Have you ever been reading a book and just not been able to connect to any of the characters or even been able to really follow the story line?? That’s how I felt when I started reading Exit West, maybe it was because I picked it up at a busy time in my life and I could only read the first chapter at first and then when I did pick it up again I finally had more time to dive into it. But this book took me until chapter 3 or 4 to really understand what was happening. But I’m the type of person that once I start a book I have to finish it.
Before I go into my thoughts on the book let me give you a little bit of background about the book.
Exit West is a story based in a country teetering on the brink of civil war. During this crazy and terrifying time you wouldn’t think that people would have time to even think about love. But two you people meet; Nadia the sensual and fiercely independent woman that she is and Saeed who is more gentle and restrained. As the story unfolds their love affair begins to blossom even more, but as the chaos in their city begins to erupt it makes it more and more difficult for them to see each other.
The chaos explodes their once familiar streets are turned into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts. They begin to hear whispers of doors that will whisk you away to a safer place. At first Nadia and Saeed cannot even fathom leaving their country, and their families. But as the violence in their country begins to escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that it would be in their best interest to leave.
We get to follow these characters as they emerge into an uncertain future. They struggle to hold on to each other, their past and who they are. There are ups and downs throughout the whole book. Will Saeed and Nadia succeed in holding on to who they are and this amazing relationship that they have built or will their relationship fall apart the same way that their country did? Continue reading “Finding love in a troublesome time”