The Road Between by Courtney Peppernell
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Expected publication 29 August 2017
I was given an ARC by the publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
The Road Between is poetry well-lived.
Poetry for the soul that walks the fine line between losing yourself in the world and finding yourself again, often in the smallest of moments. Courtney Peppernell is the bestselling author of Pillow Thoughts, a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and emotion.
Make a cup of tea, find your place, and lose yourself in the pages.
When you are sad and your troubles are too much
a cave inside your heart opens and asks you inside
WHAT I THOUGHT
This is my first time reading this poet.
I have mixed feelings about The Road Between. The poet does some things really well. For example, the poet knows how to handle rhyme and rhythm and manages to make the sing-song style of the poems sound natural. I enjoyed the different styles of poems including traditional verse and prose-like poems. It’s clear the poems are written from the heart. However, so much doesn’t work. The poems inside don’t match the blurb. The collection is stuffed with angsty love poems, many of them about relationships that have gone wrong. Love poems are ten-a-penny and it’s rare to find one that doesn’t sound like hundreds of others. Unfortunately, I found nothing particularly original about any of the poems. There are also a load of one-sentence self-helm poems that left me cold. Some of the love poems felt like they were written by a teenage girl pining over the cutest boy/girl in school.