“Let yourself breathe. let yourself break. let yourself piece things back together. you are alive. forever changing. still growing.” – Madisen Kuhn
This book is a must-read for anyone who loves easy to read, yet heart-wrenching Instagram poetry. Divided into four sections, Almost Home tells a brutally honest and relatable story from start to finish. With poems about being in love, falling out of love, family troubles and of course the ultimate form of love, self-love, Madisen’s book is perfect for anyone, regardless of age or what stage they are in life.
When I was a teenager in high school, I used to read Madisen’s poems on Tumblr. Her writing always felt comforting to me, because it felt like I was growing up with her. Her first book, Eighteen Years, covered topics such as identity, insecurities, growing up and the first touches of adulthood. As a high school student, that book was so reassuring to me. Flash forward a couple of years and here I am, about to turn 21 and almost halfway through my last year of college, holding a copy of her third book and still finding comfort in her words. That’s how magical her writing is.
Though Madisen’s style of writing is not incredibly thought-provoking, or full of metaphors, structure and poetic tricks, her writing is still beautifully composed in such a relaxed way. It’s an easy read, with language that is effortlessly simple, yet vivid. Reading the book, I felt like I was reading my own journal or having a conversation with a close friend.
If you see Almost Home on the book shelf, pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.