Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Review | Leave This Song Behind

Title: Leave This Song Behind: teen poetry at is best
Author: Teen Ink, multiple
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Page Amount: 216 pages, Kindle edition

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GoodReads Blurb:

It's been 10 years since the last book in the Teen Ink series Written in the Dirt was published. Now, a whole new batch of teen writers has emerged with their own unique voices. Leave This Song Behind features the best poetry submitted by those writers to Teen Ink over the last five years.
The pieces in this book were chosen because they were so powerful that they stood out from the rest. Teen Ink editors took a deep look into each poem's strengths then divided Leave This Song Behind into seven sections based on the poetic techniques or qualities that moved them most. Vivid sensory details made some poems shine; others caught their attention with simple, sparse language. Still others were chosen because of their thoughtful use of form; compelling stories; strong figurative language; unexpected connections and wit; and fresh writing about familiar topics.

Dig in and let these brave young voices capture your heart and mind with their passion, their pain, and their amazing poetry!


I read Teen Ink fairly regularly in high school. Our teacher would get shipments of them and hand them out in Creative Writing class. Sometimes we'd spend the whole class looking through them. (IT was a pretty free form class.) I found a lot of inspiration in the pages of those magazines. They helped me grow as a writer.

I'm o Netgalley but don't use it a lot. However, when I saw this I knew that I had to request it. Besides the beautiful cover I really wanted to dive into the poetry. I adore poetry. Whenever I read it I feel the need to write it. It's like filling myself up with poetic creativity. Recharging myself and my poetry batteries. The poems in here were beautiful. I loved them and would reread this one for sure. I know not everyone is into poetry but I think this is a good one to try. Or if you love poetry check this one. There is definitely talent out there amongst today's teenagers. 5 quills.

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