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Iris After the Incident Book Review
While I enjoyed <em>Iris After the Incident</em>, it didn’t blow me away as much as I would have hoped. As a Filipina-American I was able to infer a lot on how the traditional Filipino culture might have impacted the characters’ lives, but it might not have been as clear to other readers. I also felt like the setting was not as fleshed out, and it could have taken place in any metropolitan. I expected just a little more from an #OwnVoices author, in terms of setting and culture.
Which moment has defined your life so far?
Whether she likes it or not, Iris’s life has been divided into two: Before the Incident, and After the Incident. Something very private was made very public, and since then life has been about recovering from being shamed, discovering her true friends, and struggling to find a new normal.
Two years into this new life and she finally connects with a guy again. He lives in the apartment down the hall, he’s hot, and he doesn’t look at her that way. He doesn’t know what happened. But he also won’t give her his name, not right away—which has to mean he’s got something to hide too.
Iris wants to start over. Should she do that with the only person who will understand, or is this the same idiotic decision that got her in trouble in the first place?