20 by Vatsal Surti

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This is a story of a young girl who struggles with hopes and dreams just like all of us do.  The story itself relates to me, but I had some issues with the author’s purpose. Neither of the main characters is named and that threw me a little. Also, the story is told more from a stream of conscious style. I did, however, find myself thinking about the story days after I finished. Upon reflection, it seemed to just click more and maybe that is what the author intended to do. Like yesterday’s review, this book challenged me more than most.

The story of a troubled young model and an introspective writer, 20 is a novel about loneliness, love, hopes and dreams.

One night as she is driving back home from a show, she almost runs over someone. She holds her breath, and through the fog they see each other for the first time. Love begins to form in the space between them, in precognitions and thoughts, lights and intimacies. Seasons change. They come to know more things about themselves and each other. Life wraps them in its embrace like a haze, in a vacant space bigger than their eyes can see.

Fans of Haruki Murakami will enjoy this atmospheric and deeply felt debut from Vatsal Surti, who was described by an Amazon HALL OF FAME reviewer as “a young author to observe.”

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