A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel EverythingAuthor: Brittainy C. Cherry, Kandi Steiner
Release date: September 13th 2018
Source: Social Butterfly PR
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Bestselling authors Brittainy C. Cherry and Kandi Steiner come together for the first time in an emotional compilation of poetry and prose. Written and collected over the course of more than two years, A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel Everything is an intimate, honest, and raw assemblage of two women’s feelings in a modern world that often quiets any kind of emotion past indifference.
Discussing themes of love, worth, loss and hope, A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feel Everything is a journey of discovery and healing.
“We are the girls who feel everything.
And this is our love letter. To you, to them, to us, to the world, to no one at all. Whether it’s the brightest, sunniest day where everything is perfect, or the darkest, dreariest night of rain where life seems unbearable — we have lived it, we have survived it, and we have felt every, blissful, aching second.
Here’s to embracing the feels, to the brave souls that listen to the way their hearts beat and aren’t afraid to ask someone else if they feel those same beats, too. Here’s to the girls, the boys, the love we sometimes share and the love we all-too-often conceal.
And more than anything, Reader — here’s to you.”
The Faerie Queen’s review
As a girl who feels everything, and deeply, I was both scared and excited to read this collection of poetry. I don’t read a lot of poetry, so I can’t say how it compares to other volumes. That being said, I believe poetry, more than other types of writing, is a very subjective experience. That’s not to say other writing isn’t subjective, just that poetry is so completely about feelings and experiences, and is so succinct in expressing these, that it targets your own feelings, and you’ll get the most out of poetry if there’s a connection between what you’re reading and what you’re experiencing.
For me, this was very much the case. Like I said, I am very emotional. I’ll own that. I hate that being emotional – and therefore vulnerable – is thrown around like an insult, like you’re weak and out of control and crazy. No. Eff that. If you’re emotional, then you are empathetic, and brave, and in touch with your feelings. I don’t see being stoic and dry-eyed as strong; it means you’re scared and have been taught to not accept a part of who you are. Your emotions are as much a part of you as your liver or your brain or your personality. And anyway, so many people who repress their more vulnerable emotions end up releasing everything in the form of anger and accusation; I’ve seen it so many times. Because, for some reason, being angry and loud and aggressive and belittling is more socially acceptable than being sad? Ugh.
Anyway, that was a breakup-fueled tangent. My emotions were considered a disease that needed to be cured. And then I remembered I had to review this book, and it was the scariest but most perfect timing. I found myself wanting to highlight each and every one because they each hit a nerve. They made me feel seen, like I wasn’t so unusual to feel what I felt. Some even made me cry, like the one below.
Survival of the Fittest
In a time when dating isn’t dating,
when loving makes you weak,
when the person who cares less
holds the most power,
and feelings are never spoken of…
How does the girl who loves openly
against the boy
who never allows himself to love at all?
It’s only about 100 pages, so you can get through it quickly. But I found that, while I could breeze through some poems and think “true, that’s me”, some of them needed to be meditated on and shared and cried over. Even On by Brittainy needs to be printed out and stuck on my wall, to be honest. I’m going to use it as a litmus test for all future relationships because I want someone who will stick by me through the worst days, not just want to hang out when I’m happy.
But it wasn’t all just sad. As I progressed, the poems turned hopeful, reminding me that heartbreak is a real and potent thing, but it will pass, and new love will come.
Honestly, if you have feelings, or if you’ve ever had your heart broken, please just buy this book.