My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ever read a story that you either had to a) tell everyone you knew or b) you wanted to see as Lifetime/HBO movie ASAP? Love Edy does just that.
In Love Edy, Edy Phelps is a smart, rich black ballerina who is very close friends with Hassan Pradhan. Hassan is the handsome high school player with amazing muscles and Edy knows she loves him more than a friend.
But there is one significant problem.
Hassan, according to his family tradition, has already been promised a bride in India. So, even though he likes Edy where will the relationship go from there? In Edy’s mind, she knows their love will not go far, but her heart belongs to him.
I have nothing bad to say about this novel. None. There are hulking football players, mean girls, sexual tension, taboo, coming of age issues, and romance.
Hassan seems to be likable, only because he is protective of Edy. But Edy is a conundrum. She carries on as the girl with low self esteem, ashamed of her “boy figure” ballerina body but does not notice someone does like her. Often the people she dislike, she acts like.
“After all, she had been the one bleeding through the line that divided friend and more. Last night, he had only made clear what he expected “more” to look like,and it was not much…She would have to live with that.”(Love Edy, Pugh, pg. 23, 2014)
Shewanda Pugh has written a fine book that will remain one of my favs for the rest of 2014. Other good news is that Bittersweet: Love Edy Book Two can be pre-ordered this fall 2014 and from the way Book One ended, I need a bridge for that cliffhanger…
*Book received for my unbiased review from Netgalley
*Side Note: Cover appeal. Nice makeup job!