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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Jalaysha Malik’s poetry collection Salted Caramel brings to life the past, present, and future of African Americans, each with their own chapter. The poet pours out their journey and tribulations and uses first person to do so. Her words don’t hold back, and they shouldn’t. It is a short read, but what she is able to do is place everyone who reads it into a person’s body that has been caged throughout the centuries, by several means. The artwork that accompanies each poem fits the material like a fine tailored suit.
At the age of seventeen, Jalaysha Malik is already on her way to becoming a great poet. I have no doubt that this collection of poetry is only the beginning of a very successful career in writing. The author has an inspiring way of moving people with her words and paints a picture of a world that some have tried to leave in the past, but it is a world that should not be buried, nor should it ever be forgotten. The language has a bit of rhyme to it, which I’m not always keen on unless it is done very well, which I believe is true in Salted Caramel. I would recommend Jalaysha Malik’s Salted Caramel highly, perhaps even for possible reading material in college courses. I definitely feel that people would be able to benefit from this collection and perhaps Jalaysha Malik’s words will even be strong enough to change the minds of those that are still ignorant.