Book Review: The Sweetest Kind of Poison by Katie Wismer

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Hello Everybody, I hope you had a good weekend!

As you know, I do write book reviews on this blog, but they’re typically fiction stories, not poetry. However, I wanted to talk about The Sweetest Kind of Poison today, because I really liked it, overall.

I would also like to put a disclaimer here about the fact that I’ve never really done a poetry review before, so if it seems all over the place… that’s why 🤣

Before I get into my review, let me give you a little background about how I came about this book.

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Back Cover

I’ve been following Katie on Youtube for… a year (I think). She does a lot of Booktube videos, such as reviews, tag videos, etc. along with some lifestyle type vlogs. It’s funny though, because when I originally followed her, I thought that she was Kate Cavannaugh (someone on Authortube whose most well known series is “Writing Like [insert author here] For a Day”). I didn’t realize my mistake until about a month ago… and wow did I feel dumb 🤣🤣🤣

Anyways, I still really like her Youtube content (she’s one of the few people in my sub box who I will watch on a regular basis), and figured I would give her poetry book a try.

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v. the now

The Sweetest Kind of Poison is a collection of poems that delve into the theme of toxic relationships. The book is divided five sections: The Fall, The Collapse, The Withdrawal, The Recovery and The Now. This helps to tie together the themes of certain poems together, and help navigate the reader through the process of the narrator going through the different stages of dealing with this relationship.

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iv. the recovery

Even though each page is a standalone poem, they were arranged so that it seems like you are reading one longer poem, and flow nicely together. What I also like about the book, is that there are good impact moments, moments that will stick with you even after you are done with the book.

I didn’t personally connect with every poem in the book (I haven’t had to personally deal with a toxic romantic relationship), but there were a few poems in the book that I did connect with.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is dealing with removing themselves from a toxic relationship, as a reminder that you are not alone, and that you will come out stronger in the end.

Anyways, that’s about all I have for today, and that’s a wrap on my very first poetry review! Woohoo!!

Thank you for reading, and I will see you on Friday with a new post!

Have a good week ✌

-Erin 🙂

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