Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

Seventeen-year-old Jaya Mehta detests wealth, secrets, and privilege, though he has them all. His family is Indian, originally from Gujarat. Rasa Santos, like many in Hawaii, is of mixed ethnicity. All she has are siblings, three of them, plus a mother who controls men like a black widow spider and leaves her children whenever she wants to. Neither Jaya nor Rasa have ever Seventeen-year-old Jaya Mehta detests wealth, secrets, and privilege, though he has them all. His family is Indian, origin...

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Title:Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story
Author:Sonia Patel
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1941026877
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story Reviews

  • rachel keeler
    Aug 05, 2017
    I enjoyed this book so much and cannot wait to pass it on to the teens in my library. I know they are going to love Jaya and Rasa as much as I did. I would recommend it for all teen collections. This book includes diverse characters, struggles of being a first-generation American, love...
  • Barbara
    May 10, 2018
    I've never read a book quite like this one with its unlikely romantic relationship and deeply flawed characters. Honestly, it's a wonder that either of the two protagonists have managed to survived to this point. Seventeen-year-old Jaya Mehta is the child of a privileged Indian family ...
  • Reba
    Nov 05, 2017
    Wow, this was an intense read. And there was a lot going on here. A lot. And while I am appreciative of Patel tackling several tough topics, I felt like the ending was rushed and unsatisfactory, and some of the loose ends drove me nuts. Not to spoil anything, but what happened to Rasa'...
  • Alicia
    Aug 07, 2017
    This is a heavy one like Such a Pretty Girl and Dime, focusing on sexual abuse and prostitution with a second vivid character, a richer trans character whose family is so dysfunctional that Jaya's sexuality is "just another thing" and generally covered up for the "beauty" of what their...
  • AJ
    Aug 26, 2017
    TW: rape, pedophilia, child prostitution, abuse, bulimia, suicide I really wanted to love this book, so it's unfortunate that there was too much in it that I just didn't like. It had a very promising premise. The interweaving stories of a young, Indian trans boy, and a working c...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    Jan 28, 2018
    This was a four star read for me until the ending. Obviously, this is dealing with traumatic, horrific life experiences, but they're told in a simple writing style which kept me hooked. I can't speak to any of the representation, since I'm cis and white. I do think it's especially wort...
  • Amber
    Nov 02, 2017
    Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of the book - all opinions are my own. Wow. This book was intense. In fact, I?d go so far as to say it was pretty difficult to read. It?s one of those books that really draws you in and makes you take a good hard...
  • Ashleigh Rose
    Jan 21, 2018
    @kidlitexchange #partner This is a book that will save lives. This is a book that some kids and adults are going to need and I desperately hope this book gets in their hands. Jaya and Rasa is, by no stretch of the imagination, an easy book to read. It is a harrowing experience. ...
  • Lisa
    Oct 28, 2017
    A challenging honest book. A story of the complexity of life and finding your own way when the adults in your life are horrible examples. This book is for mature young adults (and covers possibly triggering concepts) but which is relatable for many young adults. ...
  • USOM
    Aug 11, 2017
    At times this book was heavy, and at other times lighthearted. There were moments of music bonding juxtaposed with moments of abuse. (TW: abuse, homophobia, suicide attempts, eating disorders, drugs) Patel deals with some complex issues and those don't even include immigration, sexuali...
  • Jinni
    Jul 12, 2017
    Very painful yet real portrayal of troubled teenagers living Hawaii. For my full review and trigger warnings, click here. ...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Aug 07, 2017
    Powerful, raw and completely unfiltered mature YA that deals with incredibly complex topics Thanks to Cinco Punto Press for providing me with an advance copy for review - all opinions are my own. This is a BOOK. You know, the kind of book that gets under your skin and makes yo...
  • Bárbara
    Oct 19, 2017
    Thank you so much, Edelweiss, Cinco Puntos Press and Consortium Books for the advance copy This was a wonderful book. The story is basically the equivalent of a punch in the gut that never stops; it's basically a general state of pain. To be fair, there are plenty of happy times...
  • Reeter
    May 30, 2018
    Ok, I really wanted to like this. No doubt this book is important to someone, as it does touch on very real issues that people in Hawaii, and people in general, go through. I feel like this would've been better had it focused on either Jaya or Rasa, instead of trying to push this as "R...
