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Let’s get lost – Adi Alsaid

This is a wonderful book about friendship, love, living for the moment and a road trip of discovery.  Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila.  When Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way

An excellent pick for a summer read18812437


Split – Swati Avasthi

Some things you can’t just walk away from

This is a heart wrenching book, real and scary about Jace who knocks on the door of his brother Christian’s apartment with a broken face and $3.84 plus a secret, after not having seen Christian for 6 years.

Their Dad is a serious abuser of their whole family including his mother, Christian got away all those years ago after he could not take it any longer

Jace then took a lot of beatings, he thought he had to stay to protect his mum and maybe take some of the abuse that she was getting but he finally cracks one day and has to leave.

He desperately want his mother to leave  or maybe he could go back and get her but in reality his mum is still trapped.

Christian has made a new life for himself and Jace must try to do the same thing.

Swati Avasthi gives a riveting portrait of what happens after. After you decide to leave, after you make the split – How do you make a life?

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Shamed – Sarbjit Kaur Athwal

6a00df351d779488330192ac4f276d970d-800wiSarbjit Athwal was called by her husband to attend a family meeting. It looked like just another family gathering.  The subject they were discussing was anything but ordinary. At the head of the group sat the elderly mother. She stared proudly around, smiling at her children, then raised her hand for silence. ‘It’s decided then,’ the old lady announced. ‘We have to get rid of her.’

‘Her’ was Surjit Athwal, Sarbjit’s sister-in-law. Within three weeks of that meeting, Surjit was dead: lured from London to India, drugged, strangled, and her body dumped in the Ravi River, never to be seen again.

After the killing, risking her own life, Sarbjit fought secretly for justice for nine long, scared years. Eventually, with immense bravery, she became the first person within a murderer’s family ever to go into open court in an honour killing trial as the Prosecution’s key witness, and the first to waive her anonymity in such a trial. As a result of her testimony, the trial led to the first successful prosecution of an honour killing without the body ever being found.

This is a courageous and inspiring story of Sarbjit Kaur Athwal, and gives you insight into arranged marriages and Indian culture.

An excellent book about living in an abusive family and being brave enough out speak up.