Eighteen Years 

Eighteen Years by Madisen Kuhn 

Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐️


    Eighteen Years is a collection of 220+ poems. Madisen Kuhn, popularly known as m.k., writes honestly and personally about the thoughts and feelings that come with finding your way.Eighteen Years is here to tell you that you are not alone. It is meant to be curled up with at night, accompanied by a cup of tea. It’s a hug in book-form. It is there to comfort you when fuzzy socks and ice cream just aren’t enough. It will inspire you to pick up a pen and write down thoughts of your own. It will help you to say the words that feel stuck in your chest.Take it on the train. Take it to the beach. Keep it on your nightstand. Keep it in your backpack. Read it at the park on benches beneath hundred-year-old trees. Read it while it’s raining. Read it when you’re happy. Read it when your heart aches.Eighteen Years is meant to be bent and worn, written in, tear-stained, and loved.This book is for you.

I found Madisen Kuhn’s work through instagram about a year ago, right before I turned 18! My boyfriend actually bought me her novel as a gift for my birthday. I read it within just two short days, Eighteen Years impacted me head on. One poem in particular really hit me hard because it was something I went through and knew all too well.

The poem is called Secrets 

This poem talks about depression and self-harm (at least that’s how I interpreted it.) Something I had struggled with for the longest time of my life it seemed like. This poem made me bawl for a good solid twenty minutes. It always astounds me when words like this have such a power over me. It never ceases to amaze me.

I decided I had to get the cover bouquet of flowers and that poem title tattooed on me. I had to have that reminder forever inked on my skin that those days were long past and that I would be stronger from that day on. And I have been. 898 days and counting.

Madisen Kuhn just by using her words, made me a stronger women. I am so thankful to have came across her work, because I am forever changed because of it.  The novel ranges from years + seasons that’s how the poems are separated and it’s really a nice visual. All of the poems that are placed within Eighteen Years, are as you can tell really personal to Madisen. The work is really lovely and seamlessly thought out + put together. I’m pretty sure that Madisen is working on her second novel, I haven’t seen much about it, but I have seen a post or two informing us she isn’t ready yet! Whatever work she puts out, I must say that I’ll probably always be in love with it. But Eighteen Years will forever have a special place in my heart and soul.

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