Saturday, February 26, 2011

209 (2011 #14). Dreaming in English

by Laura Fitzgerald

This light, chick-lit beach read is a sequel to Veil of Roses, although it's not necessary to have read that book before this one.  In the first book, 27-year-old Tamila Soroush comes to the United States from Iran to visit her sister - and get married. When none of the Iranian-American suitors work out and she's about to go back to Iran with her tourist visa expiring, the all-American Starbucks barista she's fallen in love with, slightly-older too-good-to-be-true Ike Hanson, joins her going-away party in Vegas and marries her.

Dreaming in English (which has a beautiful albeit unrelated-to-the-story cover) continues their tale, as Tami deals with Ike's family's misgivings (especially his mother's), Ike's beautiful ex-girlfriend, their efforts to start their own coffee shop, her sister's difficult pregnancy, her own lack of confidence, and ultimately the oh-so-villianous immigration system. Of course the ending is happy.

This book felt sappy to me and I had problems with it on a lot of levels. Tami (and her friend Eva) and Ike were incredibly immature for people their ages. The story is mostly told in first person from Tami's viewpoint, in rather good present-tense English, with clashed with the idea that she is still struggling with the language.  I was bothered by the notion that Tami came to the United States intending to flout the immigration system, and yet the immigration officials are painted as being in the wrong for being suspicious of her "true love" with Ike.

Give me a break.  I really can't recommend this book.

© Amanda Pape - 2011

[This book was provided by the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be donated to the local public library nonprofit Friends group for their book sale.]

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