Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Love Her Wild - Atticus

Title: Love Her Wild
Author: Atticus
Publisher: Atria Paperback (Simon & Schuster), 2017 (Paperback)
Length: 230 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Adult; Poetry
Started: January 1, 2019
Finished: January 1, 2019

From the back of the book:

With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flare, Love Her Wild captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love, a late-night drive singing along to a car radio, the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit, the simple pleasure of a good whiskey. Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few short lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind  - and will awaken your sense of adventure.

I've been on a bit of a poetry kick lately; I read and enjoyed Nikita Gill and Rupi Kaur, and figured it was time to read more. After seeing a news feature of Atticus on CBC, I was intrigued and decided to buy his books. The endorsements on the back of the book are from Teen Vogue and Karlie Kloss, so I was a little concerned that his poetry would be a bit juvenile, but I would classify it as more blissfully naive than juvenile.

Atticus' poetry, at least in this first book, mostly revolves around love and romance. The poems read as penned by someone in their 20s who hasn't really experienced deep heartbreak or any kind of devastating loss, or if he has, then he just hasn't included anything about that subject matter in this collection. It's all very endearing and optimistic, and perhaps I'm a bit too old and jaded to really enjoy a whole book full of pure love and optimism without seeing much of the other side of things. I can see why teens and young adults love his stuff though, it's like a literary shot of oxytocin.

This first collection is enjoyable, but I'm not sure if it's one I would re-read. Perhaps the second collection will be a bit more varied in the subject matter.

Thoughts on the cover:
The photography that accompanies the poems is sometimes quite stunning, and the cover is an example of what you'll see throughout the book.

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