Summary (from the publisher):
amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
I am a firm believer that everyone needs to read a poetry collection now & then (or more often than that, if that’s your reading jam). One of my go-to authors for when I’m in a poetry mood is amanda lovelace. I really enjoyed the princess saves herself in this one and the witch doesn’t burn in this one, the first two books in the women are some kind of magic series. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review her upcoming collection, break your glass slippers. break your glass slippers is the first book in amanda’s latest series, you are your own fairytale, and this first collection puts a spin on Cinderella.
I’m so happy I read break your glass slippers when I did. As soon I finished reading it, I found myself going back to the beginning and rereading so many of the poems. amanda lovelace covers a wide range of sensitive topics, including abuse, toxic relationships and friendships, sexual harassment, eating disorders, trauma, fatphobia, and suicide. All of these topics are forewarned in the very beginning, with reminders to practice self-care and self-love while reading.
The collection is split into three sections. The first section spoke as the most Cinderella retelling-like to me, as about half of the poems take the form of wisdom from the fairy godmother. I especially loved the poems from the fairy godmother. This section is especially focused on the protagonist’s very toxic relationship, something I could not necessarily realte to but still appreciate obviously that amanda lovelace writes about this hard, but very real topic.Yet, there are many universal themes that all types of readers may be able to relate within this section. Although the toxic relationship does take focus, there were so many poems I particularly loved about self-care, self-love, and female friendship.
I found myself relating to so many poems in the second part especially. There are so many amazing poems about female strength and not giving up on your dreams and goals. Near the end of the second part, I page marked six poems back-to-back! I loved how much they resonated with me at this point in my life right now, and I feel like I can revisit again and again for confidence and inspiration. This goes for all the sections, but I also loved any mention of coffee (especially pumpkin spice).
Aside from the poems of course, another thing I absolutely loved about break your glass slippers are the illustrations. There’s a lot of fairytale imagery (if the title didn’t give it away), but also depictions of girls of all different sizes. While about Cinderella of course, there is an illustration of a girl that reminded me so much of Belle! Another illustration that I could especially relate to was a girl writing, coffee and headphones of course in tow.
Overall, break your glass slippers is my new favorite poetry collection from amanda lovelace. What I appreciate most about this collection is that there is something for all readers to relate to. I also feel that readers can relate to something that they hadn’t before upon rereading it. break your glass slippers makes me really excited for this new series and reminds me that I need to read the mermaid doesn’t lose her voice in this one soon!
break your glass slippers comes out on March 17th, 2020.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for review. By no means did this affect my thoughts or opinions.
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