I was kindly provided with an e-arc of this book via NetGalley.
Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace is Lovelace’s latest poetry book due to come out 17th March 2020.
Before I get into the review; Lovelace provided some trigger warnings at the beginning of the book that I wanted to share at the beginning of this post as a content warning. Break Your Glass Slippers contains sensitive material relating to: child abuse, toxic friendships, toxic romantic relationships, sexual harrassment, eating disorders, fatphobia, suicide, trauma and more.
“more forgetting time.
more midnight dances with yourself.”
amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince.
I am a huge fan of Amanda Lovelace and her poetry and I adore all of her work. This collection was no different for me. It was slightly different in that this is a sort of fairy tale retelling and it was something that I really enjoyed.
The first part of the collection follows a loose structure of Cinderella hearing things about her from other people such as the stepmother and Prince Charming and then Cinderella believing the awful things they said about her. She then begins to tell herself these things over and over again before the fairy Godmother intervenes. It then becomes a back and forth between Cinderella and the fairy Godmother.
‘she wonders why she can’t be magical either way’
‘You are not a thing
that can ever be
The fairy mother counteracts everything Cinderella thinks about herself. Through doing this, and channeling the positivity into Cinderella’s negative thoughts, her subconscious thoughts about herself start to change.
Lovelace’s collection always leave me feeling validated and a little more confident in myself. I have many of the same thoughts as Cinderella throughout this, and as I was reading the collection, I felt as if the fairy Godmother was also telling me how strong I am. Lovelace’s writing is full of inspiring and beautiful words about the importance of self care and self love; while also showing us why so many people struggling with body image. In Break Your Glass Slippers, Lovelace does this by using the stepmother or the Prince Charming to show how sometimes the people around us can be toxic and we can sometimes lose ourselves in their untrue words.
‘There can never be
Too many dreams’
The second part of the collection is where the fairy Godmother disappears. It appears that she is no longer needed because her magic has worked and Cinderella has rediscovered her own magic. Cinderella has been shown her own selfworth again and she has been taught to love herself and believe in herself yet again. She has transformed, instead of into a princess, into a woman who is full of selflove and a woman who has dealt with things she had refused to deal with before.
I give this collection a 5/5 stars.
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