Chronicling the complexities, joys, and challenges of this transitional phase of life, Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better is a powerful, deeply affecting work that pierces your heart with its refreshing candor and vulnerability. A poignant exploration of self-image, self-discovery, and self-reflection, this anthology brilliantly captures the universal experience of growing up, and you are bound to find yourself reflected in these glimmering pages.

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Madisen Kuhn has written my favorite poetry book so far. I’d never related to more stories, pain and growth like I did with this book. Some pieces were just too accurate and others were just what I needed. Illustrated with simply amazing drawings Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better is a heart wrenching book filled with poetry pieces about loving, hurting, knowing that sometimes you are hard to love, how you’re loving and sacrificing things for someone who might not love you back and learning to be alone.
— Claudia,
‘Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better’ is a testament to us twenty-somethings trying find ourselves and the heart ache we experience along with way. I’ve been a fan of Madisen’s since before ‘eighteen years’ and her writing, while more mature, hits home, drawing tears from my eyes. Buy this book. You will not regret it.
— Tristen, Amazon Customer
This book is full of words and stories and phrases that make you pause and appreciate the emotion behind them. I cried, I smiled, I took photos of my favorites and sent them to my friends. This is my favorite collection of poems to date. Madisen has a way with words that just doesn’t compare.
— Michaela Emrich, Amazon customer
This has been my favorite poetry release of the year thus far. I highly recommend for both poetry aficionados as well as novices. This is a delightful, deep book which you will find reading over and over
— Anonymous, Barnes & Noble Customer
I loved every page of this book. Madisen has a way with words that makes even the worst parts of life seem beautiful.
— Liliana Rekdahl, Amazon Customer
This book is my whole soul, my heart, my home.
I love Madisen and everything she represents. I am so profoundly in awe how raw she can be, she holds nothing back and lays it out on the table...I feel this book to my core and I will always cherish it.
— McKayla Debonis, Goodreads Member
Madisen’s sophomore book speaks volumes in her growth. Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better will take you on the journey of growing up even in the most difficult times. Presents the struggles of mental health, but overcoming them in magical ways. It’s about taking risks and having to distance yourself from those you love, only then will you really find each other again. This book is suited for readers of any age and I HIGHLY recommend to bask in the wisdom this work offers.
— Zane Schechterle, Amazon Customer
While reading through it, it made me feel so warm and understood. I felt such a deep connection with each page. Even if i could not directly relate to a poem, i still felt a sense of understanding. Madisen uses such beautiful detailed description - it paints such a dreamy nostalgic film in my mind. Often by the time i finished a poem or a journal like entry i had my jaw dropped. There were lines that i had to read over and over again because it just really struck a nerve with my emotions.
— Margarite Ranieri, Barnes & Noble Customer

Photos by M. Yandró