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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  100 reviews
An anthem for the modern woman, Unfollowing You serves as a true companion for those who seek a voice that explores the complexities and absurdity of contemporary romance. Komal Kapoor uses her personal experience and astute social awareness as mechanisms to empower self-acceptance and promote cultural transparency.

After prolific growth on social media, Komal Kapoor is uti
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
For all the badasses reluctant to show their soft side—you are not alone.

Unfollowing You is a story of a "situationship" (because, let's be honest, judging from the text, it never really reached full "relationship" status) going wrong. It starts off cheesy, but with promise, but sadly, goes downhill very quickly in quality and the poetry becomes off-putting, childish, repetitive, and unrefined.

Time with you now feels
like a trip to Taco Bell;
great in the moment
regretful the next day.

Katharina | katharia
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn, that hit me.
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Next book in my series: Reading and annotating with my partner pt. 2💛
Emily Park
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wish I loved this book like the world love Beyoncé.

But I didn’t.
It was awful.
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
I found this book of poetry relatable, yet I also found myself not really liking it. It may partly be because of the description: it states it's about 'modern love' and 'relationship', but I think love is completely different from what happens in the story, and the couple it deals with does not reach the relationship status before their supposed tragic end occurs. I get what it is about, though. The digital era can make dating and finding our significant other something quick, shallow and not qu ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I actually really enjoyed it, and it was quite relatable but it had a lot of misses...
Mar 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
This era of tumblr poetry popularized by Lang Leav and Rupi Kaur needs to end! Also, I don't like the font used in this book (petty, I know). ...more
Amina Ibrahim
"Unfollowing You" by Komal Kapoor is a collection of short poems and quotes. It is composed of two parts, the first part is following you and the second is unfollowing you.
I don't read poetry, but the cover and the blurb of the book atracted me in.There was some humour which went over my head but mostly it was understandable. It was filled with emotion. This book is so much like a story. Going through the character's life from the start to the end. How the man she loved goes from being her favor
Rebecca L.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unfollowing You was a delightfully fun romp that explored what it feels like to fall in love in today's society.  Kapoor uses text messages, social media posts, and micro poems to vividly bring to life what it feels like to fall in love through a phone screen. In our world heavily laden with social media, the image we project is much more alluring than reality of who a person is in real life. 

 Kapoor tells a universal story that is updated for a modern audience: What happens when a deeply intros
Apoorva Tadepalli
Feb 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'd give this book 0 stars if I could. I read this book at a bookstore and I found the poetry in it to be underwhelming. She literally compares how she feels about a guy to Taco Bell. Like really? And she also writes these one liners about relationships, as if they are poems. They aren't, and she shouldn't marketing it as such.

She had a great concept but the poetry ruined it for me.

She should've not marketed this book as a poetry book if it's about short text messages between a guy and girl.
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not sorry to say I am not into Facebook clichès anymore.
I don't feel it will ever work with me again.
Yes, I did get hooked to FB. But that was a decade ago.
I thought this would be something entertaining and relatable.
But heck. No. No. No.
The writing style is just juvenile and unrelatable.
It's trying too hard but it really comes out as something really bland and boring.
DNFed it on page 54.
(Seriously why do I take such extra number of pages to DNF a book that I do not enjoy?!
Maybe I am a slow lear
Ecke Brandt
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Release date: February 5th, 2019.

This book of poems is a beautifully written collection of the thoughts and feelings about (young) love in the digital age.

Dating, and practically every aspect in relationships has changed completely in not even a decade, and Komal Kapoor reflects perfectly what falling in and out on love in our decade has become. I think it reflects both on the positive and negative things of having your bae at arm's reach on the Internet, and it also beautifully describes th
Lavinia Reads
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
sometimes we are so blind
Karley Essington
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not the greatest poetry book. I couldn't really connect with most of the pages. It looked appealing at first glance but I was not a fan. ...more
Ritika C.
"In a world
that no longer pauses
to listen to the whispers of a soul
you found songs
I didn't know I held within me."

I'm all up for promoting poet-artists, but Komal Kapoor's Unfollowing You was a bit of a disappointment for me. It has always been exciting for me to read a book that includes text messages in it. Multimedia books always fascinate me (which is Wattpad, as a site, is adoring despite what people may assume). But those texts must also mean something for them to hold importance to the bo
Elena ( The Queen Reads )
Saturday night dates
are easy to find
but I want only you
on Sunday mornings
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

So I originally requested an ARC for this book because it promised it was "an anthem for the modern woman" and would "explore the complexities and absurdity of contemporary romance". I've been out of the dating pool for a long time, so I thought I'd take a look as it seemed like the book had to potential to be funny and poignant. Instead I ended up rolling my eyes for days.

