Once again Sajni Patel has written another fabulous romance, and one that resonates with me deeply. I never knew what I was missing out on by not having ownvoices novels available, but I am so happy things are changing. First Love, Take Two is not a rom-com. The cover may give you that idea, and there are some humorous moments, but the majority of the book deals with some really serious themes. I applaud Sajni for detailing what it's like in the Indian community when it comes to racism, mental health, and so much more, and for doing it so well.
My perception of the Preeti I met in The Trouble With Hating You is so much different from the Preeti in First Love, Take Two/ I liked her then, but I would love to be her friend now. I love how even though she made mistakes and deeply hurt the people she loved, she learned from those mistakes and made changed. I love how she was uncompromising and stronger having lost so much.
Daniel is bae goals for real. I absolutely loved how he supported Preeti, and was there for her even when he was upset and hurting himself. I loved him even more at the end of the book, when certain details became clear. I especially loved that he was willing to fight those in his family who didn't accept Preeti.
Daniel and Preeti together are magical, as much as Preeti with her girls are magical. I love the support they give each other.
If you're wondering why after all the accolades, I've rated this book anything less than 5 stars, it's when Preeti and Daniel finally gave in to the amazing connection and intimacy building between them- it was fade to black, and I can't help but feel it would've only enhanced the story if it had been on the page. I mean the tension between them was so delicious and all that tempting and teasing definitely got to me.
I really hope Sajni keeps writing in this vein; giving us romances that both uplift and dig deep. I know I am an eager fangirl and can't wait to read whatever she writes next.