I read the other two books by this author not that long ago and I was excited for this book. So, when I saw it on Netgalley I couldn’t resist requesting it, it meant I could read it immediately and not have to wait a few more months.
First up, I love the content page: The Sky, The Shipwreck, The Song, The Surviving.
This was for me the weakest book of the three. Which also has to do with my own comfort levels. I saw the warning at the beginning (thank you for that), I knew what would happen, but as a year resolution I wanted to push my boundaries a bit more. Now I am kind of crawling back and wishing I hadn’t done it. There are just a few things that I truly cannot read, never will be able to read. Child abuse. Rape.
There were still other poems/verses/whatever you want to call it that this was, and while I did like them at points, they didn’t strike an emotional chord as the second one did so so much. Which is a shame, I was kind of hoping that would happen again.
I did like that not only were these poems about things that happened (in childhoods or through the years), but also about healing, about getting better, about getting stronger.
I adored those Romeo and Juliet stories though. I loved those various worlds, various situations.
I loved the (broken-up) poems/verses/etc. more than those lumps of text without much punctuation.
This book also features work by others on the theme. I did like their messages, but… and how to explain this, it just didn’t work for me. Poems/verses/etc. are still hit and miss to me, and with Amanda Lovelace I found someone whose poetry I liked, she writes in a style that is perfect for me, however the guest writers just didn’t have that spark, or at least most of them. That feel. Maybe someone else will love them, and again, I did love their messages, but the poetry just missed something.
All in all, I still was fascinated and in awe of this book, it is an important one to read, and I am sure that, while it didn’t strike such a chord with me, it will for someone else. Someone else will be able to use the words written down in this book.