Book Review: Where Hope Comes From: Poems of Resilience, Healing and Light by Nikita Gill

Format: Hardcover (Paperback US)

Pages: 160 pages

Published: February 18th 2021 (US Release: June 1)

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co. (UK) and Hachette Books (US)

Genre: Poetry, Mental Health

Synopsis:

In Where Hope Comes From: poems for a broken world, Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet. Sharing a number of poems that she wrote when the world went into lockdown, this collection will include the phenomenal Love in the Time of Coronavirus which was shared across social media over 20,000 times, as well as her poems of strength and hope How to Be Strong and Silver Linings. This collection will be fully illustrated by Nikita with beautiful line-drawings, and moves her into an exciting new space in the market as she tackles themes such as mental health and loneliness.


If I could give this book ten stars, I would. This delightful book may be small, but it packs an emotional impact tenfold. I was excited when I discovered that Nikita Gill was coming out with a new collection of poetry; of course, I immediately pre-ordered my copy. And to learn that this poetry collection filled with hope and resilience and original artwork, beaming with brevity, just filled me with delight. I immediately knew that this book would be one of my favorites of 2021.

Being amidst a global crisis that seems to be never-ending can be detrimental to a person’s mental health. There were countless times that I didn’t feel like getting up, leaving the house (when possible) or found the joy in the things that always manage to bring a smile to my face. Gill, in her writing glory, manages to capture all of those feelings: despair, isolation, uncertainty and sadness. Gill has done a fantastic job bringing these painful but realistic feelings in such a beautiful way.

But as painful it is to see these emotions come to light, Gill offers us hope. Gill will make us believe that with magical words, we will always find the light at the end of the tunnel amidst all this chaos. There are just too many poems in here that I have a hard time saying is my absolute favorite since all of them are just delightful and powerful. However, if I had to choose, “How to Be Strong” would be my first pick. Its uplifting nature was such a joy to read after a stressful day. I shared this poem with a friend who was also having a bad day, and when I gave this poem to read, she immediately smiled.

I don’t think I have enough words to describe how excellent this book is. Nikita Gill has once again graced us with a poetry collection that tackles powerful themes of mental health and loneliness in such an insightful way that it will leave you calm, inspired and, of course, hopeful. At the end of the book, the hope you thought you lost will return to you, bit by bit. And if it disappears again? Don’t worry. This collection is a great book to return to get your fill of hope as much as you need.

Thank you Hachette and Edelweiss for an advanced US copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



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