Review: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

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Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

Expected Publication: January 29th, 2019

Genre: Poetry | Prose

Recommended to: fans of Lang Leav

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About Love Looks Pretty on You

The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and self-empowerment.

Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.

Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It’s no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.

A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Lang Leav is not for me.

I read my first Lang Leav book, Love & Misadventure, when I was broken-hearted (ha ha) and I loved every bit of it. But looking back, I’m not even sure if I would still think the same way if I read it again. My standard for poetry has changed and Lang Leav is not enough for me anymore.

I tried to give this book a chance. I really did. I tried to feel the emotions that the poems were supposed to convey but I just couldn’t do it.

To me, it felt like Lang Leav wrote these poems for the sake of writing a book. It tries to be deep and poetic but often comes off as pretentious.

I have nothing against using rhyme in poetry but the ones in this book were kinda bad. There is even a poem that is literally just one sentence separated into lines (which I also complained about in Memories).

lang leav how do i thank my mother

There were also entries that I think shouldn’t have made it into the book.

lang leav the poet struggles

Honestly, anyone can write that.

I‘m not even kidding when I say that I fell asleep while reading this. I just wanted to be done with it and I can barely remember anything.

Out of all of Lang Leav’s poetry books that I read, this was the most disappointing.

To be fair, I actually liked a few of the entries. This one stood out to me.

lang leav slut shaming

If only the book was full of prose like that, I would have loved it.

I don’t think Lang Leav is a bad writer. I just wish that the bar for what makes it into the book and what doesn’t was a bit higher.

P.S. If you want to read a good poetry book, I suggest you read Sister’s Entrance. It is so underrated. Or if you want something similar to Lang Leav’s work but better, try I Wrote This For You instead.

2 thoughts on “Review: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

  1. Got an ARC of this one too! I enjoyed two or so of her books but there were some that didn’t hit me at all. I struggle these days with poetry. You should maybe try Worlds of You by Beau Taplin. Really adore his work and it’s more inspirations and motivation than anything. Stuff you can relate to. Or at least i did 🙈 have you read any poetry lately that you loved?

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I will check that. I need something inspirational right now. 😂 The last I read that I loved was Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud. It’s a compilation of spoken word poetry. I watched her performances on YouTube and it was amazing. 😱

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