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BOOK REVIEW: break your glass slippers

break your glass slippers by amanda lovelace
publication date: march 17, 2020

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Processed with VSCO with c1 preset This is Amanda Lovelace’s latest collection which takes the Cinderella story and turns it into a collection of poetry and gives Cinderella her own agency. This is a short review because I don’t have much to say about this one! I enjoyed it and if you like modern poetry, you should check it out! We did a poetry recommendation post awhile back if you want to check it out here.

 

SYNOPSIS:

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.

WHAT I LOVED:

  • I love how this is a Cinderella retelling (reimagining?). Amanda has used elements of fairy tales in her work before, but this story is more direct linear narrative
    • It also follows the after of “happily ever after”
  • The illustrations are gorgeous. Check out the artist on Instagram here.
    • I love how all the illustrations follow the same color palette too
  • How empowering this collection is
    • This almost reads like a sequel to the princess saves herself in this one
      • Tbh I read that years ago so maybe I am imagining things
  • I loved the messages of self love and becoming your own hero
  • I also always appreciate a retelling of a story that gives the girl main character more agency in her story and focuses on other aspects than finding love

WHAT I DID NOT LOVE:

  • Some of the poems seemed a bit repetitive, but honestly they have a good message so it is good to reenforce, but it turned into a lot, especially if you do not need/want to hear those messages
  • More of a critique of Lovelace, but I think a lot of her work is very similar and I would like to see her do something new and be more innovative in her poetry
    • This reimagining is a new things, but many of the poems are similar in form and theme to much of her other work.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this collection and will have to reread it and write out my favorite quotes (once I have some free time)

5/5 stars

*Thank you to Book Sparks for a copy of this book & NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

Goodreads link: break your glass slippers

xoxo, Tree

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