Jaya and Rasa

Jaya and Rasa

A Love Story

Book - 2017
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"In Hawaii, seventeen-year-old Jaya Mehta is a transgender outsider with depressive tendencies and the stunningly beautiful Rasa Santos thinks sex is her only power. Will their love transcend and pull them forward or will they remain stuck, separate, in the chaos of their pasts?"--
Publisher: El Paso, Texas :, Cinco Puntos Press,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781941026861
Branch Call Number: Y FIC PATE
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 07, 2020

The love story of Jaya and Rasa, written by Sonia Patel, is about the Romeo and Juliet-esque relationship between Jaya Mehta, a transgender teenage boy, and Rasa Santos, who resorts to prostitution since the age of 13 to provide for her and her siblings as a result of their mother Kalindi abandoning them. When they meet on a hiking trail located in the mountains of Oahu, they feel an instant connection and fall in love instantly. As their relationship starts to blossom, they begin to feel as if they understand each other more, with the fact that Rasa sees all men as predatory due to the abuse she suffered from before, and Jaya feeling hopelessness with getting a girlfriend due to his androgynous looks and the fact that he isn’t out to anyone at school but his best friend Alika. What I really liked about this novel is not only the serious topics that Patel touched upon, including abuse, identity, and trauma, but the diversity of the protagonists, with Jaya being Gujarati, and Rasa being mixed-raced. The only thing I did not like about this novel is that I finished it so fast! This was honestly a really good read and it made me emotional in so many ways that I cannot even comprehend. I would not hesitate to dive in deep into the novel for a second time.


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