Break Your Glass Slippers is a poetry collection by Amanda Lovelace. It is also the first book within a bigger collection named You Are Your Own Fairy Tale. I have read the previous Amanda Lovelace’s collection and loved them very much – especially The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One and The Princess Saves Herself in this One. So, it is not surprising to say that I was excited when I got the opportunity to read this book.
„so often we are our own true love.“
can be a form of self-care“
The book is divided into three parts which are unnamed and solely marked by numbers. The first part deals with self-esteem, confidence and growth. It gives of a feeling like you are reading a diary of a very sad and poetic teenage girl. That is in no way a bad thing. It actually makes understanding the emotions and boding with the author easier.
„there are time when she sees another girl
the train or in a magazine & she can’t be sure
what she wants to do:
- become her
- be her best friend
- kiss her
„fairy godmother says
he may have a pretty face
but that doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous.“
In the second part of the book we are confronted with an established woman who has realized that sometimes she herself is enough. Through the poems she shows her new-found strength.
„i hereby grant myself
to not be strong
all of the time.
i also grant myself
to not be soft
all of the time.
i’m allowed to
just simply be.
The third part of the book is very short and it contains only the „introduction“. I like the message this sends. I could of course be wrong. My interpretation is that after in a way freeing herself in the second part of the book, there isn’t anything more to be said. It is all on you. It pushes you to think and change thing for yourself.
What do you think? What is your interpretation?
I adore the artwork in this book. The simplicity of it fits the poetry perfectly.
As usual, Lovelace’s poems are strong, they carry emotional power that isn’t often found in modern poetry. They are beautiful and utterly enjoyable.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.