Love & Misadventure: The Collection of Poems Was OK, Book Review

Author: Lang Leav
Release Date: April 26, 2013
Page count:155
Genres: Poetry, Collection of Poetry
Themes: Love, grief, and mischief
My Rating: ★★★☆☆


A collection of short poems that all center on the theme of love. It talks about the beauty of love, the ugly, and all of it in between. Each poem are a few stanzas, and some are a page long poems.

Synopsis from the publisher

The journey from love to heartbreak to finding love again is personal yet universal. Lang Leav’s evocative love 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 modern poetry fans from all over the world. Forget the dainty, delicate love poems of yore; these little poems pack a mighty punch. 

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss. Love & Misadventure is her first poetry collection.

My Review (Spoiler Free):

I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. Keep in mind, this book was published seven years ago. If I read this book in 2013, I would of loved the book, but it’s 2021 and this doesn’t surprise me. 

This collection of poems were weird. One poem would be good, then the next two poems were confusing and weird, and then the next one was boring. That’s the pattern that I felt while reading this book. 

 I LOVED her other book Lullabies, but this book didn’t seem as good as her past work. Her poems are still good, and much better than Rupi Kaur, but they didn’t really make an impact to me. Maybe I didn’t enjoy the poems because it’s contemporary poetry, but regardless I didn’t like really enjoy the book. 

Fan Art:

Do I recommend this book?

Yes and no. The poems are ok, but it’s better than the basic poems by Rupi Kaur. I just haven’t read enough contemporary poetry books to recommend anything to anyone. It’s just that these poems aren’t impactful or interesting enough for me to recommend every reader to read them.  

If you’re interested in this book, I suggest you sample a few of her poems before deciding to read the book.

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  • It is a fast read. You can easily read this book in two days.
  • It is divided into three parts and if I would rate each part, the first part would get 3 stars, 2 stars for the second part, and 4 stars for the last part.
  • Some poems may be confusing. The intended audience for this book is millennial females, and if you aren’t in that demographic, you probably wouldn’t understand the meaning of each poem.

Favorite Poems:

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3 thoughts on “Love & Misadventure: The Collection of Poems Was OK, Book Review

  1. Thank you for sharing the review. I really want to get into reading more poetry but I just don’t know where to start and I kind of struggle to tell whether poems are actually good or not? Maybe it’s because I study poetry in English and I’m constantly told how amazing some poem about a farm is that I just find boring, I don’t know…


    1. I am the same way! In undergrad I studied a lot of poetry and when I read this, this was nothing as good as anything I’ve read before. I really wanna read more contemporary poetry just to see what most writers are writing nowadays so stay tuned on my blog for that.

      But on the discussion of what makes a good poem or not, I feel like if a poem makes a strong impact to you, then that’s a good poem. If it doesn’t, then it’s a bad poem. We all have different standards of what is good and what is bad poetry. I guess you just have to judge that for yourself.

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