Published: 30th April 2021
A romantic comedy novella inspired by a true story
Kissing Scars by Jim Shomos is a romantic novella that is honest, raw and simply heartbreaking. Shomos has created another remarkable and bittersweet story that leaves you suspended right alongside it’s main players Sanaya and Leo. My heart soared, broke and was set free once more through this emotionally charged, organic, and poetically raw love story.
… let her eyes slow dance with the words.
There was something so unapologetic and bittersweet in Kissing Scars that felt different from Shomos’ debut novel Up Here. In hindsight, it’s probably because this narrative was inspired by a true story; it’s very essence was born from heart and soul. That said, I also found, Shomos’ writing to be more lyrical, with the prose leaning much more flowery and poetic than his debut novel. This is helped along greatly by the poetic interactions that Sanaya and Leo share. These intimate moments define Sanaya and Leo’s relationship in the most gentle and organic way. It’s almost as though the reader is being given a peak behind the curtain of their hearts as their story plays out. If poetry isn’t your thing, don’t let that sway you away from this novella, for although poetry reappears frequently through Sanaya and Leo’s interactions, it is not the main component of the novella.
Kissing Scars is also a culturally rich narrative set amongst the backdrop of Melbourne, Australia and enriched with Indian culture. As you read, yours senses tingle, making you react viscerally to the narrative surrounds and happenings, allowing you to experience the novella with an added dimension.
Given that Kissing Scars is a novella, I don’t want to talk about the plot and themes of the story, as I don’t want to spoil the reading experience. but I do want to warn some readers, that this is an age gap romance: Leo is forty-eight and Sanaya is twenty-eight. Despite being a larger age gap that I’m use to reading in romances of late, this didn’t bother me as the characters felt true to themselves.
Kissing Scars is an emotionally gripping, gentle and unassuming slow dance through one couple’s poetically raw and honest love story. Sanaya and Leo’s story is intoxicating, organic and simply breathtaking.
I highly recommend this novella to the hopeless romantics out there who are looking for an honest, slice of life romance.