Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on March 17th, 2020
Genres: Feminism, Poetry
“when you spend
all your time
in other people’s shoes,
your own story
& there is nothing
*ARC received by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Amanda Lovelace is someone whose work tends to be hit or miss for a lot of people! A lot of people take issue with her “tumblrspeak” poetry, much like Rupi Kaur’s work.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think her poetry is just as valid as the works of Robert Frost or Emily Dickinson. If you’re getting people interested in reading, then what’s the harm?
In Break Your Glass Slippers, Lovelace flips the classic Cinderella story on its head. Instead of focusing on Cinderella getting the prince and getting her happy ending that way, Lovelace writes about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. In this epic retelling, you (as Cinderella) are the most important characters while everyone else—including the prince— is a footnote.
This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020. But I was pretty disappointed in this collection of poems.
But let’s start with the good things first. I do appreciate the message Lovelace is trying to convey with these poems.
It touches upon some very dark subjects with care and I always love poetry that has an underlying feminist message to them.
I can see where Lovelace was going by saying nobody needs to be saved by a prince, nobody needs to stay with someone who’s deemed a prince, etc. And in the end, you don’t need to live in fairy tales, you need to write your own.
But, honestly, I felt nothing when reading her poems. And that’s pretty rare for me. I normally bookmark my favourite poems and highlight key phrases that mean something to me.
I think the collection is average. It just missed the mark for me compared to her other work. I was expecting a deeper connection to the source material, the tale we all know and grew up with.
be sure to armor your
kind, kind heart.
but be vigilant.
She had a great metaphor to work with, but none of that came through in the poetry.
The only connection we really got was in the title and in a couple of poems and illustrations.
Maybe I’m remembering the original tale too vividly. But I thought there would be more we could connect to, like the step-sisters, step-mother, and the father passing away.
Having said that, I am interested in what she does with this series. Maybe I’ll like the next collection more based on the fairy tale it’s based on.
Truthfully, I never did like Cinderella, but I ended up watching the movie so much because it’s the one we owned on VHS.
If you’re a fan of Lovelace, you might as well pick this up. But I personally know that she has better lines in her other books that you can connect with more.