Book review | Letters To You by Myoho
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ rep
No. of pages: 238
Published by: Notion Press
Published on: 12th March 2021
My rating: ★★★☆☆
The question was, who was “she” and who am “I”? From her willing kiss to a girl to the confusing hookups. All were too much to take in. Perhaps, such deeds directly question our identity, it makes our hearts heavy especially when you have been in a relationship half of your life with a ‘so-called’ right gender. But you never know the truth until the day you savor with ultimate certainty, till then it will be a fictional tale of some far. far land. What happens when you encounter and become the main character of some far, far land allegory? It trembles you from tip to toe and as an outcome, first, you embrace it passionately but with time fear lingers and it creeps in your mind, and you hurl it out of your system so fast that total detoxing never really happens.
The sequence of on and off as well off and on relationships between two best friends brings a lot of drama to the story, which brought their kinship to the brink. It never stops making twists and turns and keeps us guessing about the true shade of this intricate relationship. This tale describes a most twisted behavior of our cognitive intellect where denials and acceptance are the two sides of the same coin and… love, discovery, social-stigma, healing, and hurt go hand-in-hand.
Letters To You is a girl's tryst with her identity, her sexuality and her journey to discover the life she wants. A victim to childhood sexual abuse, Disha's self-esteem and her self-identity has been shaken from the start. She also knew about her sexual identity from her childhood, but considering that is was the 'not normal', she hid her true self from others. Now, a fake smile and a fake personality has become the new her. Until she meets Kiah, an enigmatic and charming colleague who later becomes her best friend. Disha finds herself badly attracted to Kiah, and when she finds her feelings and attractions being reciprocated, there is no turning back for the both of them.
While Disha is caught between the rights and the wrongs of their relationship, whether it will compromise her friendship with Kiah forever; Kiah is struggling with the discovery of her sexuality. Letters To You is the heartfelt story of two women plodding towards self-discovery. Interspersed with letters exchanged between these two women that convey their feelings for each other, this book is sure to make your heart feel heavy. This book is an Own Voices story by the author, and based in the modern Indian society, it is sure to open your eyes regarding the hardships homosexual people still go through today, even with the section 377 backing them up.
The only thing that I didn't like about the story was that these two characters were having an extra marital affair, and there's little explanation given to justify their actions (though it is shown both the women were having difficulty with their marriages much later in the book).
I felt their was a lack of a proper plot, but the premise of the book is what made me keep reading it. The author perfectly portrays her emotions and feelings through this book. Each chapter ends with a piece of poetry from famous poets, that draws a conclusion to each leg of the book.
Though the author does an excellent job in portraying the sentiments of her characters, the usage of difficult and heavy words disrupted the flow of the story. I felt it was a bit unnecessary. Also, the letters were tad bit repetitive and could have been done without.
I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.