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love, and you

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  144 reviews
one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

- here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

(please be advised this book has mature content)
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Gretchen Gomez
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
my baby. my all. i can't believe i wrote this. i can't believe my tears are all in these written pages. it's real!
Beatrice Masaluñga
Finished it in one sitting. It may not be the best poetry collection I've read because I'm not a fan of the writing style but I like each poems are emotionally palpable. Which is a good thing that's why I gave three stars instead of two. There's one piece that stood out for me:

i found
in my

i found
self love
in my
lauren ♡


One of my fave people just released her debut poetry collection today and I couldn't be prouder.

I spent a fair portion of this collection crying because I was able to relate so much. Everything hit me in the best way.

Gretchen has such a beautiful way with words. This was just as brilliant as I was expecting.

Please support her by picking up a copy of love, and you here:
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
This beautiful soul of a poetess also known as my twin in the book blogging community, has released a book of poetry. I am now on my 3rd re-read & continue to find meaning and comfort within her words. For all those who have experienced that one toxic relationship, you know? the one you simply cannot let go...this one is for you. Love, and you will haunt you with each turn of a page & ultimately will leave you with hope for healing.

I found myself
in an island
of thoughts
surrounded by
waves of posi
Jessica {Litnoob}
This read like a stream of consciousness that was deep, powerful and at times painful. Love and loss followed by the mourning before the growth. It was a very organic process to read through and easily took me back to my own lost love. Can’t wait to read more by this author.
Luna Naomi
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
when i was in middle school there were these tests they made us take 2 or 3 times a year, english was the part i was best at. i could finish in 20 minutes, get a very high score, and do it all without rushing through. that's how i am with this book. i just paced around my kitchen for 20 minutes reading this book and loving it even more than the first 2 time i read it. this book was something i didn't know i needed tonight but it was there and it called to me. i am so glad i listened. usually i d ...more
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Wow! I have not read a poetry book in a long time and was so glad I sat down and read love, & you. I won this book as a giveaway that many entered off of Twitter. I was like “Yay free book”. What I didn’t realize was the effect this book would have on me personally. The author talks about her heartbreak, trauma, sickness and eventually loving herself. I could relate to everything the author stated and could feel her emotions through the pages. I actually read this book in one sitting with my gir ...more
Payton (Payton's Book Thoughts)
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-5-stars
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This is Gretchen’s debut novel and boy did she knock it right out of the park! I devoured this book in like 40 minutes and highlighted some of my favorite poems, which I will share with you in this review. When I finished the book I was left completely speechless because the book was just that beautiful. I actually teared up a little bit.

To be completely honest, I won’t be doing much of a review just because I honestly feel like
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
This book should be read by every woman, whether she is in her teens, twenties or older. I think every generation of woman could learn something from the poetry in this book. When my daughter has her first heartbreak I will give her this book, when she has her second heartbreak I will give her the book again….are you sensing a pattern?
I have been following Gretchen’s blog for a while now @Chicnerdreads and she would post poetry to her blog sometimes. Her poetry would always blow my mind, so much
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poetry
It's so so so beautiful ❤️

This little book was written by an amazing person that i meet through finding her Blog. I am not a poetry reader, I don't have anything at all against poetry but I just never pick it up for some stupid reason.

Love, and you is amazing, the whole second half of the book I had tears in my eyes and a fierceness in my heart.

“the most dangerous humans are the women who realize they don't need anyone after facing the hurricane alone”

If you are a fan of poetry, feminism,
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for breaking my heart and for rebuilding it anew.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I re read this because I've been meaning to tab and note my favorite poems.
I am in love with this poetry collection. Not only because it is by one of the most amazing humans in the entire world but because her words really resonate with me and I feel them speaking to me, directly to me. It's so good and I cried. Obviously.

I am at a loss of words.
Its so real and raw.
Each word that is written here comes from such a real place that the second I turned to page 5 I started crying an
Stephanie Gillespie
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2017
You can see my full review here: https://betweenfoldedpages.wordpress....

