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    Hilarious, heartwarming and thought provoking

    I really enjoyed this novel. The narrator is charming and funny but still a real human with flaws and struggles that you can relate to as a reader. The book is funny and engaging from the beginning. It somehow manages the perfect balance of feeling like a light read while still making you think about complicated issues. I would definitely recommend this book.
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    The machmakers list

    i enjoyed how culture different than mine handles issues of the heart.
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    Light and entertaining

    This was a quick and easy read. I enjoyed how the author incorporated cultural expectations into the story. I thought that the main character Raina should have had more of a back bone and that her and her best friend were a bit high schoolish at times. All in all entertaining but definitely girly with all the drama
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    New twist on a familiar story

    It was great to be reading a Canadian author who boldly used Toronto-specific landmarks throughout. The storyline, while familiar in plot, used a unique point of view to tell her story, pitting cultural/traditional perspectives against 21st century realities of LGBTQ+ relationships. This made for an enjoyable read, but there should have been better editing of the material. There were too many cliches and continuity failures (e.g., she was already stopped on the road using her phone, when the author has her "stopped" again as she reads a startling text.) These elements spoiled for me what should have been a refreshing twist on an old theme, making it tiresome to read by the end. #editfail
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    Entertaining, but not quite a romcom

    After seeing the cover and blurb for The Matchmaker's List, I was excited to get my hands on it. It sounded like a fun (oh, those meddling matchmaking grandmothers!) and diverse read. Though I enjoyed the multicultural aspect of the story a lot, and there are plenty of silly and hilarious moments, I wouldn't consider this one truly a romcom. It was much more poignant and polarizing than I anticipated. Our heroine, Raina, was sadly one of the main reasons why I did not love this book. I can definitely relate to the overwhelming pressures that family, friends, and community can unwittingly place on an individual. Even with this and the sadness surrounding her childhood, I had a hard time sympathizing with Raina because of her behavior throughout the book. I understand that it was part of her character arc to grow and recognize certain truths, but it was frustrating to see an almost 30 year old woman act this way. I don't want to be spoilery, but a good part of the book has her basically being a doormat (I wanted to throat punch Dev so badly!) and then she tells a lie by omission that ends up having HUGE repercussions. There were so many opportunities to come clean and explain, but over and over fear ruled her and she let the lie perpetuate and change lives. The situation with Asher felt forced and I'm a bit skeptical of the declarations that were made given their sporadic history. I really just wanted more from Raina and when she finally did come into her own, it just felt like too little too late. Something I did love, however, was the overall message of love and acceptance. Yes, this is a romance, but it's more a romance about falling in love with yourself. Loving who you are and recognizing that you are enough exactly as you are. The writing was entertaining, but sometimes too detailed and descriptive for me. Overall I did enjoy Raina's journey and think the book's message will resonate with readers. *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
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