Title: Swimming Through Clouds
Author: Rajdeep Paulus
Published: May 25th 2013 by Playlist Fiction
Edition language: English
Literary awards: Finalist (2nd Place) NORWA (YA Fiction) (2012), Finalist Wisconsin RWA Honorable Mention (YA Fiction) (2012), Finalist Women of Faith Full Manuscript (2012), Semi-Finalist Genesis Contest (YA Fiction) (2012)
I live in the in between. Between what if and what is.
It's how I manage. It's the only way I know.
Everyone has their way. This is mine.
When high school, cell phone disruption forces a classroom ban, the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagain persuades Talia to peel back her heart,
slowly revealing her treasure chest of pain - an absent mother, a bedridden brother, and an abusive father. In a world where hurt is inevitable, the two teens search for a safe place to weather the storms of life. Together.
I got a copy from the author for my honest review.
I have to admit, I don't like to read about any child suffering because of a grown up, especially getting abused but Rajdeep Paulus hooked me from the first page of Swimming through Clouds. The situation is real and one that seems to happen more and more everyday. We can't ignore it and I think what Rajdeep Paulus did with this debut novel was quite amazing. Although the setting isn't my favorite, the words, description and imagination coming from this author was.
I couldn't put the book down and Lagan Desai, is such an amazing character, you won't help to love this character dearly. He creeps into one's soul and I loved loved loved his Post-it's he kept sending Talia in order to gain her trust, friendship and love.
A beautiful story of heartache, pain, kindness and love and I understand why Swimming through Clouds were up for an Literary Awards.
Well done Rajdeep and I wish you all the best with Swimming through the clouds and all your writing endeavors. I'll definitely keep an eye on this author. Worth buying this novel and I recommend it to everyone
that loves a drama, something different type of love story.