Take Me With You - Andrea Gibson | Book Review

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Pages: 208
Publication: Plume
Release date: January 23, 2018
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 2/5

I want to start off with the fact that this book has gorgeous end pages and along with the gorgeous end pages, the illustrations within the book are also beautiful. Again, like I mention when I review poetry, I don't know much about poetry but I enjoy reading it and taking in the emotions and relating to it.

This collection of poetry is divided into three sections:

  1. On love
  2. On the world
  3. On becoming
I felt the sections "on love" and "on the world" weren't as strong as the section "on becoming" and taking a look at who Andrea Gibson is I now understand why the section "on becoming" is way stronger. Gibson is known for poetry focused on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society. I feel if more of the poems included were focused on what Gibson is passionate about this collection could have been stronger all together. But I felt a lot of the poems found in the sections "on love" and "on the world" sounded juvenile, some read like there wasn't much effort put into it and some even sounded like cheesy pickup lines and others were just pretty weird.

"She makes me feel like I could win the lottery ticket with a parking ticket" (Page 17) 

"I know the exact look on her face the first time she used my toothbrush. The next day I brushed my teeth at least thirty times so I wouldn't have to let her go" (Page 27)

"When the astronaut told me she needed more space, I dropped my pants to the floor in the grocery store, hoping I could moon her into staying" (Page 29)

Even though I found the poems in the "on becoming" section stronger I don't believe this is the greatest poetry collection. I understand poetry is very personal and to connect to the poems it's important to understand where the author is coming from but I just didn't get much emotion from any of this collection.

I believe fans of Andrea Gibson who already know and enjoy this style of poetry will enjoy this collection but for those who don't already follow Gibson, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this. It could also be this is targeted to a very much younger audience.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*

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