“Delicate and resilient. Like you.”
Brina and Eagan meet for the first time when she's nine and he's fourteen. They like each other from the very beginning, though their bond isn't immediate, but it grows over the years. What links them is the fact that their parents are photographers and are extremely devoted to their work and to each other; so much so that both Brina and Eagan have to learn how to take care of themselves from a very young age. Despite their differences, age, gender, nationality - Brina is Italian and Eagan is American - they find comfort in their growing friendship.
Then Brina becomes a teenager, and her feelings for her friend start changing and deepening. New desires stir within her. As soon as Brina realizes how those feelings complicate her friendship with Eagan, she runs away from him.
A few years later, Brina is twenty and Eagan is twenty-five, they find one another once again.
(Recommended for ages 18+, due to sexual content and language).
A Veil of Glass and Rain by Petra March was released in January 2015. While it has the New Adult type content, it is written more like a coming-of-age Young Adult type story. I know a lot of books can fit into many different genres. No two people ever read a book the same way. But the obvious difference in this story made it a little confusing to follow.
I enjoyed reading this book. The plot was very interesting. The author did a good job giving the main character Brina such deep emotions that it made up for the genre disorder. . I love the “friends first” kind of relationship. Those are actually more relatable. That is really what made the story work for the two genres that are presented in A Veil of Glass and Rain.
The only thing that made me give this a lower star rating, is that although this book reads as two genres, there is so much young adult in this book, it is hard for it to be considered it much of anything else. The only reason it reads as an NA is the sexual content that would be way too much for your normal young adult book. In my opinion, this book could have almost been broken into two books – one for Young Adults (a milder version) and one for New Adults (a more adult version).
I give a Veil of Glass and Rain 3 stars.