Monday, September 8, 2014

Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty
Author: Christine Heppermann
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
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I usually don’t review poetry or short stories. I like reading them but I have a hard time justifying what I liked or didn’t in the short format. In poetry especially, I find myself making snap judgments. I either love it or I hate it, there is no in between. Christine Heppermann’s novel Poisoned Apples: Poems For You, My Pretty was no different I found myself either loving or hating each poem.

The poems were loosely based on fairytales which was one of the aspects that I really enjoyed. I liked that the author took something fantastical and brought it to the modern day struggles of teens.

The poems dealt with topics such as body image, eating disorders, substance abuse, and many other issues. I found myself really loving the poems that dealt with substance abuse and not really caring for the ones that dealt with eating disorders or confidence issues. Probably because I just couldn’t relate to the subject matter.

And therein lays the crux for why I enjoy some poems and hate others. Relatability. Either the subject matter speaks to you or it doesn’t. Some of Heppermann’s poems spoke to me while some fell flat. I think reading these poems will be a unique experience for each reader and if you’re looking for something different this might just be that something.

Overall, Poisoned Apples was a very quick read (under an hour for me). And if you like poetry or fairy tales this might just be the book for you!