Book Title: Let Me Go
Author: Shriram Iyer
Total Number of Pages: 280
Publisher: Fingerprint! Publication
Publication Date: 1 Nov 2017
Genre: Fiction / Romance
A boy and a girl can become friends.
But can they remain friends forever?
When Anshuman Kale first meets Indira Kelkar, all it takes to bring them close is a lost school bag, a missed school bus leading to a walk back home and a few cutlets to beat the after-school hunger. As the now best friends grow up together, there is nothing that can come between their friendship. Or so they think!
At the climax of their teenage years, as Indira falls in love with a guy five years older, she finds herself caught between friendship and love—neither of which she can let go. But as their lives begin to take a turn—for good, for bad and for the worse—Anshuman is forced to rethink one of the things he had considered a given: ‘he and Indira would be best of friends forever.’
Now estranged for years, Anshuman is looking forward to marrying the love of his life, while Indira is waiting to hear back on her euthanasia appeal. What could have gone so wrong that she wants to end her life?
As their lives intersect once again, how far will Anshuman go for Indira?
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
I have been reading a lot of romance novels from the past few months and most of the time I would come across the same plot over and over again with just a few touch-ups to make the stories look different. So, I am going to be honest here, I was delaying reading this book because I had already judged that it would have the same sort of nondescript plotline. But, I was in for a surprise when I finally settled on to reading this book.
I won’t say that the story is completely original and very unique from other romance novels but I can surely say that it is different from other romance novels out there which had been selling like hot cakes. From the blurb of the book, I was convinced that ‘Let Me Go’ was going to be another “from friends to lovers” story but when I actually read it, I found that’s not the book is all about. The title, ‘Let Me Go’ might be a bit cheesy and must have been used a lot of times already but don’t let the title fool you!
The plot is a combination of suspense, a bit of mystery and romance, of course. While reading, the first chapters built the anticipation in me because it had been shown that something was wrong from the character’s agitation but there’s no clue to answer the “what”. It’s only later on, as the story unfolds, does everything become clear. The cover of the book might be simple, but the story is nothing close to simple.
In the first few chapters, we only get to see Anshuman Kale, the male protagonist of the story. Indira, the female protagonist only makes an appearance later on. While the main protagonists are not connected in the beginning, the author develops the supporting characters in the meantime. Alisha was a character that was developed the most, in supporting characters. Indira and Anshu might have been the central characters, but it was good to see almost all the characters being developed just as the main ones and this is a very very rare treat to find.
The book is divided based on years. While the story starts in the present time, the author reels back in time and takes us to the times when Anshu and Indira were together and shows us what sparked their friendship. There’s quite a lot of scene shifts from present to past to present, but the author has managed all the timelines very effectively. Unlike other books where I have come across this same characteristic, the author has smoothly led the timelines and they never felt abrupt or incomplete.
We have always been hearing the same phrase of “A girl and a boy can never be friends” but this book tries to oppose this phrase and builds a story of “friendship…with love” as the subtitle reads. Whether or not the book successfully rests it’s case is for you to find. While the plot is not all that new, the theme is actually something which hasn’t been attempted too often.
The narration is smooth throughout the book and as I have already said, the characters are well-developed. The author has definitely worked on the characters to showcase each and every of their emotions. Definitely a character driven plot.
MY FINAL VERDICT
If you’re bored of reading the same ol’ romance stories, I would recommend you to read this heartwarming tale of friendship and find out for yourself whether or not a girl and a boy could be friends forever.
Book Cover : ⭐⭐⭐.8
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Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐.8
Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐.8
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POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐.8 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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