A strong voice but not the one for me / LIGHT FILTERS IN REVIEW

TITLE:  Light Filters In

AUTHOR: Caroline Kaufman

RATING: ★★.5

TRIGGER WARNING: abusive relationships, self-harm and depression

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: Poetry


In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman—known as @poeticpoison—does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling “how to be happy,” and ultimately figuring out who you are.

This hardcover collection features completely new material plus some fan favorites from Caroline’s account. Filled with haunting, spare pieces of original art, Light Filters In will thrill existing fans and newcomers alike.

my thoughts


Light filters in was
A good push for positive thinking in regards to self-love and therapy/medication
Well written
But overall it felt like something I had read before
Okay before you all freak out I just want to say, there has been a slight change to how I rate things. Normally, 3 is my meh. Rating. It means I enjoyed the book, but I know I’ll forget about it, but now that’s my 2.5. I know confusing. So if you’re looking st the rating and expecting me to hate on this? You won’t be getting that.
Light filters in has BEAUTIFUL writing. As a poetry student, I have spent 5 months on free verse poetry and Caroline is talented in that, there are even sprinkles of rhymed poetry so in reality, all the stars go towards the beautiful crafting of her writing. She’s very talented.
Now some parts were hard for me to read as someone who is medicated for depression and anxiety, but st the same time I saw such positive love for medication and therapy, the two things that dragged me out of a hole and I just want to scream how amazing that is.
The only downfall of this book? Is it didn’t make me feel anything. Besides the odd occasion when something to do with therapy would come up, I felt bland about this. Normally I can be brought to feel things on subjects I don’t relate to, but it just seems like I couldn’t for this one.
That coupled with the fact I know I won’t remember the poems of this in a months time, lead it to get my meh rating. Which sucks! But it doesn’t mean it’s a bad book! Just not the one for me.
If you have dealt with abusive relationships, depression or anxiety. I think this could be a really powerful collection for you.
Until next time,

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