Book Review: When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur

Perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Elizabeth Acevedo, Jasmin Kaur’s stunning debut novel is a collection of poetry, illustrations, and prose.

scream
so that one day
a hundred years from now
another sister will not have to
dry her tears wondering
where in history
she lost her voice

The six sections of the book explore what it means to be a young woman living in a world that doesn’t always hear her and tell the story of Kiran as she flees a history of trauma and raises her daughter, Sahaara, while living undocumented in North America.

Delving into current cultural conversations including sexual assault, mental health, feminism, and immigration, this narrative of resilience, healing, empowerment, and love will galvanize readers to fight for what is right in their world.


Huge thanks to HarperCollins International for providing an ARC of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book.


Book Review:

Heartfelt. Courageous. Empowering. These three words are the words that I immediately think of when and after reading When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur. It explores the concept of being put in a box where everyone shouldn’t be. The author was able to provide impactful prose, essays, and poems that lets the readers be deafened by the fact that it is difficult to be heard in this stereotyping world regardless of ethnicity, religion, and  gender but what really stands out the most for me here is that how Jasmin Kaur was able to weave her words from being a feminist to a greater person that has a bold perspective of women empowerment.

This book talks about relevant issues; mental health, bravery, depression, and being selfless. It provides a unique voice to those readers that can relate in a lot of forms that choosing to be the very kind person you think you are is never a mistake, that you should be proud of your own flaws and wrong decisions because with them — you became someone strong, someone, who is resilient and passionate, someone you can rely on — yourself.

When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur is a beautiful collection of poems, essays, and prose that depicts the reality of life. It explores the idea of a person being trapped by her own surroundings. The best analogy that I could think of is that the author is a butterfly trapped in a web. You can see your freedom but there are factors that forbid you to be free, to be the person you want to be. And this book? It will give you the inspiration that you will compel to read more and be inspired by the beauty of the Kaur’s words that are yet to empower people. Definitely loving this book!

My Ratings: 4.5 Stars!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and spoken word artiste living in Vancouver, BC. Her writing, which explores feminism, social empowerment, love and survival, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As an arts facilitator and fourth-grade teacher, Jasmin has been leading creative-writing workshops for young people across North America, the UK, and Australia over the past five years.

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