I’ll be honest, I’ve been siting on writing this review for A Show For Two. I had alot of mixed feelings with this one. The enemies to lovers romance was so good! Unfortunately, the other elements within the story left me feeling unsettled.
When Mina and Emmit first met, they immediately clash. In fact, Mina nicknames him “dickhead” even after finding out that he is actually a celebrity undercover for a new role as a high schooler. There is so much good banter between them. It is both adorable and entertaining. The banter continues as their relationship progresses. These two characters bring out the best and the worst in each other. They are both passionate and trying to break out on their own; and when they team up to accomplish their goals they are unstoppable.
The other element I enjoyed was the representation of Bangladesh culture. Admittedly, I am not familiar with the culture so it was nice to learn a little bit more about it. There were several references to food which sounded delicious. I could tell that author Tashie Bhuiyan values her culture and I’m glad she offers others the opportunity to see themselves represented with this story.
Mina’s relationship with the parents is intense. There is so much misunderstanding between them. Some of this is due to deferring goals and views of the world. Well actually the majority or it was due to this. As a daughter or immigrants parents, there are alot of expectations being put on Mina. She doesn’t agree with this picture and the tension affects her entire environment. There is alot of arguing, and tears as Mina tries her best to navigate through everything. My heart went all out to Mina and wanted things to workout for her and her family. Well I did at first but as things progressed I really just wanted her out of such a toxic situation. And I was saddened when the people around her (her sister and her best friend) made matters even worse. Especially when they should have just simply been supporting her or talking to her about their own feelings. There would have been so many misunderstanding cleared up if this had happened.
Overall, it A Show For Two has a romance that completely pulled at my heart strings. Both Mina and Emmitt show characters growth through out which I enjoyed and made their relationship stronger. There was just alot of parental conflict which continuously pulled me out of the story. Ultimately I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was less tension throughout.
Rating: 3 Stars
*I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**