Author: Jasmin Kaur
About the book: It’s a novel written in prose and poetry with illustrations.
I received an advanced review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I love poetry, but I don’t read enough of it, so I was excited for this one. I like the title and cover a lot.
Content: There are so many incredible poems. Kaur keeps them short and simple while exploring complex issues like racism, immigration, etc. She is also an illustrator, and her drawings add depth by complementing the text.
The prose section tells the story of a woman dealing with trauma and trying to raise a daughter by herself. I got so invested in the characters that I was sad when the section came to an end.
“if the words do not / free you, why do you hold on to them?”
Writing: I love Kaur’s voice and style. She does such a great job of bringing words to life without watering anything down. The poems spoke to me, and I found myself rereading them.
Final thoughts: If you’re a fan of poetry, I highly recommend When You Ask Me Where I’m Going. Even if you aren’t, I still recommend it because the book is a beautiful read.