Subway Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin

25678611How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: What if destiny leads you to your soul mate, but the laws of time conspire to keep you apart?

If her parents had never divorced, Laura wouldn’t have to live in the shadow of Bruce, her mom’s unpredictable boyfriend. Her mom wouldn’t say things like “Be groovy,” and Laura wouldn’t panic every weekend on the way to Dad’s Manhattan apartment. But when Laura spots a boy on a facing platform, lifting a camera to his face, looking right at her, Laura feels anything but afraid, and she can’t forget him. Jonas, meanwhile, thinks nonstop about the pretty hippie girl he glimpsed on the platform — trying to comprehend how she vanished, but mostly wondering whether he will see her again in a city of millions — and whether if he searches, he would have any chance of finding her. In a lyrical meditation on love, Nora Raleigh Baskin explores the soul’s ability to connect, and heal, outside the bounds of time and reason.

200words (or less) review: This is one of the shortest books I’ve read this year, at 197 pages it should have flown by. Yet despite reading Subway Love in one sitting it felt like a long read…

Before I began reading I was excited about the premise, I remember seeing Subway Love as a gorgeous hardback in New York in 2014 and calculating if I could possibly fit it in my already overflowing suitcase, sadly not. So when I found out it was being published in the UK I jumped at the chance to review it and let it the book skip past quite a few others to read it sooner rather than later.

I still absolutely love the idea behind Subway Love but while reading it I kept waiting for the connection to happen, to the characters, to the story. Neither ever came. I can’t even remember what the characters are called.

Maybe a first person narration might have changed my feelings, or a longer time for the two characters to build on their relationship. I don’t know. I wanted to adore this book so much and the idea is so good, I just wish I’d connected with Subway Love.

Recommend it?

Not sure

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