February has been an eventful month. This month, I graduated, I had my recognition rights, and it was also my birth month. Needless to say, I was swamped with tasks and dinner invites. With that, I only read 3 books and I only liked 1 of them. I wrote reviews for these books and you can check them out if you want to read a longer version of my thoughts.
This is a poetry collection that empowers its readers to fight and survive. Having four main parts: Princess, Damsel, Queen, and You, this collection is comprised of emotional and painful pieces that will punch you in the gut but will leave nothing else.
Although the message and the emotions are there, the pieces in this collection are not actually poems. Those were not poems, those were just sentences with line cuts. With poetry, you have to have imagery, sound, and tension, and these were not present in Amanda Lovelace’s so called poems. These “poems” are the type of lines you see in a young adult book, not a poetry collection.
The message and emotions are there, but the form was lackluster. The pieces are empowering but the poetry itself was weak.
Following a suicidal teenager as she looks for ways to kill herself, this book tackles issues such as depression, longing, finding oneself, and falling in love. The main character, Aysel, has depression and she cannot get rid of this black slug in her body, mind, and life so she resorts to the easiest and fastest way out: Suicide. Little did she know that on her way to ending her life, she finds someone who will bring new meaning and perspective to her miserable life.
This started out as a serious and profound discussion on what it feels like living with a mental illness. The way Jasmine Warga described having depression and the feeling of hopelessness was painfully accurate. However, things had a wrong turn when this book turned to a typical formulaic young adult novel.
My Heart and Other Black Holes tried to be philosophical and deep but it just ended as a typical Y.A. novel that shows you that there is color in this life if someone catches your heart and life.
Ruta Sepetys once again gives a spotlight to one of the infamous tragedies in man’s history: World War II. Similar to Between Shades of Gray, her second World War II novel does not focus on the Germans, Jews, and Polish only. She also included a Lithuanian character. Salt to the Sea follows 4 main characters as they try to survive during a time when almost anyone can draw their last breath.
This book shows the brutality of the second World War through the eyes of four characters that have embedded themselves in your mind and heart that it is difficult to let go. Dark, yet full of heart, Sepetys shows the desperation, the pain, the suffering during these dark days through sentences webbed together to create a masterful work called Salt to the Sea.
Well that was a pretty short and quick wrap-up. You can click on the individual titles to read my longer and full reviews on them.
I hope March will be a better reading month for me, though!