Book review: Letters to My Ex by Nikita Singh

Author: Nikita Singh

Genre: Romance

No. of pages: 138

Published on: 14th February 2018

Published by: HarperCollins India

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★☆☆

"It feels like I'm on autopilot; I have no control over anything. The pain of losing you... or more accurately, willingly giving you up, is so crippling that I can barely hold pieces of myself together." 


What exactly goes inside our minds after we break up? If we still love the person, how do we overcome our broken hearts? Imagine that you are deeply in love with this person but you break the relationship because all of a sudden you felt that this other person does not love you anymore. What would you do? Keep on loving the person? Or break everything and run away from the person?

Nikita Singh's Letters to My Ex starts with our protagonist, Nidhi's, letters that she writes to herself stating why and how she broke her engagement with her fiance Abhay. The letters are simple description about her perspective of and feelings for Abhay. Her letters say how they met and how everything fell into pieces and how everything led to her and Abhay's long term relationship, and finally how Nidhi came to the conclusion that Abhay loved her no more.

With all the courage she could get, Nidhi breaks her relationship on the day of the engagement. The letters that Nidhi writes, dedicating to her ex, are elaborative explanations of what made her make the impromptu decision and how she is coping without Abhay so far.

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Writing style:

Nikita Singh, being an established author, knows what and how to deliver the story to her readers. The letters felt so personal. While reading the book, I felt like Nidhi was talking to me, she was letting out her anguish and woes to me. As a reader I find that epistolary formats are hard to write because authors need to tell a whole story just through letters, and letters being a first person narration, it's difficult to fit the entire story into it from just one person's personal pov. But Nikita Singh handled this format extremely well.

About the book:

I have to be honest here. This was my first novel by Nikita Singh and I have had heard a lot about her books. So naturally I had a lot of expectations from this novel. But I was a tiny bit let down. I wanted a good, strong story which this novel lacks. I mean, it's well and good what the message of the book is, but I wanted more. The book had a lot of potential for a good background story. But readers are deprived of it. I was kind of wishing for snippets of romantic memories from Nidhi and Abhay's past so that I could feel more attached to the characters. But I could not.

Now coming to the characters, I kind of liked Abhay more than Nidhi. Mind you, the characters of the novel are very realistic. This could be me and you. But while Nidhi's brain works in this weird way where she prefers if things were under her control, Abhay is the more 'things-will-happen-when-it's-supposed-to-happen' sort of a person. This is why I liked Abhay more. So kudos to the author for making up relatable characters.

I really wished I could get an elaborate story of Nidhi and Abhay's relationship, but this was not possible within a mere 138 pages. I liked the book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes reading short, simple and crisp realistic love stories.

About the author:

Nikita Singh is the bestselling author of ten novels, including Every Time It Rains and Like a Love Song. She is also a contributing writer to The Backbenchers series and the editor of two collections of short stories, 25 Strokes of Kindness and The Turning Point. Born in Patna and raised in Indore, Nikita worked in the book publishing industry in New Delhi for a few years before moving to New York for her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at The New School. Nikita lives in Manhattan, where she does digital content and marketing for a solar energy company. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram (@singh_nikita) or on Facebook.

I received a copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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