1. This book pulled at the seams of what the definition of family is: here we saw Camino being the ward of her aunt, her mom’s sister. They were both supported financially by her father before he died but she was her primary caregiver and their bond was written in such a powerful way, you wouldn’t doubt their kinship. It also showed the grief the aunt experienced when Camino’s father died and in the book, Camino noted how she never really realised that for the most part her Tia lost someone too, someone who she considered a brother. Also between the sisters, questions came up, conflicting emotions, search for meaning… As you can imagine it was very complicated bending the idea of family but it was explored so well here and I enjoyed that.
  2. It explored love in different dynamics: romantic love between Yahira and her girlfriend (yay queer love), to Camino and her best friend, to Camino and her dad, Camino and her aunt, Yahira and her neighbours, Yahira and her mom. Even love for things like Yahira’s love for nail polish and what being a part of the chess player signified in talking about the bond between Yahira and her dad. And while they were both dead, we also got a glimpse at the love between Camino’s dad and her mom. I mean, it begs the question, is it love or selfishness or need that will drive a man to marry two women in two countries? Also the complicated love that comes with loving that doesn’t quite return it, as we saw with the father and Yahira’s mom. It was definitely a case of being a good dad, so to speak and a bad partner.
  3. The father: The father played a connecting role in all the women’s lives and for someone that left such a huge mess behind, I was surprised at the level of grace I extended to him. I was definitely more curious about who he was, why did he marry two women in two countries? He was a good dad, brother but a terrible partner and this isn’t an uncommon dynamic but it was still interesting how this played out. I would have loved to see more about him, maybe get a mini POV? I loved how his love was still left over while he was away from the dominican republic and also after his death.
  4. The strong sense of sisterhood and girl power through the story: My favorite part of the book was the climax where they all bound together to fight some scumbag, it was such a vivid and charged scene, you know one of those that will have you screaming “yes, beat him, yada yada” yes that’s the one. It was definitely a princess saving herself moment and I loved it.




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