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"You cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself." This book poses the ever-lingering question: What happens when someone dies before they're able to redeem themselves? From the bestselling & award-winning poetess, amanda lovelace, comes the finale of her illustrated duology, "things that h(a)unt." In the first installment, to make "You cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself." This book poses the ever-lingering question: What happens when someone dies before they're able to redeem themselves? From the bestselling & award-winning poetess, amanda lovelace, comes the finale of her illustrated duology, "things that h(a)unt." In the first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explored the memory of being in a toxic romantic relationship. In to drink coffee with a ghost, lovelace unravels the memory of the complicated relationship she had with her now-deceased mother.


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"You cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself." This book poses the ever-lingering question: What happens when someone dies before they're able to redeem themselves? From the bestselling & award-winning poetess, amanda lovelace, comes the finale of her illustrated duology, "things that h(a)unt." In the first installment, to make "You cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself." This book poses the ever-lingering question: What happens when someone dies before they're able to redeem themselves? From the bestselling & award-winning poetess, amanda lovelace, comes the finale of her illustrated duology, "things that h(a)unt." In the first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explored the memory of being in a toxic romantic relationship. In to drink coffee with a ghost, lovelace unravels the memory of the complicated relationship she had with her now-deceased mother.

30 review for To Drink Coffee with a Ghost

  1. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    ...remember back when we always stayed up way too late watching our favorite ghost shows on tv? - now you’re the ghost story & i can’t bring myself to watch those shows anymore. This poetry collection was focused on the authors relationship with her mother. A relationship that was complicated and full of pain. I liked this one better than the first first book in this series which about being in a toxic relationship. To drink coffee with a ghost explores the damage someone, who is supposed ...remember back when we always stayed up way too late watching our favorite ghost shows on tv? - now you’re the ghost story & i can’t bring myself to watch those shows anymore. This poetry collection was focused on the authors relationship with her mother. A relationship that was complicated and full of pain. I liked this one better than the first first book in this series which about being in a toxic relationship. To drink coffee with a ghost explores the damage someone, who is supposed to love and care for you, can do. The poems were beautiful and heartbreaking. And really captured the conflicted feelings of the author, who both hated and loved her mother. I have been reading Lovelace's poetry collections since the first one came out and with each new release I become more and more addicted. __ My reviews for: #1 To Make Monsters out of Girls

  2. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    What another wonderful collection by Amanda Lovelace. Centered around grief, a mother’s love and pain, generational trauma, and found family, this collection brought peace to me and reminded me that I’m not alone in my thoughts. Amanda delivers her poetry in a way that brings comfort to their readers who were looking for a mirror to see themselves in while also taking readers on a journey through a piece of Amanda’s life that’s utterly unique. Her raw and ethereal writing never fails to inspire What another wonderful collection by Amanda Lovelace. Centered around grief, a mother’s love and pain, generational trauma, and found family, this collection brought peace to me and reminded me that I’m not alone in my thoughts. Amanda delivers her poetry in a way that brings comfort to their readers who were looking for a mirror to see themselves in while also taking readers on a journey through a piece of Amanda’s life that’s utterly unique. Her raw and ethereal writing never fails to inspire me and make me want to hug those around me and thank them for the love they have to offer. This is definitely one of my favorite collections by her because it brings forth hope and reminds us that while our past may cut, we must remember that our future has the power to heal. THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    3.75 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read all of Lovelace's collections and I always really enjoy and value them. This one is the second book in the "things that haunt me" series. There are many trigger warnings associated with this book that is stated at the beginning of the collection. (I always appreciate a trigger warnings page.) This collection mainly deals with grief, sexual assault, and loss. This collection you can tell is ver 3.75 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read all of Lovelace's collections and I always really enjoy and value them. This one is the second book in the "things that haunt me" series. There are many trigger warnings associated with this book that is stated at the beginning of the collection. (I always appreciate a trigger warnings page.) This collection mainly deals with grief, sexual assault, and loss. This collection you can tell is very personal to the author as the collection discusses a mother-daughter relationship. It talks about the relationship a child has with their parent and the emotions that go along with not feeling accepted by them. It also deals with grief and we get the perspective of someone who lost a parent and what that is like. This was a great collection about grief and loss, it also explored topics of toxic relationships, the desire for love and acceptance, the danger and impact of words, and the topic of escapism. I really enjoyed how books and tarot cards were referenced and referred to as an escape to help someone cope. My only issues with this were that I felt the ending was a bit abrupt and it felt like it did not have a proper close to the collection. But overall I thought it was a really solid collection with an important message. It also had some beautiful illustrations.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.75 Stars In this new poetry collection author Amanda Lovelace mostly explores the relationship she had with her mother, who has passed away from cancer. All the poems about this theme are quite bittersweet since her mother is a person she loved but in part she also hated. I particularly enjoyed this new book by Lovelace and I must say I liked it more than some of her other works.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "you were never the point to my story. i am." I've had polarizing experiences with lovelace's work, I've either absolutely fallen in love with it ( the princess saves herself in/>"you ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "you were never the point to my story. i am." I've had polarizing experiences with lovelace's work, I've either absolutely fallen in love with it ( the princess saves herself in this one & the witch doesn't burn in this one) or have had them fall flat ( the mermaid's voice returns in this one & to make monsters out of girls). Sadly, this one one falls in line with the last two. This book failed to paint a picture for me. While the theme and the illustrations were there, most pages flipped without a lasting impression. The most impactful parts were the "letters" where the author really delivered emotion. While a couple of lines in a mostly blank page can be truly impactful, lovelace herself has shown herself capable of this is Princess and Witch, I didn't get that feeling this time. Also, spelling 'magic' as 'magick' felt way too contrived and failed to make me do anything other than cringe. I do think this series was cathartic for the author, and you can't help but see the pain on these pages, however I couldn't truly feel it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arybo ✨

