My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions.
It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.
Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.
I like to read
and write poetry from time to time, but I never reviewed a poetry book/collection before so this is definitely a first for me and I don’t know what I’m doing and just deal with my ramblings and I’m so sorry if it won’t be coherent enough.
Anyways, this book initially had me singing and thinking about Zayn whenever I read its title and just like with Pillow Talk—I’m seeing the pain, I’m seeing the pleasure while reading this.
Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poems about love, heartbreak, and everything else in between. The thing that I love most about it, is that the “love” portrayed here is between two girls and it was such a plus because I rarely encounter published poetry collections about or with LQBTQIA+ themes.
The poems contained raw and real emotions but despite that, it didn’t really evoked any emotions in me. And I’m a pretty emotional reader, I remember crying my heart out while reading Milk and Honey because the pieces were hurting me in all the right places, but with this book the emotions were distant and it couldn’t quite reach me.
Here I am after all this time, hopelessly and madly in love with you.
The author used simple words, too simple words in my honest opinion. That may be a good thing because the reader could easily understand the message of the poem, but it made it too easy to understand. I don’t know if it’s just me but I prefer deciphering the hidden messages within the metaphors and other figures of speech when I read poetry.
The aches in my arms still surprise me, even years after letting you go.
Next is the structure of the poems or pieces, I was sometimes confused if I were reading a new piece or if it was a continuation of the previous one because it didn’t have titles (some had but it was just a few). And some or most of the pieces were only a sentence long that it didn’t look like a poem for me. It looked like a note or a very short journal entry.
There were some pieces that I really liked but it felt like scavenging gold from rocks, while reading the book it honestly felt like visiting Poems Porn’s Twitter page. I don’t know what that says about it, well you judge.
There will always be that person who you gave your whole heart to and it still wasn’t enough for them. But you will always be enough for yourself. And when all’s said and done, that’s the person who lives your life. That’s the person you have to impress. Be a friend to yourself, not an enemy.
I think that this poetry collection would be a good recommendation to people who wants to read poetry books for the first time, it’s an okay book with easy-to-read yet heartfelt pieces that will make them want to read more.
Pillow Thoughts is a perfect book to read before going to bed, reading 1-3 pieces to hopefully give you some last-minute feels before you end the day.
A huge thank you to Rafael @ The Royal Polar Bear Reads for letting me participate this blog tour and for providing me a review copy.
About the author:
Courtney Peppernell is a best-selling LGBTQ author from Sydney, Australia. Courtney has been writing her whole life and focuses on Young Adult novels and Poetry Collections. Keeping Long Island is her third title release, and the first under her new book brand, Pepper Books.