My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved the description for this book (not to mention the cover) and read it quickly straight through, then went back to savor some of the poems again. I dog-eared my favorite pages (yes, I do that), and I have two that really stood out to me “The Never Ending Story” which was heart-breaking in its description of anorexia, and “To My Sheep, Wherever You Are” because I work at a library and it made me laugh. There were several that I loved, and only a few that were just meh to me; overall a really solid collection. Some poems were quite clever, spun in a way I’d never have imagined, such as the magazine retelling or the “If Tampons Were For Guys”. I enjoyed the comparison between modern day beauty standards and fairytales, between young women and these fantastical beings, although I wish there’d been even more of a fairytale aspect to some of them. I’d recommend this to lovers of poetry OR fairytales. I think it’s a sharp, lovely combination of the two, told in subtly powerful way, both funny and tragic. I’m definitely a fan of Christine Heppermann after reading this book. Oh, and did I mention the amazing photographs and artwork inside? Gorgeous, haunting book I will definitely read again.