    this book spoke so much to me. 💔 RTC

  7. 5 out of 5

    Veronika

    This was beautiful and painful and hopeful and made me feel so much. To drink coffee with a ghost focuses mainly on toxic mother-daughter relationship. Even if I personally couldn’t relate, because I won the lottery in case of my loving and caring mum, these poems touched me somewhere very deep. “i only ever wanted to keep you safe,“ you screamed. “then why didn’t you?“ i cried . - lucid The book is divided into three parts, ghost-mother, ghost-daughter, and sun-showers. First part talks mainly about painf/>- This was beautiful and painful and hopeful and made me feel so much. To drink coffee with a ghost focuses mainly on toxic mother-daughter relationship. Even if I personally couldn’t relate, because I won the lottery in case of my loving and caring mum, these poems touched me somewhere very deep. “i only ever wanted to keep you safe,“ you screamed. “then why didn’t you?“ i cried . - lucid The book is divided into three parts, ghost-mother, ghost-daughter, and sun-showers. First part talks mainly about painful relationship with the mother, second about reality of living without her and slowly becoming your own person and the third part (my favourite, even if the whole book was incredible), about letting go, about sisterhood, loving yourself and being free. It felt like I got to be a part of this family story, to have a look behind the doors, to get to live all the pain and worry, but also the healing and love. Even if I couldn’t relate to mother problems, I definitely related to having a sister, having other half of me I unconditionally love. I had tears in my eyes while I read these poems. when i think of my life without a sister, i suddenly understand what they mean when they say people can die from broken hearts - the worst tragedy of all to underestimate women is bad enough by itself, but i imagine anyone who does must not know many sisters - together, we are strong as hell. The book also has gorgeous illustrations which makes the feel of the book somehow complete and magical. I will definitely be buying this book when it is published in September. Thank you so much Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley for letting me read this amazing book sooner. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    I am giving this book 4.75 stars!! This poetry book was so good!! I love this author so much and I can’t wait to have the finish copy in hands!! The book was also red for the reading especially for the challenge 6 which was Pick a book that has 5 or more words in the title !! Thanks to Netgalley for the e-arc in exchange of my honest review!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love this poetry collection.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    things that h(a)unt series: To Make Monsters Out of Girls: ★★★★★ To Drink Coffee with a Ghost: ★★★★★ Blog | Twitter | Instagram As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. You can find this review here at Booked J. Review found here. Amanda Lovelace does it again. Which is, incidentally, how pretty much every review I've ever written about her poetry starts. So, pretend to be shocked for just a moment. Listen, it's no secret/>To things that h(a)unt series: To Make Monsters Out of Girls: ★★★★★ To Drink Coffee with a Ghost: ★★★★★ Blog | Twitter | Instagram As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. You can find this review here at Booked J. Review found here. Amanda Lovelace does it again. Which is, incidentally, how pretty much every review I've ever written about her poetry starts. So, pretend to be shocked for just a moment. Listen, it's no secret that I'm a massive fan of her works and To Drink Coffee with a Ghost is no less poignant and thought-provoking and utterly raw than any of her other offerings. I adored it. I consumed it. I sat back with a cup of coffee and a little rain and devoured it. If there is one thing I've learned about modern poetry, it is that there is so much said in so little time. Lovelace's signature is this: emotional impact that will leave you feeling any number of things. At times, there's this raw feeling of devastation and pain. In the good times, you feel the joyous way her words lift from the paper and linger in your mind. To Drink Coffee with a Ghost is one of her best and most personal releases yet. The capacity to which she feels, and writes, is so intense that sometimes you have to take a moment to yourself and pause to consider what you've just read or felt. This is self-expression at its most biting. This is a life, flawed and all. As it is with all of Lovelace's work, you see the personal growth that she has undergone in the years--it is easy to connect with her prose because she has the gift of reaching out to her readers in a way that feels personal and not unlike a friend conversing with another friend. The true gift of poetry is being able to express oneself and reach out and touch another. To Drink Coffee with a Ghost is one of those collections that will certainly grip its target audience and then some. Amanda Lovelace proves once again her talent and leaves us anticipating her next collection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Another beautiful poetry collection by Amanda Lovelace! First of all I am OBSESSED with this cover. Like, best cover of 2019 definitely; it is absolutely gorgeous! “To drink coffee with a ghost” is the second collection in the “things that haunt” duology, and this one mainly focuses on grief/loss and complicated family relationships. The poems in this book are often quick and short, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. This isn't my favorite poetry collection by Lovelace (nothing will s Another beautiful poetry collection by Amanda Lovelace! First of all I am OBSESSED with this cover. Like, best cover of 2019 definitely; it is absolutely gorgeous! “To drink coffee with a ghost” is the second collection in the “things that haunt” duology, and this one mainly focuses on grief/loss and complicated family relationships. The poems in this book are often quick and short, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. This isn't my favorite poetry collection by Lovelace (nothing will surpass “the witch doesn’t burn in this one”) but even so I still found poems that I absolutely loved. Lovelace has such a talent for poetry and I love her writing since her poems are always so raw, emotional, and relatable. If you haven’t read her collections yet, go start now! Thank you to Andrews Mcmeel Publishing and Amanda Lovelace for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  12. 5 out of 5

