Hello Creatures !
It’s once again time for a book review. Today I am going to be reviewing “Leave This Song Behind” by John Meyer. First off this is a poetry book written by all kinda of different authors. Now I would like to also say that this is a step on my reading goals, which is to read more poetry and to read more on my kindle, and I killed two birds with one stone for this one. This will be my second poetry read ! I received this book from NetGalley, so thank you so much to them ! Now let jump right into to.
Title : Leave This Song Behind
Author : John Meyer
Genre : Young Adult Poetry
Publisher : Hci
Rating : 4 stars
It’s been 10 years since the last book in the Teen Ink series Written in the Dirt was published. Now, a whole new batch of teen writers has emerged with their own unique voices. Leave This Song Behind features the best poetry submitted by those writers to Teen Ink over the last five years. The pieces in this book were chosen because they were so powerful that they stood out from the rest. Teen Ink editors took a deep look into each poem’s strengths then divided Leave This Song Behind into seven sections based on the poetic techniques or qualities that moved them most. Vivid sensory details made some poems shine; others caught their attention with simple, sparse language. Still others were chosen because of their thoughtful use of form; compelling stories; strong figurative language; unexpected connections and wit; and fresh writing about familiar topics.
Dig in and let these brave young voices capture your heart and mind with their passion, their pain, and their amazing poetry
First of all, guys it’s happened ! Finally a book over a 3 star rating !! I will say though, going into this book I went in with the mindset of someone in senior year of highschool. You know that fun time where you scared shitless, and have no idea where to go or where you want to go. Yeah that was me, and I re visited that version of myself for this book. And I think when going into this one, it’s best to put yourself there, I just think it makes the poetry more meaningful. It’s beautiful on it’s own but it just adds to it when you’re in the mindset.
I thought this book was so beautiful. I thought a lot of these poems would have helped me through highschool itself but also the transition year afterwards. The writing is just gorgeous in all the poems. I might have not connected with every poem but the writing was still gorgeous non the less.
The thing with this book is that it leaves no situation out. There are poems that cover mental illness,race issues, coming out, self doubt, family issues, loss, friendship, it literally covers all the situations and troubles a person will experience in highschool. And I thought that was so important. There really isn’t enough literature out there for teens where it relates to them. Especially with race and sexuality and seeing this so well done made me really happy for those teens who will need it. They will have it. They will receive the understanding in books that they need, and I think it’s about time.
Another thing I think that really adds to this book is that all these poems are student submitted. So when other people read this book they will know off hand that this person went through this exact thing, and they aren’t alone in whatever battle it may be.
I took off a star only because I thought some of the poems probably would have been suited a little better for a different book. I think they were good but just oddly placed in this book, meaning they had themes and meanings that in a way ruined the deepness of the rest.
*Disclaimer, all thoughts and opinions are my own, I am not receiving any type of payment for this review*
Over all I think this book has a lot of meaning and help for teens and I really enjoyed it. Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought of it.
Love & Rockets