.
Ethan Callahan is the ultimate catch; smart, good looking, carefree, and funny. When he notices Meena, he wants to learn more and when she rejects him, he just pushes hard to get to know her and become her friend.
“I’m friend number three, and I always will be.”
Stacia: Knowing that her future is already planned and there can be no other outcome, Meena decides to live for the moment with Ethan and enjoy the small time that they do have together. But as the end of their time together gets closer, things become more and more complicated.
Let me just say I absolutely fell in love with Ethan. He took a chance with Meena giving into feelings he never had before, even knowing what the end game was. He was so sweet, patience, and loving to her and when he called her Sunshine I just about melted!
“Name your cons and I’ll pro you.”
Meena is a devoted daughter who is willing to put aside her own happiness to make her parents happy. On the one hand I completely respected that, but on the other I wanted her to have enough trust in her feelings and relationship with Ethan to tell her parents the truth of what she really wanted with her life.
“I love you. I’ll always love you.”
Alexis: I literally tuned out everything while reading this book. I woke up early this morning to try and finish it because I knew I had a full day ahead. My heart was broken for part of the book. I wanted and willed these two characters to have their happy ending. The ending they both wanted and needed. They were so absolutely perfect for each other. But family and obligations kept them from fully committing to each other.
“A hobby is something you chose to do for fun, but a passion is something you’re meant to do. You chose a hobby, but a passion chooses you.”
Ethan Callahan was just WOW. Like Meena said, he was a mathematic Cassanova with a heart of gold I totally fell head over book for him. He was so worried about Meena and making her happy. He was completely selfless throughout the book which make my break more and more throughout reading.
Meena on the other hand was so buried in guilt that she couldn’t hurt her parent’s by following her heart. Ugh…I was so mad at her some of the time because I wanted her to stand up to them and fight for her love. Though I understand that it is a tradition that her family firmly believes in and she didn’t want to disrespect them.
Together Ethan and Meena were so perfect and not just on paper. I totally prescribe to the theory that opposites attack and that you can overcome all battles for the person you love. I was on edge the entire book…well maybe from 20% on. I texted Stacia like every 20% to calm myself down. I literally had tears just waiting to be shed. My tears were literally on the edge of my tear duct, lol!
If you are looking for a love story to completely lose yourself in, PLEASE give this one a try. I promise you will fall in love with Ethan and Meena as well as the supporting characters. I want to commend MK on all the details that she was able to weave in to make sure this book was authentic.
Stacia: This book was just so good! I laughed, I cried, I was mad, and I swooned for sure. A book that makes me feel all of this definitely needs to be shared.