Mini Review: Poisoned Apples Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Posted March 21, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from A friend, Hardcover in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Mini Review: Poisoned Apples Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine HeppermannPoisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann
Published by Harper Collins on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Girls & Women, Juvenile Nonfiction, Poetry, retellings, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover
Source: A friend, Hardcover
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Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale.

Christine Heppermann's collection of fifty poems puts the ideals of fairy tales right beside the life of the modern teenage girl. With piercing truths reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins, this is a powerful and provocative book for every young woman. E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls it "a bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that's caustic, funny, and heartbreaking."

Cruelties come not just from wicked stepmothers, but also from ourselves. There are expectations, pressures, judgment, and criticism. Self-doubt and self-confidence. But there are also friends, and sisters, and a whole hell of a lot of power there for the taking. In fifty poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, Poisoned Apples explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.

“Poisoned Apples” by Christine Hepperman was a very interesting set of poems. I love how the poems are supposed to be centered around girl power. I think that is great. It is very interesting how each poem is a fairytale retelling. I am a little disappointed with the content. This is supposed to be a young adult poetry book and I feel like a lot of things were focused around sex. I don’t feel like every teenage girl focuses on sex.

The photography in this book is absolutely gorgeous. I loved getting to see the pictures go along with each story. I loved the creativity with the photos and the poems. I do think that the photos were a whole lot better than the poems. Some of the photos and some of the poems are a little eerie. There were a few poems that I did enjoy a lot. All in all the poetry wasn’t terrible, I just wouldn’t give this to my teenager.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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