Title: Warriors: We all are warriors fighting our own battles
Author: Gurpreet Kaur
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Page Count: 94
Publication Date: 2019
Good Reads Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.04)
My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.5)
A collection of poetry, proses and quotes reflecting the highs and lows of life and love.
The book is divided into 2 parts- Battles of Life and Battles of Love.
These are my battles. These are your battles. These are our battles.
Full disclosure: I was asked to read and provide an honest review of this book by the author. The following is my own opinion and impression.
Warriors is a composition of (mostly) short poems about love, self-love, identity, and heartache – all battles and struggles that we face in love and life on a daily basis.
The toughest to win
are the wars that
we fight within
~the constant battles with yourself
The book is divided into two parts – ‘Battles of Life’ and ‘Battles of Love’.
‘Battles of Life’ was my favorite. This section mostly revolved around growth, breaking through comfort zones, expectations and lies that people are told via social media, society or even to ourselves.
and he died a little every day,
comparing his garden
not knowing that
their plants, flowers
were not real
~The social media illusion
The second part, ‘Battles of Love’ was centered around heartbreak, love, self-love, and healing. I definitely felt that the battles from the first part contributed directly to the scars and battles in the second and how the author responded to love.
“Opposites attract”- They say
“Then I must be nothing and you must be everything”
All of the battles were identifiable and relatable, I do think that most readers will find a handful of poems in each section that will resonate with them. I found the shorter ones to be much more impactful – some more reminiscent of proverbs, quotes, and statements which I really liked.
Stylistically this collection reminded me of both Rupi Kaur and Amanda Loveless. Many times the titles were summed up at the end, sometimes the negative space was used quite effectively and other times the cascading words illustrated a point.
The format on the electronic version seemed a bit confusing, it was sometimes hard to figure out where one poem ended and the next began, which at times disrupted the flow. I did find a handful of spelling errors or awkward word choices that could easily be addressed with an editor or beta readers and I was slightly distracted by her punctuation.
All in all, I thought it was a promising first book from a young aspiring writer. I would recommend it to other poetry lovers. Being less than 100 pages and available on Kindle Unlimited for free, there is no reason not to give Warriors a go.