    julie

    This was the best Amanda work so far. I am really enjoying this new series way more than her Women Are Some Kind of Magic one. This really touched my heart and had me tears multiple times. trigger warning: child abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, self-harm, violence, cheating, deah, gore, blood, trauma, grief. *they're all included in the book don't worry. i wish more authors could follow her example and make it simply the normality. These are some of my favorite poems: "the/>"the/>trigger This was the best Amanda work so far. I am really enjoying this new series way more than her Women Are Some Kind of Magic one. This really touched my heart and had me tears multiple times. trigger warning: child abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, self-harm, violence, cheating, deah, gore, blood, trauma, grief. *they're all included in the book don't worry. i wish more authors could follow her example and make it simply the normality. These are some of my favorite poems: "the little girl was so desperate to feel loved, to feel like she existed at all, that she took anything she could get, even if it was nothing but a bunch of make-believe. - don't accept scraps." "you gave my pain a name & it sounded like rebellion, not depression. no one ever bothered to tell you about the sad type of daughter & you did everything possibole not to see her. - blindfold." "most of the time, the person who hurts you is the person who makes your face light up more than the moon at full brightness. they can even be the person who takes you out for your favorite dessert after you've had an awful day. or the person who teaches you the names of crystals, or the person who shows you which offerings to make faeries to get them on your side. - it's not your fault that you trusted them." "you showed me that blood is no competition for the bodies of water between us. - long-distance friendships." "you may be a product of whoever raised you. - you choose. but you belong to nobody except yourself. - your own future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erika Sarutobi

