Number of pages: 288
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4
I wish I had pushed myself to read When the Moon was Ours before now. I did have some issues with it, but with this one, the good outweighs the bad.
The prose was a bit too heavy in the beginning of the novel. It became less of an issue as the book progressed, but I felt as if the author was trying too hard for the first little bit.
The writing also made it difficult to get into. Again, once I got further into the book, I was hooked, but it wasn’t as compelling in the beginning.
I didn’t really understand the motivations of the other 3 Bonner sisters. I understand Ivy’s motives, but I don’t understand why the others went along with it for so long, especially since they seemed to know what they were doing was wrong.
Other than those little gripes, When the Moon was Ours was a lovely story about facing your fears and learning who you are. It hits you where it hurts and keeps on swinging.
I found Sam’s story particularly impactful. I would even go as far as to say his part of When the Moon was Ours stole the show. It was written in such a way that it felt as if Miel was supposed to be more of the main character, but I think Sam’s story was far more compelling. Miel’s story still had an emotional impact, but Sam’s story is the one that truly made me tear up.
I also loved learning about bacha posh. I even looked it up (not extensively) after finishing When the Moon was Ours, which I rarely end up doing. It was incredibly enlightening to read about this tradition I had never heard of before reading this book.
The magical realism aspects of the story also weren’t as strange and unbelievable as I thought they would be. I had to read a few sentences twice a couple of times, but other than that it wasn’t too difficult to wrap my head around what was going on.
Overall, I had a few issues with When the Moon was Ours, but ultimately it was an enjoyable and important story. It has therefore earner 4 out of 5 stars.