“I should have never made a home of you.
People are not homes.
Not when they can stand up and walk away whenever they decide it is time to go.” – 4/5 stars!
I’m surprised! Nineteen is a mature and beautiful collection of poems about love and getting hurt. Not only that, but it also talks about healing your heart and moving forward with your life. It was written by Makenzie Campbell when she was only nineteen years old, hence the title.
I don’t usually read a lot of poetry but comparing to what I’ve read before, I would say this is probably my favorite collection of poems. I just love how mature the book is, despite it’s young feel. I identified with a lot of the things she talked about and went through herself. I would describe her writing style as a sweet, beautiful punch in the guts – well, if that’s even a thing. The author is clearly very talented with words if she wrote these poems at such a young age.
Other things I enjoyed: I liked how the chapters are divided into different places – because sometimes we associate memories and feelings to places; there were also a few beautiful, simple illustrations to go with the poems, but nothing overwhelming; and I love how personal the book felt!
I’m surprised, I really liked this one.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!