In the last twenty-four hours, the temperatures have dropped further, our mirrors have started to fog up and I had to dig up my turtle neck from two months ago to feel normal. I have not gone as far as to control the AC temp to provide a little warm air but I am not far from doing it. I know that a lot of India is baking under extreme heat but at this weird time, I am actually hoping for some heat. The outdoor pool of our apartments is the only option available this month and it is not a viable option since you can see that I am not much of a cold(ish) weather person, especially since I had all my summer clothes out and prepared. I might regret this rant when the temperatures hit their higher numbers at the end of the month but I am starting to doubt it. (Proper)Summer has given Hong Kong a wide berth this year! This, in turn, has me worried for the next summer in terms of payback.
I gave this random paragraph as a welcome to this post because it suits the tone of the book that I am reviewing here.
This entire book is the stream of consciousness letters from Joy to her sister Lilly. She only writes when she is high on emotions and that comes out clearly in the pages. I am not sure if everyone has a friend who goes on tangents like Joy does, but I do, quite a few of them in fact. They honed my tangential conversation skills in the four years of living in a girls hostel at college. This means that the ambience of the book will seep into this review and I am not (actively)trying to mimic the storyline.
Joy has moved to Copenhagen (if all goes as per plan, a place I intend to visit in June) on a sudden impulse. She volunteered for the role of her company in the city and took the jump without too much forethought. The first few weeks are excruciating to watch unfold since she is miserable and it is hard to see how each day turns out only a little better than the last. As she settles in this new place (I understand the feelings of an expat), she grows. Each epiphany brings her closer to normalcy or what passes for it in our world. I liked all of the supporting cast, even before Joy gets used to them and/or sees their true colours. Although I guessed a few events that occurred in the story, before they were even remotely hinted at, it did not lessen the impact of the tale. I snorted with laughter at points, smiled ruefully at others and shed a tear or two. I highly recommend this as a rainy day read.
This book is set to release on the 17th and the book is still up to request on NetGalley till then. You can click on the cover to be led to it.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.