Poetry Book Review: Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna

Atria/Keywords Press Published Sept. 19, 2017 256 Pages

In poems ranging from the singsong rhythms of children’s verses to a sophisticated confessional style, Gabbie explores what it means to feel like a kid and an adult all at once, revealing her own longings, obsessions, and insecurities along the way.

Adultolescence announces the arrival of a brilliant new voice with a magical ability to connect through alienation, cut to the profound with internet slang, and detonate wickedly funny jokes between moments of existential dread. You’ll turn to the last page because you get her, and you’ll return to the first because she gets you.- Goodreads

*Short Review*

Normally, I don’t give a rating for poetry. I don’t because someone put their thoughts and emotions and in some cases, personal stories in short lines in order to make the reader feel. Sometimes that is successful other times it is not. But I rated this book because it should not be considered poetry. I am all for random pieces thoughts scattered across pages. What I am not for is writing that has little or no feeling behind it and tries to come off as a joke with a message behind it.

The readings were more like things that may have happened to me and quirky 3 liners and maybe some advice. I didn’t feel the author put her heart into this. I felt nothing as I read. But I did feel annoyance about the time I wasted going through the book. Yes, this is harsh but this is with the intent to provide criticism because not everyone is poet or a writer. The funny thing about this is the author mentions being a youtube star who decided to write a book.

For me right there, it explains everything.

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