2 out of 4 stars
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“Loving can become a chronic disease,” and what was once a beautiful memory can quickly turn into a malignancy. What happens to an intense love when tainted by the betrayal of romantic infidelity? Does it poison the relationship and ruin it? Or do the devotion and passion of true love run so deeply that they defeat the infection? But what if the power of science could turn the bad memories into dust and forever blow them away? Would you choose to overcome a heartbreak through a treatment that erased the pain and allowed you to move forward?
In Déjà vu, by Juan Manuel Rodríguez Caamaño, we wander through a passionate story filled with love and hate. We get a glimpse of how these two conflicting feelings can interweave in one’s soul as well as the psychological and emotional toll they can take. Through the author’s story, we follow the profound love between a man and a woman who seemed the ideal couple. Rodríguez introduces us to these two lovebirds, Eduardo and Becca, who have been in a relationship since childhood. However, the core of this long-term, romantic coupling is shaken by what appears to be Becca’s infidelity. Eduardo fixates on her transgression and is unable to cope with the thought of losing the love of his life. An experimental treatment that could eliminate his terrible suffering sounds like the right solution to continue his existence. Will he decide to erase the pain related to his beloved soulmate?
I was particularly intrigued by the possibility of erasing painful memories that prevent you from moving on in life. I wish the author would have spent more time developing this aspect of the novel in order to make it a bit clearer. The notion of clearing your mind from unbearable memories seemed promising, and I was disappointed that it was portrayed in such a shallow manner. I found the novel’s character development to be vague with the details too insufficient to form a solid storyline. In some instances, the dialogue between the characters takes place without a clear introduction of the speakers. This lack of clarity created unnecessary difficulty in identifying the characters and establishing the scene. In particular, the narrator’s fluctuation between Eduardo and Becca caused me considerable confusion. These narrative shortcomings reduced my rating by one star.
Despite the novel’s literary flaws, this romance caught my attention and drew me into the concept of a love that you feel only once in a lifetime. I would recommend this novel to fans who enjoy sweet love stories laced with bitter spices. Rodríguez’s work might connect best with those who have experienced a Déjà vu feeling in their love life. Several expletives are used, so if you are offended by profanity, this novel may not be for you. There are some moderate erotic scenes but without any graphic content.
I encountered some issues with the book’s editing. The grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure seemed to get lost in the translation, given that this piece was originally written in Spanish. Unfortunately, another star faded because of these errors. I recognized the kind of love the author illustrates, when the chemistry between two people is deeply connected at a physical, emotional, and mental level. The flaws and weaknesses become part of the whole, and perfection seems possible. The author’s willingness to explore the depths of romantic passion was admirable. Regretfully, I rated Déjà vu 2 out of 4 stars.
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