Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

I felt such a wide range of emotions reading this book that it is hard for me to write a review that will make others understand why it meant so much to me but here we go… The two main characters in this book are woman who feel like they are not enough and desperately love the same child, and use their love for this child to get them through some very rough times. Soli left her small town in Mexico because she was the only one her age left and she felt like she could be more in America than she could ever be at home. You go through the horrors that you know happen to women as they try to get into the US illegally but don’t want to think about. She meets the love of her life and the father of her child and loses him in a cruel twist of fate. She get a job as a house cleaner and nanny to a family in Berkeley, CA but is caught by the police and is separated from her child while awaiting her fate in a detention center where more things that you know happen to women in these center but also don’t want to think about happen. Her child, Ignatius, goes to the Reddy’s, an Indian family who has been desperately trying to have a child of their own to the point where it is destroying themselves and their relationship. The child who they call Iggy pulls them together slowly. Ultimately there is a legal battle for the child between the natural mother and the adoptive family. I was not aware that US born children with parents in detention centers could be placed for adoption due to a legal system that does not work with the parents to get them legal representation for family court or even allow them to go or call into court hearings. I thought the children were deported with the parents but this is not always the case. You are rooting for the Reddys and Soli because they are both so likable and you want their pain to stop but in the end you know both cannot have the child. This book broke my heart and opened my eyes to the pain that many people are going through that I would have never experienced or even realized people were going through. And isn’t that what books are suppose to do, put you in someone else’s shoes? I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from Penguins First to Read Program for review consideration.

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