Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Book Review #105 : Letters to My Ex

Title: Letters to my Ex
Author: Nikita Singh
Publisher: Harper Collins India
Pages: 144 pages
Price:  ₹199
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9352776585
ISBN-13: 978-9352776580
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The reason I chose to read this book is nostalgia – the sense of nostalgia this very picturesque cover enticed me. The bundle of letters tied together with a piece of string with withered stamps and postage marks; the promise of connecting you to a loved one. Yes, I’m a sucker for charming covers.

I was so excited to read this book. Its a short book. One can finish it within hours. The book revolves around Nidhi and Abhay. Nidhi who broke her engagement with Abhay writes letters to her EX. 

To cope up with her inner dilemmas and to understand herself better, she starts writing letters (which she doesn’t mean to actually send to her ex).

At some places, the format did not go well with the plot. A few letters were literally conversations, taking out the essence. The emotions were bang on in the last few letters and it was then I could actually connect with Nidhi. So, if you love reading letters and if you are someone who writes regularly emails to your lover, then this book may have something for you.

With these letters, the writer tries to understand the reasons why people fall in love, the reasons why they stay together, the reasons they break up. She tried to explore what happens when two people who love each other deeply break and what it takes for them to find their way back to each other.

Something about the title of Nikita Singh’s book will either make you smile or make you cringe. It will bring back memories about one or several ex’s and the things you want to say to them.

And through the lovely chapters, we – the readers – are lead to the real message; to look beyond the superficial factors of relationships and ask the hard questions. Do we truly understand and support each other? Do we deal with issues at hand or sweep them under the carpet? Do we even know what we want from ourselves and from our partners? I think this book is a must-read for youngsters in love; at the same time, I feel it will only truly resonate with those who’ve had their hearts broken. This tale reminds you that it’s okay to step back and reassess who you are, who you want to be and who you want to be that person with.

And most of all, Nikita’s simple yet insightful book urges you to be brave. To say the unsaid things, the hard things, the hurtful things, the kind things; to ask for what you want, to give all that you have without being afraid of what will happen.

I found the book riveting and gripping in a way, as it makes you want to know what happens next. The good editing and reader-friendly font helped hasten the pace of reading. 

Well, overall it’s a simple, good read.

My Rating: 4.5/5 

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