Thursday, June 11, 2015

Book Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Book Review time and today's book is another NetGalley book:

5 to 1 Holly Bodger

Let me start with saying that this is one of my favorite book of this year so far and when I starting reading this book I didn't know I was going to enjoy it as much as I did.  Ah, the magic of reading :)

So, let's get to the review...

It's the year 2054 and India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women very valuable.  The women who form the country of Koyanagar got tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and decided to make marriage "fair", so now that country has a new system; they have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa is our main girl and it's her turn to go into these tests, well to see five boys go through these tests to win her as his wife, her in the other hand?  She doesn't want to become a wife.

And our main boy named Kiran?  He is forced to compete  the test to become her husband, but he also has other plans...

Sudasa's family is very powerful and they want nothing more than for her to compete and just pick a husband and live life comfortably.  But Sudasa wants something else, she wants freedom and she is tired of people deciding for her and telling her what to do. And more now than ever; when she realizes that the test are not what they seem, for once why is her cousin competing for her hand, there is only one way he could be there, it was all planned and now more than ever she is going to fight for what she wants, even if it means getting the help from the last expected person: Kiran.

Kiran, he is only participating because his family wants him to escape the country and in order for him to do that is by participating and failing the tests and so he agrees to go in.  But once he is there, things take a little twist and he ends up winning some of the tests, until he and Sudasa realize that they want the same thing and at he very end they realize that they may need each other more than they realize.

This book is so amazing, first of all the girl's perspective is written in verse, first time for me and I LOVED IT.  The boy's was your regular version but still beautifully written.  I'm in love with Holly Bodger's writing style.  Back to the book, it touches feminism which it was written fabulously.  Sudasa was such a strong character but with a soft side at the same time, a perfect character, you will fall in love with her from the first chapter.  Kiran, holly molly, I love that kid, I need more of him, he has such a great story, AH no spoilers you need to read, but trust me you will LOVE him, courageous, friendly and everything in between.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars, I read it in one sitting and when I was done there was only one problem: I needed the next book RIGHT AWAY.  I totally recommend this book and really hope that you will give it a try.