Book Review: The Universe of Us

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Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

My review

The Universe of Us

Rating: 2.25 stars

This actually kind of breaks my heart. I’ve been wanting to read one of Lang Leav’s poetry books for years. They don’t sell her work in any of my local bookshops and I had just never gotten around to ordering anything offline. Finally, I found that a couple of her collections are on Scribd so of course I wanted to check them out. I went into this one first and… now I’m sad.

It’s really hard to review poetry because I’m not a specialist and I cannot tell you whether or not this is good in the technical senses. I have come across many works during my education that are renowned as amazing and yet they absolutely bored me. So I’m not going to speak on that, but what I can speak on is how a collection of poetry makes me feel.

“That’s the tragedy of growing up—knowing you’ll run out of feeling something new for the first time. The sad thing is you only get so many of those moments—a handful if you’re lucky—and then you spend the rest of your life turning them over in your head.  I think that’s why you meant as much to me as you did, why I held on for so long. I didn’t know it back then, but you were the last time I would ever feel anything new. “

This collection felt very… done before. Does that make sense? I’ve read a few of Leav’s pieces here and there over the years but I’ve never been able to read so many back to back, and I was honestly disappointed. She has a way of stringing words together into a sentence that seems really beautiful on the outside but kind of lacks substance on the inside. So few of the poems even felt worth finishing. In fact, throughout the entirety (138 pages in the ebook), I only found 21 poems (aprox. 21 pages) to be noteworthy to me. Unfortunately, none really touched my heart or mind, so even those 21 were kind of… average. It just felt like something that I might’ve written at 13 after being on Tumblr from 11 PM to 4:30 AM after breaking up with my first boyfriend.

I always feel like I need to put a disclaimer out for these types of reviews, but it really does seem necessary. Because I can’t judge poetry on it’s literary value, this is a very opinionated and personal rating. I don’t think Leav is a bad writer (and I’m about to read another collection that will hopefully redeem my feelings toward her work), but this collection just did not do it for me, unfortunately. If you read it and loved it, I’m happy for you and am not trying to attack your favorite poetry. It just didn’t speak to me.

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