Hey Lovely Readers!
Today I am reviewing Lili Reinhart’s new book of poetry Swimming Lessons: Poems.
First, I would like to thank St. Martins Publishing Group for sending me an advanced reader copy of this book! I greatly appreciate the opportunity to get to read and review this piece of art.
Summary: In her first collection of poetry, Lili Reinhart, actor and mental health awareness advocate, explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion.
“I believe that we read poetry to relate to the world”
Many fans of Lili Reinhart maybe already familiar with her poetry, which gained popularity on her Tumblr account. This book however, brings those poems along with new material accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Curt Montgomery ( shoutout to my fellow Toronto native!).
As a person who has dealt with my own struggles of mental illness, her poems spoke to me in a way that made me feel less alone. It can be hard to articulate emotions, especially those of depression or anxiety- yet Reinhart has the ability to take these feelings and forever immortalize them in a beautiful collect of poems.
“It is a privilege to know you in such a way that no one else does”
From the blossoming of young love, to eventual heartbreak Swimming Lessons: Poems is a great read for lovers of poetry, fans of Lili Reinhart and young people- like me, to relate the emotions we feel trying to navigate this crazy life.
As you read this collection, one cannot help speculate who these poems are about, given Lili Reinhart very public former relationship. However, I feel that if you are reading this collection for this reason, then you miss the intention. Poetry is written to give meaning to universal themes, regardless of who the poems are about. Specifically this collection explores the themes of; love, loss, lust, depression, anxiety, fame, loneliness and so much more.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
This collection of poems is written in a way that is accessible to those wanting to get into poetry. I appreciated its overall themes, and the illustrations are an excellent addition. Although I am not an expert in poetry, I conclude that this is a solid first book by Lili Reinhart, and I can only anticipate with time and more experince the great art she will be able to create.
I would recommend buying this book, either at your local bookstore, or online here!
Have a lovely Tuesday,
Do you like poetry? Are you interested in reading this book? Let me know in the comments below!