Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Love and Misadventure

Name: Love & Misadventure
Author: Lang Leav
Publisher+Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pages: 176
Rating: 3/5
Buy the book: Amazon

Synopsis from Amazon:
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair—from the initial butterflies through the soaring heights to the devastating plunge.  And, in the end, the message is one of hope.

The journey from love to heartbreak to finding love again is personal yet universal. Lang Leav's evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.  Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world. 

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

My review:
I've been wanting to read this for a long time. I already knew that it was poetry, but what caught my eye first was the beautiful cover because it's so stunning and inviting. The illustrations that are within the book are whimsical and magical. I thoroughly enjoyed skimming through this book. It's a fast and easy read, but one that draws out raw emotion in you and it makes you want to read your favorite poems over and over again.
A few of my favorite poems within this book are A Dedication, Art and Books, Wallflower, Lost Things, First Love, and my favorite of all of the poems in this book is titled Sad Songs. I've taken the poem from here and copy/pasted it below. All of the poems I've read within this book resonated with my soul. I wanted to run to my boyfriend and grab him and tell him to never, ever let me go. I could feel the sadness in Lang's writing, and it's a beautiful kind of sadness.
The book is divided up into three parts, the first strikes you as quirky, the second is heartbreaking, and the third lifts you up. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who thoroughly enjoys poetry and well as very short stories thrown into the mix.

“once there was a boy who couldn’t speak but owned a music box that held every song in all the world. one day he met a girl who had never heard a single melody in her entire life and so he played her his favorite song. he watched while her face lit up with wonder as the music filled the sky and the poetry of lyrics moved her in a way she had never felt before.

he would play his songs for her day after day and she would sit by him quietly - never seeming to mind that he could only speak to her through song. she everything he played for her, but of them all - she loved the sad songs best. so he began to play them more and more until eventually, sad songs were all she would hear.
one day, he noticed it been a very long time since her last smile. when he asked her why, she took both of his hands and kissed them warmly. she thanked him for his gift of music and poetry but above all else - for showing her sadness because she had known neither of these things before him. but it was now time for her to go away - to find someone who could show her what happiness was.”
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