    "you cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself." - it's time to begin the procession. I gotta admit, I cried when I read this. I'm a crybaby when it comes to sad family matters and I even tear up at the happy ones. Anyways, this was really good and I loved it a lot compared to the first book. It mostly focuses on the relationship of the author with her mother that had passed away. It's filled with hurt but "you cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself." - it's time to begin the procession. I gotta admit, I cried when I read this. I'm a crybaby when it comes to sad family matters and I even tear up at the happy ones. Anyways, this was really good and I loved it a lot compared to the first book. It mostly focuses on the relationship of the author with her mother that had passed away. It's filled with hurt but love for her mom regardless of all the things that happened between them. Some parts is her relationship with her sister filled with healing each other and other parts are self worth and small parts are her typical love poems/broken self poems. Some of my favorites: "i wish i had known i was never going to see you again because i would have spent more time clinging to the good we did have instead of clinging to the bad i couldn't change." - what eats me alive. "i'm afraid i'll be just like you. i'm afraid i'll be nothing like you." - my empress in reverse. "people keep asking me if i love you or hate you. the answer has never been as simple as a yes or no. of course i love you, but i hate so much of what you did." - tug of war. and finally: "your comfort is not more important than my journey to healing." - i will never live a life of quiet again. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with the digital copy for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I really enjoyed this collection of poetry! I always enjoy Amanda Lovelace’s works but I feel that this installment in her newest poetry series is one of my favorites. It just hits harder talking about the loss of a parent and how a loss of identity and self goes along with that. I just found that topic hit me harder in the feels than the topics in her other poetry collections. Highly recommend!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hope (HopelessBookAddict)

    Another beautiful masterpiece!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    Amanda Lovelace always somehow manages to bring me to tears with her words. 🧡

  17. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    Content/Trigger Warnings: Child abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, self-harm, violence, cheating, death, trauma, grief, child neglect, emotional/verbal abuse, body shaming, talk of depression, manipulation, forced hospitalization, and much more! “one minute you were here; the next, you had already gone. now i’m terrified to leave a room without saying goodbye to everyone inside of it first. – what if they disappear like you did?” To Drink Coffee with a Ghost is the second and final book in the Things Content/Trigger Warnings: Child abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, self-harm, violence, cheating, death, trauma, grief, child neglect, emotional/verbal abuse, body shaming, talk of depression, manipulation, forced hospitalization, and much more! “one minute you were here; the next, you had already gone. now i’m terrified to leave a room without saying goodbye to everyone inside of it first. – what if they disappear like you did?” To Drink Coffee with a Ghost is the second and final book in the Things that H(a)unt duology. To Make Monsters Out of Girls explored the memory of toxic relationships, eating disorders, and wanting nothing more than to disappear into the thin cracks of the floor. Now in the second book we explore the memory of a toxic relationship between mother and daughter, body shaming, and the haunting shadows of the dead walking behind us. Friends, I’m all soft, sappy, and emotional… I say it all the time, but let me say again how much Lovelace’s works are true master pieces. How much I love them and adore these pieces of works. Her writing has a navigation system to the soft parts of my heart and soul , she knows how to shatter me into a million pieces, but pulls me back together again. Her work makes me feel seen and she will forever be an author that has a place in my heart. To say I have been anticipating To Drink Coffee with a Ghost would be an understatement. I knew the minute I heard she was coming out with the final book in this duology that I had to have it and words can’t express how grateful I was and still am that my past self pre-ordered this book. I love this book with my whole heart. Amanda has an amazing talent for making readers feel like they’re not alone with their thoughts and they’re feelings when bad things happen to them in life. Even though this book will cause your heart to ache and feel like pieces of you are shattering, there’s comfort in the underlining of her words. That she understands, saying ‘you’re not alone, I’ve been there too.’ This collection is broken down into three parts; ghost-mother, ghost-daughter, and sun-showers. This will be the part where I do a bit of a breakdown. Don’t worry, I try to keep this a spoiler free zone. Besides, emotional reads a better when you go in blind anyway! 🌻 Ghost-Mother – About the toxic relationship one can have with their parent, the lack of acceptance or not being good enough, and the emotional and mental abuse a child can endure. 🌻 Ghost-Daughter – About the death of a parent and living life without them, the heaviness of grief, and slowly becoming your own person without them. 🌻 Sun-Showers – About letting go, finding your family and home, sisterhood, loving yourself and choosing to be free. Now the way this book addresses grief and what is truly means to lose someone, someone close to you, someone who molded you into the person you are now… Lovelace hits the nail right on the head. While my mother is still very much alive, I have lost many, many people in my years of life to all sorts of causes. And the way Amanda brings to life just how heavy grief and losing someone is so painfully accurate and she talks about the heaviness of it all. She even writes how it feels like she’s walking with the ghost of her loved one weighing her down, impacting her life, and how it all feels like quick sand. Words can’t express how much my heart ached, but how much I loved every second. “for the first time, i will allow myself to believe that the best can & will happen to me, instead of the worst. – life doesn’t have to be a horror show” If there’s one thing I love the most about Amanda’s writing is that it never fails to bring some form of hope or sense of peace. Both books in this duology start out heavy, laced with hard, raw emotions and feelings, but slowly they move towards brighter things. Like how we can create and choose our own family, that grief doesn’t have to keep us chained to the darkness, and most importantly, love will always find you in the end. I think that’s why I love the third portion of this book so much. It reminds me so much of finding my own happy place among someone who means the world to me. Plus, the mention of finding a sisterhood was such a breath of fresh air. It’s not often that sisterhood gets put in a positive light especially in the process of healing. Plus, there was a gorgeous illustration to match that sisterhood. This section was truly beautiful, sorrowful, but nonetheless beautiful in every way. Overall, I truly love Amanda Lovelace and her work. I don’t often mention it, but Amanda has a way of bringing pieces of my life to reality and it touches some of the softest parts of my soul. For me, Lovelace in a favorite author and I can’t recommend picking up her poetry collections enough. Even more so if you find that you’re in need of a mirror, if you feel you’re alone in your thoughts and feelings then her books are the ones to pick up. But please remember to be in the right head space when you read this book. Even the soundest of minds can take some big mental and emotional hits. So please remember self-care and to make sure you’re in the right head space for reading this book. And of course, I think the best way to go into this book is to go in blind (which is why I barely went into detail). Emotional books are best read when one knows barely about it. It’s just the best way, in my opinion, a better reading experience. |Blog|Instagram|Twitter|YouTube|

