April 9, 2022

Such Big Dreams Review

Such Big Dreams Review

Title: Such Big Dreams
Author: Reema Patel
Style: Contempoary
Rating: 4.5/5

**Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my review.  Such Big Dreams comes out May 10th.

Rakhi works for a law office in Mumbai and has a past full of trauma. Her parents died when she was young and she was forced to live on the streets.  After some trouble she is taken in by a famous lawyer who runs an organization called Justice for All and given a fresh start and a job. Rakhi meets lots of people while working here, including Alex, a naive intern from Canada. Alex begs Rakhi to show him the "real India" and in exchange he will help her reach her goals. As Rakhi gets to know Alex more, her past and her plans for the future collide in this heartbreaking, poignant and stunning novel.

I felt immersed in Rakhi's story and life in Mumbai. She was inspiring, resilient, persistent, smart and brave. The story illustrates the clash of class or caste within India by showing Rahki's life compared to those she works with or for. The story also portrays that corruption and evil politics show up everywhere. I devoured this story and couldn't put it down. I loved that the story was told in the present and past . I would have loved to see more of Rakhi's past. I loved the use of the (what I think is) Hindi because it made the story and book more authentic, real and raw but I would have appreciated a glossary in helping identify some of the terms. I wasn't always able to find the words/translations when I searched them on google. I do have an arc and hope that something like this is included in a finished copy. Overall this is an extraordinary debut novel by Reema Patel.