Swimming Lessons: Poetry That Never Stopped Swimming | Book Review

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Author: Lili Reinhart 

Release Date: September 29th 2020 

Page count: 240

Genres: Poetry

Themes: Love, Forgiveness, Mental Health

My Rating: ★★★★☆


A collection of poems about love, forgiveness, passion, and anxiety. This book was by an actress coming into Hollywood and her only way to cope through it all was to write poetry, and I exactly felt that. 

Synopsis by the publisher

The debut collection of poetry from Lili Reinhart, the actress and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity. 

Swimming Lessons explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. Relatable yet deeply intimate, provocative yet comforting, bite-sized yet profound, Lili’s poems reflect her trademark honesty and unique perspective. Accompanied by striking and evocative illustrations, Swimming Lessons reveals the depths of female experience, and is the work of a storyteller who is coming into her own.

My Review:

In this exploration of reading modern poetry, I came across this book and read it for the sake of wanting to read poetry and I got what I wanted. 

Despite mixed reviews, I enjoyed this book better than Rupi Kaur’s work. These poems were simple in the same way as Kaur’s poetry, but this felt different in a good way. I felt the emotion and the scenes in this book better than Rupi Kaur. In each poem I felt the anxiety and the frustration. 

Each poem within this book told a story and a character arc that I very much liked and enjoyed. Maybe it was due to the fact that these poems had more substance, but for a debut author this book was a hit. 

I’m still exploring the purpose of modern poetry, but for now, this book served its purpose of making me feel the emotions poem by poem. 

Favorite Poems:

Do I recommend this book?

Yes! This is a great introduction into modern poetry. If you are into poems that show emotion, tell a larger story, and into simple poems, this is a great book for you. 

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. This book talks about mental illness. This book doesn’t explicitly talk about mental illnesses, but it does suggest or allude to it. 
  2. Poems are short. This is a fast read that could be read in one sitting. 

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