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cassie-la

    The follow up and conclusion to the things that h(a)unt duology explores Lovelace's relationship with and the subsequent death of her mother from cancer. Fully illustrated -- much like its predecessor -- to drink coffee with a ghost feels stronger in substance when compared to to make monsters out of girls, partially because of the departure in subject matter. While I don't have experience in losing a mother, as a member of the Dead Father's Club, the poems dealing with grief, regrets, mixed emotions, and forgive The follow up and conclusion to the things that h(a)unt duology explores Lovelace's relationship with and the subsequent death of her mother from cancer. Fully illustrated -- much like its predecessor -- to drink coffee with a ghost feels stronger in substance when compared to to make monsters out of girls, partially because of the departure in subject matter. While I don't have experience in losing a mother, as a member of the Dead Father's Club, the poems dealing with grief, regrets, mixed emotions, and forgiveness definitely hit home for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Esha Dickson

    I received an eARC from Netgalley. I don’t read a lot of poetry - it doesn’t seem to click with me. But there’s something about Amanda Lovelace’s collections that is too beautiful, sad, and honest not to read them. This one was no exception. I didn’t relate to this collection as much as her other ones, but I still loved the message and story behind each poem. And the illustrations are GORGEOUS.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Another great one by amanda lovelace. Grief, loss, acceptance, redemption. Beautiful. Tragic and difficult, yes, but beautiful. 79/100

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Koger

    this hits so different for me having just lost a loved one. There's just something about Amanda's writing that i connect to so deeply.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    As much criticism as "Instagram poets" get these days, I'm actually a pretty big fan. I think poetry can be inaccessible sometimes, and what Lovelace (and other current poets like Nikita Gill) get right is making poems easy to understand. Although I always appreciate Lovelace's unfailing honesty and willingness to put her pain on the page, her recent collections haven't had the same impact on me as her first two ("The Princess Saves Herself in This One" and "The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One.") As much criticism as "Instagram poets" get these days, I'm actually a pretty big fan. I think poetry can be inaccessible sometimes, and what Lovelace (and other current poets like Nikita Gill) get right is making poems easy to understand. Although I always appreciate Lovelace's unfailing honesty and willingness to put her pain on the page, her recent collections haven't had the same impact on me as her first two ("The Princess Saves Herself in This One" and "The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One.") Her early work felt so fresh, creative, and powerful; I often marked many pages to come back to at a later time so I could revel in them all over again. "To Drink Coffee With a Ghost" feels too rushed to me (it took me less than 30 minutes to read), and I didn't find any specific poems that really spoke to me. Since this collection focuses on Lovelace's complicated relationship with her mother, there was plenty of insight and moving emotion throughout. However, I just wasn't able to connect as much having not gone through similar experiences. I'll still be a fan of Lovelace's after this book and I'll still check out her future work. This one just sadly missed the mark for me. *Free ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    Amanda Lovelace is one of my favorite modern poets, and to drink coffee with a ghost doesn't disappoint. Her language is sharp and soothing all at the same time, and she does such a wonderful job of getting right to the core of the reader's emotion without it being unnecessarily melodramatic. to drink coffee with a ghost reads as a love letter to girls who have complicated relationships with their mothers, thereby having complicated relationships with themselves and those around them. Some of th Amanda Lovelace is one of my favorite modern poets, and to drink coffee with a ghost doesn't disappoint. Her language is sharp and soothing all at the same time, and she does such a wonderful job of getting right to the core of the reader's emotion without it being unnecessarily melodramatic. to drink coffee with a ghost reads as a love letter to girls who have complicated relationships with their mothers, thereby having complicated relationships with themselves and those around them. Some of these poems hit me deep down in a way I haven't been reached before, and it's always such a raw, exhilarating moment when it happens. I highly recommend this collection. For girls with complicated relationships, girls who have to learn to love themselves, or even just people who love beautiful language, to drink coffee with a ghost will not disappoint.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica C Writes

