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Review: Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

I was feeling a little down today, and I wanted something that would lift my spirits. After searching on Amazon, I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover and also the title. It appeared like something that would feel personal and inspiring at the same time. So I gave it chance. And I’m happy that I did.

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately manages to be both personal and relatable. The poems pull at your heartstrings, and it is hard not to reflect on your life as you read. It isn’t just a book about sad poems. It has uplifting poems.

It has poems about childhood friends, sisterhood, and confidence. It covers a variety of different subjects without feeling all over the place. This book is for everyone. The poems were simple, yet elegant. They were not confusing or harsh.

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately is so much more than just a book about poetry. It’s a soundtrack. After every poem, the author includes a song that she had listen to. Songs from Taylor Swift, Big Sean, Tim McGraw, and Ingrid Michaelson are mentioned.

Having a playlist included definitely contributed to the overall personal feel of the book. It felt very much like a diary and the songs symbolize what the author was feeling when the words were written.  

I think one of my favorite things about this book was that it was creative. It’s broken up into two parts Side A and Side B. Side A features the poems in the entirety. Some are long, and some are short. Side B is blackout poetry.

This is where an author blacks out words from within a story and creates another. In this case, the author used her poems from Side A. It was interesting and amazing that she was able to use her passages to recreate something else.

Final Analysis

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately feels like a personal and welcoming look into someone’s life. It’s creative and relatable. And there to remind that your feelings are valid.

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