book review: i love my love by reyna biddy

*** i received an eARC of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewi love my love.jpg

amazon summary:

In short, poignant verses, Reyna Biddy’s poems explore pain, emotional reckoning, and the power of self-love.

The debut collection from 22-year-old poet Reyna Biddy, I Love My Love tells the story of Reyna’s childhood, her parents’ toxic relationship, and how, against all odds, she learned to love herself.

my thoughts:

i was really excited when i first stumbled across this book but in all honesty, i ended feeling a bit underwhelmed by it. this really was just a very hit or miss book for me; there were some poems i absolutely loved, while there were others that i just couldn’t really connect with, whether it be because of the content or the overall format.  but that is not to say that reyna biddy is a bad writer, or that i didn’t love the themes within the poems, and the message that the author was trying to convey.  it was raw. it was unapologetic. it was messy. it was heartbreaking. but ultimately, it was very real & empowering. reyna certainly did not hold back, & i admire her for that.  i also loved that this collection focused on love, and how complex it can be in all its different forms.

this really was a very emotional and expressive book, written by a very passionate and strong woman, but unfortunately it just really wasn’t my cup of tea. however, i do think that reyna really is a talented writer & i would certainly be open to reading more of her work in the future!

my rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 ‘s

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