    Oh my gosh!!! I absolutely adored this. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't pull myself away from it. I have read all of Amanda's works, but each one shares a new story, which I really appreciate. This one obviously carries so much emotion with it, and it had to much realness to it. It’s definitely up there with my other favorites by her, but it’s also probably one of my favorite poetry collections of all time. The writing is incredible, of course. There is no surprise there b Oh my gosh!!! I absolutely adored this. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't pull myself away from it. I have read all of Amanda's works, but each one shares a new story, which I really appreciate. This one obviously carries so much emotion with it, and it had to much realness to it. It’s definitely up there with my other favorites by her, but it’s also probably one of my favorite poetry collections of all time. The writing is incredible, of course. There is no surprise there because Amanda always writes incredible poetry. BUT, her ability to tell a story with her poems is unmatched. Every time I pick up her one of her books, I expect greatness, but I am always instead given perfection. I seriously can't think of any way this book could be better (except if there were more of it!). If you've never picked up any of her books before, you 100% need to. You won't be disappointed. Trigger Warnings: child abuse, grief, death (of a parent), self-harm, eating disorders, and more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. cw: abuse, mental health, death, grief, self harm this collection really resonated with me and so many of the poems hit me really hard. it mostly centres around the grief of amanda losing her mother to cancer and is extremely personal, raw and honest. even though i can't imagine what she went through and grief is such a personal, individual experience i was able to connect to the overall feeling and it re/> Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. cw: abuse, mental health, death, grief, self harm this collection really resonated with me and so many of the poems hit me really hard. it mostly centres around the grief of amanda losing her mother to cancer and is extremely personal, raw and honest. even though i can't imagine what she went through and grief is such a personal, individual experience i was able to connect to the overall feeling and it reminded me a lot of what i went through when i lost my nana several years ago. i also loved the underlying bond of sisterhood and it made me want to give all my sisters the biggest hug. amanda's words will always find a way to bury themselves in my soul. her poems will always bring out an emotional response in me and like many of her past collections this made me cry. i think this is definitely a new favourite of mine from her. also, the art throughout was so cute!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    “in all the history of the world no one has ever been able to teach others how to fill the hole a dead parent leaves. - impossibilities” This felt like such a gift to me- I had completely forgotten this collection was due out and it was pure happenstance that I came across it at work today. It’s absolutely perfect. “you cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself. - it’s time to “in all the history of the world no one has ever been able to teach others how to fill the hole a dead parent leaves. - impossibilities” This felt like such a gift to me- I had completely forgotten this collection was due out and it was pure happenstance that I came across it at work today. It’s absolutely perfect. “you cannot have a funeral for your mother without also having a funeral for yourself. - it’s time to begin the procession”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals

    This collection was touching. There were parts that were devastating and parts that were so wholesome. She really poured her heart into this one, but it didn’t come across as shouty. It was simply a letter to a mother who wasn’t there anymore and maybe never was there in a way that she needed it. And the artwork is stunning!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ekene

    Perfect for this fall season with coffee. All I can say

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess ✩

    picked this up as a spur of the moment read, and I'm shocked by how much I resonated with this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Summer (buttermybooks)

    incredibly moving and powerful. Another Lovelace collection to add to my list of favorites.

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