Now usually I would say that it was just not for me but my big
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
*I got this book from netgally in exchange of an honest review.

I don't know what happened.. but I really did not enjoy reading these poems. They neither felt poetic not emotional enough to stay with me... Thats all.
McKinlay Dennis
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, poc-authors, diverse
*I received this from netgalley, this does not affect my review.*

[2.5 stars]
This is exactly the poetry I would have wanted to read in my early twenties after dealing with the loss of my first love. But now as a jaded 35 year old, self-proclaimed spinster, it kind of made me wanna barf. Objectively I can say the poetry was decent, the social media aspect was interesting, though I think the digital ARC was missing some of the formatting so it was a bit lost on me. I would recommend this to people
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finding and losing “love” in the digital age through texts, Facebook, Snapchats, tweets, Netflix profile, tagging, update relationship, notes, refreshing pages, etc. Recognizing that there is strength in vulnerability and encountering faith in love, she quickly falls in love. At her height she proclaims “... how can we not change with every encounter every relationship every love? We take a bit of someone gave a bit of us away. I have changed since your love and I like who I have become.” “In th ...more
Nick Carr-Sorensen
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Best read in a single sitting. For someone going through the “situationship” Kapoor describes, this could be cathartic. The poems themselves feel very high school.
Taylor Givens
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Whew. I'm sorry. I didn't like this. In form, it reminded me a bit of Rupi Kaur's work but without the nuance/delicacy. To be fair, I'm not wild about her work either. This just doesn't work for me. While detailing a relatable experience (insert comment about being a single 20-something woman in the age of online dating here), I couldn't get past how cheesy and amateur this felt to me. ...more
aneesa i.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
why does everyone think they can write the next “milk & honey”?
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Powerful, but it felt like something I have come across before.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the age of text messaging and social media - it is difficult to see and connect on a deeper level with people especially when there is not much of a premium on direct verbal communication and not much more than instant (physical) gratification.

I love her perspective- from that of someone who wants to find a “real” connection. She is clever with her words and I think they will resonate with like minded people. There is also a courageous spirit as she realizes that what she is getting does not
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, poetry
A collection of "poems," more like ruminations and text message compilations, following the arc of a failed doomed relationship of young people. While I'm sure some people probably relate (particularly young people in their first relationships), the "characters" here aren't fully formed and while there is some nice writing, there's no subtext or nuance here.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley.]
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-authors
"You said sorry without
understanding why,
that is when I should've known,
I needed to let you go."

This has nothing to do with modern relationships. Yes, the narrator tried Tinder. They text, hang out, bla. Her "squad" even suggest to try out Bumble instead. Kapoor's understanding of romance seems like she's seen one too many chick flicks or hung around Instagram for too long. The situation told here is one many people have experienced in this digital era, so this book feels like another meme.

By t
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
There were profound moments (especially after the relationship starts to unravel; the in-love part is so saccharine that I could vomit) but the similes in this prose are atrocious. Is the author really in her 30s? Hard to believe. I attended the book launch for this and I follow the author on Instagram. She’s better at sticky one-liners than an entire book. Maybe now I’ll be unfollowing her?
Nathaniel Darkish
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book of poetry. I tend to like it when a collection follows a single narrative thread from beginning to end. This narrative thread, though not original (it's the story of getting together and then breaking up) is very relatable and is explored in a way that is modern, with the use of technology and cultural references (that are very Gen Y/Millenial) as both a point of reference and in the way the poetry is presented. This could easily be hokey, but I really enjoyed it here. ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
" anyone who struggles to talk about love and heartbreak, I hope you find the power in your vulnerability. It is okay to feel something; there is even strength in it."

"Watching 'our shows' without you, / that is moving on."

"Growing up, / love felt like a superstition / a fantasy I should not / indulge in. / Then you came along / providing me faith in something / I had given up on. / If they ask me, What is love?, / all I can say is, you. / For when we met, / it finally made sense / what oth
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“In a world so determined
to sort us in boxes-
are you happy or sad
a morning person or night
woke warrior or shy
brown or white?

In a world that forgets
how ridiculous it is for a being
to be just one thing
when we are stardust and earth,
ashes and flowers,
all mangled together.

In a world that demands
I piece myself apart
to claim one identity or another,
I only find myself whole, here
with you, I can be everything,
I can be me.”
“Love me like the ocean loves the shore
sometimes hard, sometimes gentle
retreating a bit to let her breathe
but never too far, never for long”
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