Okay so I promise the book reviews will come to an end soon, but today I wanted to share Jennifer Juan’s latest book – Home Wrecker.
Jennifer advertised recently that she was looking for bloggers to read and honestly review her third collection of poetry, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to read and review a completely different type of book!
As Home Wrecker explores current affairs, extra marital affairs, and affairs of the heart, all in just 49 pages, it is definitely one of those books you can read and put to one side and come back to later, or read all in one sitting the way I did! Available from Amazon here, Home Wrecker is described as a journey through seductive stanzas, exploring the highs and lows of the lives we find ourselves in.
Before I go into my own thoughts and opinions on Home Wrecker, I wanted to share some information about Jennifer. Currently living in Kent and dreaming of living by the sea, Jennifer is a modern day writer and blogger, as well as a social media personality. She graduated from the University of Greenwich, having studied Creative Writing and it was during this stage that she initially wrote Tiffany Pls – her first ever poetry collection.
But since we’re here to share my thoughts on Home Wrecker, should we maybe actually get to that part of this review?
Now, I’ll be honest. I don’t normally read a lot of poetry unless it actually means something to me. It usually sends shivers of horror and memories of GCSE English that haunt me for days and nights to come. However, reading Jennifer’s collection of poetry was a lot more enjoyable than those memories!
I found myself constantly looking for the next poem over the page, wanting to read the next one because I just adored the imagery in each line.
I think I would have to say that Women Who Work and Everybody were my two favourite poems in Home Wrecker. Women Who Work struck a chord with me as it reminded me all too quickly of how those of us unaffected by a situation will quickly log onto Twitter and Facebook to “show our support” for those who are affected. It hit hard that while the pen is mightier than the sword, words often mean nothing when there are simple actions that we all can do to help – even just a little!
Everybody was another favourite, because I felt like it reached inside me and voiced a lot of what I would love to be able to actually say. It reminded me of Melancholy Mind, another book of poems I reviewed, only Melancholy Mind focuses on mental health. Everybody struck a chord with me because so often we talk about our own problems without actually asking properly how the other person is doing. And often we find ourselves on the receiving end of everyone else’s problems just begging someone to notice that no we aren’t really okay, and we just want someone to listen to us.
I actually thoroughly enjoyed Home Wrecker! Having been trying to expand my reading into wider categories, Home Wrecker has opened my mind to the possibility of reading and enjoying collections of poetry, and I will certainly be putting Jennifer’s other poetry collections on my Christmas list this year!
If you would like to get your hands on either a physical or electronic copy of Home Wrecker, you can find it on Amazon at the link below.
Have you been reading anything completely different to your reading lists recently? Or have you read Home Wrecker? Let me know below!