The Boy who Would it is in Queen is a sincere however rough-hewn contribution to happy lit.

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In this story, struggling restaurateur Alfredo Montgomery promises his unborn daughter’s hand in a future marital relationship to the spoiled child of their town’s kingpin, Jonas Gould—if Gould will placed Alfredo’s work in order. When the boy inconveniently transforms out to be male, huge deceptions and deep psychological trauma unspool as Robyn climbed Montgomery is raised as a hyper-feminine girl as component of his dictatorial father’s outlandish plan to get himself the end of debt.

Set in a fictional city referred to as Urgello (nation unspecified), Robyn’s search is because that true love. However his obstacles are huge: the soulless Alfredo abuses both Robyn and also his saintly mother; the unsuspecting (too unsuspecting, and also fantastically chaste) bridegroom in the sham marital relationship explodes when he learns the truth; our bad hero remains adrift in personal limbo. “So Robyn ongoing his life also to the an extremely hurting minute.”

But author Zackary Marius J. Juanillo suffuses his story with hope. At a climactic banquet to visit by every the townspeople (the book’s many vivid scene), the process of heal old wounds begins, and, in the end, one ironic revolve of fate may even lug Robyn love and also peace.

Juanillo, who wrote this very first novel at period 22, shows signs of literary promise with this story. He has actually a gift because that dramatic tension and also timely plot twists and also understands well the problems of gender identity and sexual ambiguity that drive his story.

Unfortunately, the daughter-for-sale cheap is not entirely believable, since it’s tethered come no specific society where arranged marriage is practiced. And also the prose has numerous point errors and frequent awkward wording, as in: “Michael flinched his eyes and asked Robyn regarding what the was talk about.”

Still, the ending brings a satisfying conclusion come a heartfelt work, also as readers might wish the author had taken an ext care with syntax, grammar and also plausibility.

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