Date Read: August 1, 2014
Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Publication Date: February 27, 2014
Publisher: All Night Reads
Summary (taken from Goodreads): In this collection of poems about coming of age in the modern world, critically declaimed author Jennifer Recchio takes on such thrilling subjects as math, groceries, and oil changes. The collection includes poems that have been published in online magazines such as Word Riot and Defenestration, and other poems that have never been seen before.
Review: This collection grew better as it went on, but it didn’t start off very strongly. The first poem, Odeful, was humorous and cute, but it didn’t hook my attention. It felt like something was missing – which, unfortunately, seemed to set the tone fairly well for the rest of the collection.
After These Messages marked the start of some stronger writing. The poems beyond this point felt like they had more meaning and purpose than those at the beginning of the book. This trend continued and I was so glad, because it was such an improvement.
Still, I have to say that several of the poems didn’t have anything extra – anything to make them stand out as special to me. They were well-written, but there wasn’t enough emotion there for me.