Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

it only takes
a second or two
to look into their eyes
and decide
whether you’re home
or at just another
perfectly decorated house

  • Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon
  • Author: Noor Unnahar
  • Genre: nonfiction, poetry
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication date: March 27, 2018
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers

I got Yesterday I Was the Moon as a birthday gift last month. By the end of the day, I had some downtime and read it within about thirty minutes.

The poems were centered around Noor’s life. She explained that her name means light and how she let that fact build her life. She also talked about traveling from her home country a lot. Themes of longing, strength, feminism, words, home, and more are in this book.

Overall, I enjoyed the poems. Some got me to think more than others. I did wish that they were more specific though. Her words were vague enough that the reader wouldn’t know her life well, but knew her emotions well. All the poems were relatable, especially the ones about women, but I wished the poems were deeper.

The book was a good short read. It was a good start to this writer’s career, especially with English being her second language. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves poetry.

Score: 8/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.01/5

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