- Author: Myoho
- Publisher: Notion Press; 1st edition (12 March 2021)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 238 pages
Letters to You by Myoho is a story set around two best friends – Disha and Kiah – who are struggling to come to terms with their sexuality. They are confused and anxious about society. They are hurt. They are shaken. However, love courses through their veins when they are around each other. The question is would they be able to reach each other or be entangled in the web of ‘normalcy’ forever?
This book covers a very sensitive topic of exploring one’s sexuality, something that doesn’t come up in a lot of books. In fact, it is a subject that more or less remain hidden in a corner for how taboo it is. It essentially picks up the historic decision of the Supreme Court of India, that of section 377. I loved that the author thought of talking about the crucial subject through a relatable story of two best friends. It comes out well as both try to find their true self. Not to mention, the journey is full of hurt, love, passion, confusion, and what not. The idea behind the narrative is surely worth a mention. Also, the incorporation of letters was a treat.
Despite a wonderful story, the story lacked on the front of execution. I was pulled away by the language that seemed more forced than natural. Probably, if the right selection of words was done, the emotions would have come out in a better manner. Moreover, the narration could have been better with precise expressions and a tightly-knit storyline. I commend the author for her efforts in trying to portray sentiments but they fell short in fulfilling their purpose, fully. Apart from these points, there is a problematic description of extra-marital affairs that didn’t sit well with me.
I would want to draw your attention to the truly beautiful cover. I loved it for its aesthetic. As a debut book, it’s a wonderful attempt but it does need more work on multiple aspects.
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