Monday, January 13, 2020

Poisoned Apples - Christina Heppermann

Title: Poisoned Apples
Author: Christina Heppermann
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5 Stars

Once upon a time...
you were a princess,
or an orphan.
A wicked witch,
fairy godmother,
prom queen,
team captain,
Big Bad Wolf,
Little Bo Peep.
But you are more than just a hero or
a villain, cursed or charmed. You are
everything in between.
You are everything.

In fifty poems Christine Heppermann places fairy tales side by side with the modern teenage girl. Powerful and provocative, deadly funny and deadly serious, this collection is one to read, to share, to treasure, and to come back to again and again.

This is going to be, possibly, my shortest review to date. It's tougher to review poetry, but here goes. 

This collection of poetry was, hands down, one of the best poetry books I've read to date.  I read a decent amount of poetry in college, and this book easily ranks as one of my favorite poetry collections now! 

The poems in this book are dark. They are a bit twisted.  They cover topics like bullying, eating disorders, and so much more. They do it in a way that is unique and that *I've* never seen before.  Heppermann writes these poems in a way that draws the reader in and makes them want to compulsively read this book, and reach out and give all the struggling teens a big hug.

Christine Heppermann manages to take fairy tales and blend them together with major issues into what is a truly fantastic collection of poems.  You wouldn't think that blending fairy tales in to the harsh reality of actual life would work, but Heppermann has found a way to do it in this book - and does it ever work!

The photographs throughout this book fit so well with the theme and with the poems.  They are stunning and work so well.

If you can handle dark, if you can handle a bit twisted, this is a poetry collection I would absolutely recommend reading.


If you've already read this book, let me know what you think down in the comments!

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