Thank you to Andrews McMeel and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: child abuse, friendships, relationships, sexual harassment, eating disorders, body image issues, suicide, trauma, grief.
Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
You all know how much I admire Amanda Lovelace’s work, but I have never given her a 5-star rating before, until Break Your Glass Slippers.
This collection, you guys! It finally feels like Lovelace has crawled into my brain and wrote down all the tiny little thoughts that I don’t want anyone else to know I think about, put her replies to them on paper, and sent it to her publisher. That sounds dramatic, but what’s really extra of me is I probably screen shot about half of her pages just so that when I finally get my hands on a physical copy, I can go back and flag all my favorite poems.
Lovelace’s introductory publication for her You Are Your Own Fairy Tale collection is broken down into three sections, simply titled i, ii, iii. She notes in her preface her customary trigger warning for the entire book, as well as shares that her inspiration comes from the fairy tale, Cinderella (if you couldn’t guess by the title). I, like many little kids from the 1990s, loved watching Disney’s Cinderella movie, so I was really excited to see how Lovelace would twist the poetry to fit the theme.
What she came up with, and what hit me with the most force, is that there are alternating poems titled “Fairy Godmother Says”, followed by a poem that reads like words of advice from… well, a fairy godmother. Mixed with equal measure are poems traditional of Lovelace, in which she contemplates relationships, self worth, body image, family relationships, feminism, and a slew of other current topics that are simple but powerful. I know Lovelace gets slapped around by critics about her poetry, but clearly her readers and those like myself feel something when they read it- and that to me is what poetry is for: to feel some emotional connection to the words. I didn’t cry, but I certainly commiserated with my fellow reader (Hey Amber!) about the sucker-punches we each felt while reading lines such as,
“it’s not an easy thing to accept yourself the way you are.
some people spend their entire lives trying to master it.
but if anyone is strong enough to face the challenge,
The conclusion: add this one to your list of auto-buys if you love modern poetry or Lovelace’s work, because in my opinion, Break Your Glass Slippers is her best collection yet.
Published: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
TL/DR: Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace is a new collection of poetry inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella.
Read it? YES.
Recommend it? YES.
Buy it? YES!
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