Review: Lust in Translation by Rachel Robinson
It's official. Rachel Robinson's lot in life is to extract as many tears from her readers as humanly possible. Chapter 1? Big fat crocodile tears. Halfway through the book, tears brimming my eyes. 75ish% into the book, more giant tears. Epilogue? SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY. Lust in Translation will evoke emotions from you that you didn't even know you were capable of feeling in one sitting. It's THAT good.
Story Line: Kendall and Adam are married. I would say they're college sweethearts, but that's a bit of a stretch. They found out they were expecting, got married, and then total devastation struck. The unbearable, indescribable and excruciating pain of loss. And with that loss comes depression. Lust in Translation isn't just a love story. It's a story that reaffirms over and over again, that their is no time limit on grief. No one can tell you that if you follow these 10 steps, you will feel whole again. It's different for each and every person - and that includes the parents. When this type of loss happened to us, we grieved completely differently. It almost wrecked us. But through the grace of God, we came away stronger than ever. It's a 50/50 shot, in my opinion. Which side do Kendall and Adam land on? Well, that's not for me to say. What I can say is this - for nearly half this book I didn't know whose team I was on. Because there's also secret (not really) option number 3 - Leo's team. Each character of this book bring something to love to the table. But in the end, they each get to find their own perfect happiness. And that's all I could ever ask for in a love story.
Interaction: When a couple loses a baby, one of two things can happen (in my opinion). Communication intensifies or it dwindles. In both Kendall and my case, it dwindled. I related to her so much during this time. Her husband didn't know what to do to make her feel less pain. He tried, truly he did, but in the end, the healing needs to be done at the woman's pace. Whenever she is ready. What Kendall was ready for, was to get back in the workforce and make interacting with people who didn't constantly remind her of her broken heart. Leo became that friend for her. And before you start raising your eye brows, calm down. There is no cheating. Leo is a stud muffin, no doubt. But he's a good guy. And even though Kendall is at a super low time in her life, and her judgement may be off, she would never cheat on Adam. But you will see, much like I did, that there's two different ways Kendall communicates. With Adam, it's clinical. She has to push herself to open up to him. And with Leo, it's more playful and back to her old self. But trust me here, you may think you have this book figured out... you don't. You soooo don't.
Laundry: Considering how this book starts, please do not think you're going to get some naughty, raunchy laundry right away? I mean, don't get me wrong, one chapter starts with "I'm living in a porno". So, you have that to look forward to. Yes, that chapter may be my favorite for all it's filthiness. But, keep in mind, this is a slow burn on purpose. It's what these characters need. Anything sooner, and it just wouldn't feel right.
Depth: If you haven't grasped the fact that this book is more than just a love story, I need to write better reviews for y'all. Loss is such a hard topic to talk about. I think it's even harder to read about. But this topic is handled with such delicate class, that it made this difficult topic achingly beautiful to read. There's another topic that is tough for me personally that is address. A character experiences hearing loss. Total hearing loss. And for many of you, this will be sad to read, but for me, it will one day be a reality. I have Meniere's Disease. There's no cure. And at the rate I'm going, the docs are thinking total loss is a large possibility. So for certain scenes, and other details, I found myself crying without even knowing I had started. This story is real, y'all. I related to two very large details, but I have no doubt that there is something in it for everyone. These characters are flawed, complex and so grounded. It was a thought provoking, but beautiful read. 5 incredible stars.