*I received a free ARC of this novel, with thanks to the author, Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: In these pages, you will find journeys from childhood to today, from mental illness to recovery, from heartbreak to heart growth, from hopelessness to empowerment, and from the ocean to the stars.
Emily Juniper’s writing is poetry for the social media setting, and this collection showcases this format, providing a free-flow of short poems, snippets and one-liners that are perfect for pairing with a beautiful backdrop and sharing with your friends.
There is a running theme of mental health, specifically in relation to OCD and depression, but the subject matter ranges widely across love, loss, politics, the world around us and the worlds within us.
Whilst the style and language are quite simple and straightforward, the poet doesn’t shy away from complex and emotional topics and presents her thoughts in a format that is direct, honest and intimate. The reader feels that they have been invited to witness the inner workings of the author’s busy mind; that the purpose of the writing is connection, rather than self-conscious cleverness.
This collection really resonated with me. The thoughts and feelings felt familiar, and the overall message of hope, strength and optimism left me feeling understood and uplifted. Responses to poetry tend to be deeply personal, but if you are interested in any of the themes explored here and enjoy short, inspirational (quotable) poetry then you are likely to find poems here that resonate with you.
Sometimes gifts look questionable until unwrapped. Sometimes bad things happen and good things spring from them. Sometimes gifts are as strange as they are beautiful.
– Emily Juniper, from the author’s foreword in A Strangely-Wrapped Gift
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