– i believe in you.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult Poetry
Published originally: April 23rd, 2016
Published again: February 14th, 2017
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. (Goodreads)
In case you’re wondering what’s with the publish date, I asked the same thing (and thankfully someone explained it to me because I had no idea what the heck was going on)- apparently, she self-published the book in 2016, and a publisher has picked it up, to be published in 2017. Which is why I was able to get a copy from Netgalley.
The writing was excellentè!
The writing was so different and yet so gorgeous. Although- I suppose it is technically poetry, but this is where the conflict comes in. It is classified as poetry, but I saw it more like just writing in verse, because that’s what I’m used to and this would be quite informal for poetry. However, it was still quite interesting, and I feel like the writing being all lowercase added to the… Ambiance, I suppose?
The story was heartbreaking.
I was in a public place the whole time I was reading this book. I was struggling very hard to not cry. It was incredibly difficult. I’m rather astonished I didn’t.
Whoosh! Wait, where did the book go?
Into the never-ending depths of Amy’s crazy pit of a mind, that’s where.
The whole book just went so fast. It was like- Oh, look at this sweet little book of poetry!
Dear Lord, I’m going to cry. Please don’t cry. Please don’t cry. Please don’t cry. *fans face*
Wait, what? That’s the end? It wasn’t a good thing or a bad thing, it just really surprised me. I probably read this book over the course of a couple hours? Ish? In any case, it was extremely fast, and I almost felt like I had to read it again because of how quickly it went.
I was vastly confused for a rather large chunk of the book.
I didn’t actually understand that all of them were the same person until I got to the third portion of the book. I didn’t connect a lot of the dots. And then I felt like I had to reread that part because of how confused and disconnected I was.
Even though I didn’t really feel like it was poetry, it really wasn’t a story.
There wasn’t really a plot, and although there are some characters, there is a ton of feeling and not necessarily a lot of explaining. So it was a book of poetry, not a story, even though it was written like one. Confused? Me too.
In any case, I enjoyed it and I might just need to reread it.
For all of the quickness/confusion faults of this book, it was still very sweet and very emotional. I totally felt for the author as I was reading it, and I think it was very brave and wonderful of her to be able to publish this book.
Have you read this book? Plan to? Thoughts? Do you agree with me on any of these points? Disagree? Let me know down in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think!
Lots of Love, Amy ❤