Amanda Lovelace’s Break Your Glass Slippers is a collection of fiction poetry focusing on the idea of a woman making her own fairy tales in life.
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This collection of poetry is themed around female inner strength, self-confidence, and self-love. The poems are accessible and easy to understand, and quite short. Various drawings and doodles are also included throughout the collection.
As you can tell by my rating, I did not enjoy this book. I’ll start with a caveat – I do not read much poetry. The last poetry collection I read was Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers over a year ago (which I loved, for the record). I’m intrigued by the idea of poetry, but it can feel daunting to try such a unique genre, to fear that you won’t understand the message in a more abstract writing form.
My disinterest (more-so this than active dislike) with this poetry collection does not have to do with an inability to grasp the meanings of the poems. Quite the opposite in some ways, in fact – the poems were so surface-level and transparent that I became detached and uninspired quickly.
While a small handful of poems did speak to me, I feel that the collection as a whole is painfully plain. There is a clear attempt at speaking to all women, to communicating universal experiences that we can all identify with. Unfortunately, this made the messages so vanilla and uninteresting. Further, I saw an attempt at a feminist, “girl power” theme, but it was so broad and unspecific that it really didn’t speak to me at all.
At its heart, I have faith that this collection attempts to spread positivity and confidence in women. This mission falls flat for me. If these poems speak to you, I’m so happy for you! It didn’t work for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Ultimately, I highly recommend the far more touching, honest (and eerily similar, in terms of format and imagery…) poetry collections by author Rupi Kaur.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on Break Your Glass Slippers. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this poetry collection in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!