Meena Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She’s in her senior year at Stanford where she’ll graduate summa cum laude, and then she'll begin her interviews…her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she’s never questioned that she’ll have an arranged marriage like all the generations before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan’s sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn’t know were possible outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s charming and has the uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation makes no sense in the real world.
Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small at first—to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve the ultimate equation to find happiness.
I really loved this story though I wasn’t sure about it at the beginning.
The whole story and characters are very likeable, and it was interesting to read Meena’s reasoning behind her decision to have an arranged marriage. I loved learning a bit more about the Indian culture through this book.
Meena and Ethan are from different cultures and she decides to embark on a relationship with him in their final year knowing that come the end it would be the end of them.
I really rooted for Ethan, I thought they had a great love and she shouldn’t have had to give that up for her family – though after reading I understand the reasons behind it.
This book had me crying come the end, and you will just have to read it for yourself to get the outcome, no spoilers here!