Book Title: Letters to My Ex
Author: Nikita Singh
Total Number of Pages: 144
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Publication Date: 14 Feb 2018
Genre: Fiction / Romance
‘It feels like I’m on autopilot; I have no control over anything. The pain of losing you is so crippling that I can barely hold pieces of myself together. The slightest nudge could break me. But somehow, my possessed brain knows what I need. It’s telling me to stick to my choice, to stay away from you, to open a Word document and bleed on paper, try to throw up all my jumbled thoughts in form of words, collect all disconnected facts, try to make sense of it all.’ From the bestselling author of Like a Love Song and Every Time It Rains, a story of heartbreak and things left unsaid…
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
I have read only one book by this author before which was Right Here Right Now and at that time I really liked it. Letters to My Ex was the second book by this author that I chose to read. Frankly, I had picked it up solely because of wanting to know what the hype was all about. There was so much of promotions, cover reveal events and so much going on that I thought maybe it’s going to be good one.
As the cover and the title suggests, it’s a book comprising of letters. Letters which were written to assess one’s own decisions and was not really meant to be sent to the ex. And there you have it, Letters To My Ex.
The book is narrated from the female protagonist, Nidhi’s point of view. She is the one writing the letters to Abhay, the male protagonist. They were supposed to get engaged but then Nidhi called of the engagement due to her “reasons”. Then we get to see her side of the “reasons” from these letters.
Nidhi scribbles down her thoughts and then scene shifts to some of the incidences which happened. The letters, you could say, they were more like diary entries. The whole time, the narrative keeps switching between letters to conversations to the whole engagement thing. The conversations (messages) were pretty long which I found to be a bit boring.
I won’t say that the plot was really original because it wasn’t. There are so many stories dedicated to exes out there. But the whole idea of letters sort of seemed like a good idea but didn’t turn out to be as good as it could have been. The writing felt frenzied to me. I couldn’t really feel any emotions behind the words, I just couldn’t connect.
The language is simple. Way too simpler than I like, actually. The whole writing felt as if the author had a deadline and she just had to write something and hand it out. I might sound rude right now, but I am just being honest. I really really had much higher expectations and I was disappointed. I actually liked the beginning but then the narrative kind of fizzled out as it neared the end.
MY FINAL VERDICT
This book, I feel would more likely be welcomed within the teenagers and young adults because, I feel this was written only to cater to the teenage audience rather than everyone. Or if you are just coming out of a breakup, maybe you’ll relate to Nidhi’s letters. But, this book just wasn’t for me.
Different readers have different likes and dislikes. Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t. This review was only from my point of view.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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