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Book Review: When I hit you by Meena Kandasamy

How do you even begin to review a book that tells the brutal true story of domestic violence? When I hit you is a novel by Meena Kandasamy inspired by the author’s own relationship and marriage to an abuser. It is the story of how the unnamed narrator in the story – a feminist, intelligent and independent woman – got sucked in by a misogynist who portrayed one thing to the world and was one thing behind closed doors.

When I hit you is brutally honest and raw. Through beautiful prose, Kandasamy describes the horrors she experienced behind closed doors. She describes her fears, the shame, the way in which society leaves women with not many choices but to stay with an abuser, the judgement from others, in an open and honest way. While this book may not be for the faint-hearted, it’s also highly recommended to increase awareness of domestic violence and rape within a marriage.

Read this book for beautiful prose. Read it to understand the horrors of domestic violence. Read it to realise that no matter who you are, you can still be a victim of intimate partner violence. Read this to learn to be empathic to women who struggle to leave abusive relationships the very first moment. Just. Read. It.

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Where to buy the book:

Amazon | Kindle

Where to find the author:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

***Read and reviewed for The Write Tribe Reading Challenge***

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  • Soumya
    7 November 2019 at 10:42 pm

    This book punched me in the gut so bad! How can any human be so cruel I thought.

    I’ve been in quite a few relationships before and while I have cried about it not working out, I feel blessed that I was not abused in any of it. I just cannot imagine what the author must have gone through. It breaks every part of me to imagine that.
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  • Obsessivemom
    8 November 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I see the five stars but I’m not sure I want to read this book unless I’m in the right frame of mind. The truth sometimes is the hardest to handle.
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  • Shalzmojo
    20 November 2019 at 1:18 pm

    From the way you have written this review, I can make out how much this book has touched you. I dont think I will be picking this one up as I am in a mood for happy reads only at the moment. But its gratifying to see such books being written by the survivor of the gruesome acts. It gives me hope that somewhere in the world some things are on a mend 🙂
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