Publication date: 26th September 2017
My rating: ★★☆☆☆
Goodreads rating: 4.17
Genre: poetry, Nonfiction
I received an e-arc of this book from the publishers Penguin via NetGalley. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by receiving a gifted copy of this book in any way. I would like to thank the publishers, NetGalley and the author Yrsa Daley-Ward.
*Trigger Warnings – rape, molestation, abuse, domestic violence, infidelity, alcoholism, sexual content, death, prostitution and suicidal thoughts*
Overall Opinion of the book:
Overall this was a very interesting book and I liked the mixture of poetry and prose. It was written well, but I just didn’t connect to the book as a whole as much as I hoped. There were parts that were moving, interesting and insightful. There were some poems in particular that were particularly powerful in this collection, but overall the book didn’t resonate with me as much as I hoped it would.
It’s clear that the author has been very honest and raw, and there are parts of the book that discuss some particularly sensitive and traumatic topics which you may want to bear in mind prior to reading. Her words are full of emotion and it is clear this collection is written from the heart and some parts of this book are quite emotional and difficult to read at times.
There are many religious aspects to the book where Daley-Ward discusses her experiences with Christianity and the church. I didn’t personally enjoy these parts or felt fully engaged with them as much as other aspects of the book. This is a personal preference however and others may very much enjoy this. It was interesting how she challenges religion’s archaic views of the LGBTQIA+ community however. The parts in which Daley-Ward discusses her heritage and background were interesting and my favourite parts to the book as a whole.
She discusses real love and shows the ups and down’s of this, there is also LGBTQIA+ rep. The book also talks about mental health in an honest way and seeking help when needed, which is good as it raise awareness of the importance of this.
Overall the spelling, punctuation and grammar was pretty much spot on, but the word ‘gotten’ was used when in UK English ‘got’ would be the correct term. I know I’m being picky here!
Although this book didn’t resonate me in the same way that other collections have, it was still an interesting read. I commend Daley-Ward’s honesty in talking about her past and also her experiences with religion. I’d definitely recommend reading this and feel as though this book will help many people. The writing is raw, emotional and I enjoyed the poetry in particular.
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