Poisoned Apples: Or Feminist Fairy Tale Poetry

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty - Christine Heppermann

This collection was such a lovely surprise. When I picked up this book I was expecting a gimmicky, shoddily constructed, collection that might be worth a few laughs. I am very pleased to report my preconceptions were totally off the mark. Instead what I got was a book filled with razor sharp feminist poems geared toward young women. Does the word feminist turn you off? These poems will change your mind. Cataloguing the pains of body image issues, eating disorders, first loves, and what it feels like to be seen as an object rather than a person, these poems capture what it feels like to be a teenage girl (and really a woman of any age) through the lens of fairy tales and allegory. And to top it off, the poems are well written. Accompanied with striking photography this is a really compelling book, especially for young women who might balk at the word feminist but know they don't like how the world makes them feel.


My thanks to the good people at Harper Collins for providing me with a review copy of this book!