  • Anniek
    Sep 29, 2017
    This book clearly had a lot of potential, but the writing felt forced and there was so much drama that it quickly started feeling like the author had a list of horrible things that should happen and was trying to tick off as many as possible. I sincerely question the labelling of this ...
  • Morgan
    Aug 14, 2017
    Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I finished this one in one sitting. It addresses so many issues and will start so many conversations between readers. Child sex trafficking, rape, eating disorders, alcoholism, attempt...
  • Mary Thomas
    Nov 11, 2017
    ????? Stars for Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story. This powerful mature YA was an incredible un-put-down-able read! ? Rasa is struggling to survive and provide for her siblings in the place of her mother, who is a neglectful sex worker. With her mother?s increasing ...
  • Carli
    Nov 26, 2017
    Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of Thai book. All opinions are my own. ? ????/5 for this raw matte YA story about two characters who meet and fall in love against all odds. Set against the lush backdrop of Hawaii, Jaya?s wealthy, traditional ...
  • M
    Mar 24, 2019
    Folx, this books needs a list of trigger and content warnings and I'm trying to list them below as best as I can. Almost all of them are graphically descripted, not just mentioned, please take care of yourselves first. - child neglect - sexual assault and rape of a minor - sexual...
  • Lisa Day
    Oct 16, 2017
    I thought this book was pretty fantastic. Each chapter switched between the characters of Jaya, a 17-year-old transgender youth, and Rasa, a young woman of mixed ethnicity who turns to prostitution in order to care for her younger siblings when her mother abandons them. The characters ...
  • Aleksandra
    Oct 30, 2017
    3.5 stars *Please read an extensive trigger warning list in the end of the review* I used to have asthma when I was a kid, it got better when I grew up. However, I had an episode couple of years ago. I was in other city and I was visiting my friend. She had a cat and a dog. I thoug...
  • Tova
    May 02, 2018
    This book is basically 'how much traumatic shit can happen to one person before they get the cops involved' Answer it's a lot. This was very mature, well written, heartbreaking but important read it. RTC (after i return from exam hell) ...
  • emma
    Jul 09, 2017
    So?I have a lot of emotions about this book. This is a unique, diverse love story, and it?s unlike any I?ve read before. tw: rape, eating disorders, alcoholism, abuse, attempted suicide Jaya and Rasa follows the stories of the two title characters: the difficulties they fac...
  • Megan Rogers
    Feb 19, 2018
    Jaya and Rasa was not quite what I expected. I thought it would be more of Jaya and Rasa together, but the majority of the book tells the stories of their lives before they even meet. They are important stories that deserve to be told- it's just not what I was expecting.I enjoyed the w...
  • Ronan
    Dec 22, 2017
    Oh, man. Where do I start? [ THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ] I wanted to like this book, I really did. I'm always happy to find new YA with trans male protagonists, but I went into this with a grain of salt since (from what I can tell) the author is cis. And my gut reaction was ...
  • KamariLyrikal
    Aug 01, 2019
    Maybe it was because of my high expectations that I felt completely let down by this book. It was not a love story. The most true love shown was between Jaya and his guitar. Jaya's story was uneventful until he finally met Rasa, which took forever by the way. Rasa's story was sad a...
  • Sara Mantia
    Aug 11, 2017
    Holy Guacamole talk about devouring a book and feeling so unbelievably heart broken that it was over. I did not want this to end but at the same time I found myself begging for some sort of closure to this crazy heartbreaking roller coaster of a plot. It is written with so much emotion...
  • Kyle
    May 08, 2018
    This young adult novel was gritty, dark, unfiltered, and incredibly intense. I loved it. I cherished the sweet moments in between the dark moments. The characters were brought to life and I was not only in love with them but the landscape as well. Jaya is an Indian rich kid growing...
  • Tatiana Lira
    Feb 13, 2019
    Wow. Gotta say, this book was definitely not what I'd expected it to be when I'd initially picked it up. The complexity of background given to the characters is insane. The love interests actually don't meet each other until a little after halfway through the story, but the author m...
  • 🌈💜SAVINA🦋✨
    Jan 21, 2018
    3.25 Stars I think this book is lovely and definitely worth purchasing. From the heart breaking yet gorgeous stories of both these teenagers to the abundant discussion raised through this novel. Jaya and Rasa is one to read. I love Sonia Patel after reading this book, because her s...