Friday 10 April 2020

Review: Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace

"more forgetting time.
more midnight dances with yourself."
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.

Review: I feel like I had waited for this book forever but let me tell you... it was worth the wait. I stormed my way through the pages. This book is beautifully structured and just so thoughtfully illustrated. As soon as I finished I turned back to the beginning to read it again just so I could take in how well each of the illustrations fit with each of the pages. 

This is a Cinderella retelling only this time we have a storyteller telling us one thing and a fairy godmother telling us something else. I really liked the way there was this almost dialogue going through the book and the person telling us the story and the fairy godmother has a lot to say about society and identity. This book also says a lot about fairytales and the way little girls are brought up with the princesses and little boys are brought up with the prince charmings and the damage that can cause and the troubling images those ideals can project. 

I loved what this collection of poems had to say about female friendship, about identity and body image. I also liked how it touched on how society reacts when women stand up for themselves both publicly and privately. Amanda Lovelace is a fellow book lover and this always comes across in her poems and in her books in general and this is true of this collection as well. I love what she has to say about books and coffee and I love the way she has taken the fairytales that we all grew up reading/having read to us and changed the narrative to reflect the world we live in today. 

I really recommend this poetry collection and I think the message of self-care in all its forms is especially pertinent today. (This book was published in March 2020)

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