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The Two Life of Louis & Louise is a book about “what could have been”. It explor…

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The Two Life of Louis & Louise is a book about “what could have been”. It explores two different lives of the same person but different genders. It sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
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Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final ‘e’. They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one fateful night, with life-changing outcomes. Thirteen years later, they are both coming home.
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We loved the premise of this book. It sounded refreshing and the most important – relatable. We discovered Louis and Louise an enjoyable and easy read, but it didn’t stand out as particularly significant or extraordinary. It reads very quickly, and you keep coming for more, the main characters and places are very vivid and colourful.
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We were looking forward to reading this, but we both felt a little deflated in the end. We enjoyed the storytelling and the idea, but in the end, almost next to nothing was actually related to gender, prejudice or obstacles that should have been. Also we both agreed that a story from female perspective was more interesting. In our opinion, the book could have achieved so much, but instead, the story overlooked its own idea.
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In our discussions, we talked about our own experiences while growing up and tried to compare various prejudice and expectations we had been put through. As we discovered, we were both quite lucky to avoid significant gender prejudices.
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QOTD: Have you ever had expectations based on your gender while growing up?
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A good and enjoyable book, but falls short on supporting the primary purpose a little.

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3 stars out of 5 combined
Review by 🧔 & 👩🏻‍🦰

4 thoughts on “The Two Life of Louis & Louise is a book about “what could have been”. It explor…

  1. The book sounds interesting but the review seems like it didn’t live up to expectations and that’s a let down. As a girl growing up in Mumbai,there is just too much that is unfair, we had shorter deadlines to come back home,had to dress modestly and the list goes on.My boy cousins had a lot more leeway. The safety issue was always spoken about, so for ex; solo travel was not encouraged. And to this say a lot of this still affects us.

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