by Christine Heppermann
Age Category: Young Adult
Release Date: September 23rd 2014
Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale.
Cruelties come not just from wicked stepmothers, but also from ourselves. There are expectations, pressures, judgment, and criticism. Self-doubt and self-confidence. But there are also friends, and sisters, and a whole hell of a lot of power there for the taking. In fifty poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, Poisoned Apples explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.
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About the author:
Christine Heppermann is a writer, a poet, and a critic. This is her first book for teens. She is a graduate of Hamline University's Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley, where there are many apple orchards, which may or may not be enchanted.
I don't claim to be any type of expert on poetry, or childhood stories. Actually, I'm very far from an expert on both of these (amongst other things). I just did not enjoy this book. Nothing about it pulled me in. I had the understanding going in that it is a book of 50 short stories, which it is, however the only reason I continued reading was because it was short. And I sincerely hoped that my mind would change about it after I reached about 50% through. But.... it just didn't.
Each short story is suppose to depict a teenager girls life, thoughts, and the struggles that she is going through. However, each story relates back to her weight. It's exhausting and repetitive. I appreciate what the author was trying to do..... it just didn't work for me.
Please don't allow this to hold you back in any way from reading this book. I do believe everyone will have their own individual opinion and it is a short read that you can get done quickly.
|2 Coffee Cup Stars|
Finished September 27th 2014