¡Hola, mi gente! I have recently reread the poetry collection Welcome to Ghost Town by Gretchen Gomez and I just have so much to say. This is the second time I read this book yet I cannot write a review better than the one I wrote on Goodreads when I first read it. So, today I will be sharing the same review with some slight changes. I hope y’all won’t mind.
Let me start by saying that the only type of poetry I read is modern poetry. It’s the only type of poetry I get therefore the one I prefer to consume. This is why this review will be based on my experience with modern poetry.
Of all the poetry collections I’ve read my favorite one was Love Her Wild by Atticus—keyword WAS—and after I finished this book I was like “yeah, it’s still my favorite. I would give this book 4.75 stars” The reason why I say was is because ever since I first read it back in January I have not been able to stop thinking about it. The more I think about it, the more I realize how amazing it is and how much I adore it. When I first read it I shared so many poems on my Instagram story that I must have annoyed the life out of my followers—but in my eyes I’ve blessed them— and the only reason I stopped was because I wanted everyone to get it and sharing too many of the poems would take the fun of reading it for the first time.
This book! I read it twice and I still want to reread it. These feelings are what made change the rating to 5 stars and what made me realize that this is now my all-time favorite poetry collection.
This book is so powerful. It was a mix of heartbreak and empowerment. The poems were just gorgeous. She has grown so much as a writer and I’m glad I’ve been there to see it happen. Her last poetry collection (Love, and You) was really good and I truly enjoyed it, but oh my God this one!
I know I keep repeating myself but I just have to say it again. S H E H A S G O T T E N S O M U C H B E T T E R! I mean, she was great before but she keeps getting better and better. If you don’t believe me, check out her Instagram. I truly can’t wait for her next book because I know that it’ll be EVEN better. The problem is that 2020 seems too far away and waiting is truly painful.
I wish she would write a memoir because even though it would be heartbreaking, it would also be gorgeously written, and incredibly empowering. I would love to learn more about her story, the story of others around her, and her take on life.
I loved this book so much that I was planning on getting a physical copy to annotate. I didn’t get to though because she was kind enough to gift me one (!!!) Y’all have no idea how happy it made me. If you’re reading this, thank you so much!!! I can now force my friends to read it.
If you’re not sure if it’s for you because it’s poetry, because it’s modern poetry or just ’cause, then get it on Kindle. It’s $4.99—best $4.99 I’ve ever spent—or free with Kindle Unlimited. Please, just give it a try. You won’t regret it.
All that being said, this book can be very triggering which is why at the beginning of the book she wrote a list of all the potential triggers. Sometimes poetry collections don’t have trigger warnings or they have a small list for the entire book which makes avoiding the poems that might be triggering pretty much impossible. This book apart from having a very detailed one for the whole book it also has a list before each chapter at the bottom to, I assume, avoid spoilers so you can just skip ahead if it’s a trigger or a topic that makes you uncomfortable. I’m going to add the list at the bottom so you can just scroll down to see it. I think you should go into this book blindly BUT I do believe your mental health goes first so if you’re worried about possible triggers PLEASE check the list of trigger warnings.
I hope I’ve convinced you to read this amazing book or at least to follow her on Instagram @chicnerdreads. Both her as a person and her works are truly gems.
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Trigger alert for:
Domestic violence, emotional abuse, intimate partner abuse, physical abuse, rape, death, sexual assault, religion, anxiety, suicide, fire, gun violence, mental illness, drug abuse, homophobia, self-harm, child abuse, stalking, abandonment, blood, blackmail, nudity, and aggression.
Yes, a lot of triggers but if you think you can handle it then give this book a chance.