By Alice Pung
Black Inc. 2021
“Your mother may not know how to love you best. But she love you the most.”
A journal written to her unborn child- Karuna is a teenager, overwhelmed by her over-protective mother’s need to control her. So desperate to break free from the shackles of her mother’s power, she says yes to a boy and is silently celebrating when she discovers that she is pregnant.
Pung writes with authenticity and imagery that prevents the reader from putting down this book. I could not put it down.
When control mashes with culture and tradition, we can understand where both women’s perspectives spawn. But love cannot be an excuse and lessons are learned the hard way. Ultimately, though, this is an uplifting and fast read.
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