Kaur’s collection of poetry reflects her personal struggle with learning what love is and what it isn’t. Kaur starts the collection revealing the relationships she saw around her and how that affected her own views on romance. Revolving around her twenty-first year, her poems and illustrations describes what happens when a young woman loses her first love but in the end learns to love herself. A great read for those who not only love poetry but stories of self-love and growth.
Smith’s memoir starts with him trying to answer the question of how he defines himself as a black man in America. He finds his college years at Hampton University during Obama’s first race to the presidency help him answer this question. These years of his life causes him to evaluate respectability politics, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, and the taboo of mental health in the black community that have caused him to redefine what masculinity means to him. His memoir doesn’t only ask questions of himself, but will also leave the reader asking questions of how they define their identity as well.