Her words are so powerful and beautifully written. I was able to relate to almost every poem and they left me in tears. Every girl should pick up a copy and read this collection.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: June 4th 2017


i was the addict.
he was the drug.

and every time i tried
to go into detox, he kept
coming back to me
with pretty hello’s."

(view spoiler)
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
I've been meaning to read this since last year so I'm really pleased I finally got round to it. The majority of this collection was in free verse, which I don't mind too much, but I do tend to find (personally) that poetry has a bigger impact when it's more structured. This was the case here, as some of the structured poems spoke to me much more. Having said that, I thought the themes of striving for self-confidence and learning to love yourself were discussed very well and with the understandin ...more
Laura Slate
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved this collection of poems. I cried, I smiled, I felt every bit. Gretchen has a gift for making the reader relate & empathize. I am SO GLAD I bought this collection & I keep going back to read again & again.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such beautiful, raw, poetry of the author's thoughts, feelings and experiences. I sat there reading this book from cover to cover without putting it down, tears streaming down my face, relating to certain things said and feeling for the poet. I borrowed this from Kindle Unlimited, not sure what to expect. Now I will be purchasing this for my library. It's just so beautiful, the kind of poetry you would want to read again and again. I will be checking out her blog and hope to see more po ...more
Rehan Abd Jamil
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Although he wasn't dead, i still grieved him. the love of my life was no longer a part of my life.
Danielle N
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gretchen is no stranger to those of us who frequent the bookish blogosphere. She has already established a name for herself through her continuously positive interaction, honest reviews and poetic posts. If for some reason you have yet to make her lovely acquaintance, you should remedy that by visiting her.

There is often a certain amount of hesitancy that I encounter reviewing titles by those I have come to know on a somewhat personal level. As you can imagine, being an honest reviewer, it is ca
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you liked poetry books like Milk and Honey and The Princess Saves Herself in This One, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. I used to really not enjoy poetry. I thought of it as a piece of work that I had to analyze during English class. I also thought of scenes in movies/shows when a group of people sit in a cafe and a hipster guy stands at a front and proclaims an exaggerated poem while everyone snaps. So needless to say, I used to snicker at the idea of poetry. And I know I’m not alone in feeling this wa ...more
Alicia Cook
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE LOVE LOVED this collection of poetry. I believe this is Gomez' debut collection of poetry and she knocked it out of the proverbial park with this release. What sets it apart from a lot of the poetry I have been reading is that there is actual DIALECT, not just pretty words...but dialect. Gomez is Latina and incorporates that into her work, head on, even including spanish-language stanzas. I loved that she did not shy away from what makes her so unique: her heritage, her womanhood, and not ...more
Misty's Book Space
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, reread, ebook
I don't know how to write about the happy parts because all I knew was the sadness.

I have been following Gretchen's blog for a while now and when I found out that she was releasing a poetry collection I had to get a copy, even though poetry isn't a genre I typically read, and I am so glad I got this. Every woman should read this collection of poems. It's about heartbreak an losing yourself in someone and finding your way back to "you". This collection is so real and raw and Gretchen just has a w
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i once dreamt that
i kept getting on and off
the wrong trains and
never found my stop.

i felt scared.

once i got off the
right stop, i felt
like i was walking
in the wrong direction.

when i woke up
from that dream,
i felt marked and hollow.
and i thought
about myself and
what i was doing
in the dream.

here's what i learned:
-i never looked at the signs
when getting on and off the train
-i didn't feel at peace when
i got off the right stop

the right stop is my
heart loving you.
but we were always headed
Darque  Dreamer
When I found out that there was a book of poetry out there written by one of our very own fellow bloggers, I just knew I had to get my hands on it! I was not disappointed by it! It was powerful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and thought provoking. For anyone who loves poetry and enjoys reading something written from the heart, this one is for you. For those who do not enjoy poetry or sometimes find poetry hard to understand, you will enjoy these poems because they are easy to read, heartfelt, and to ...more
“i should’ve stopped”

those 4 words were repetition to my ears and those 4 words stuck with me the whole time. i might not know this heartbreak but i understand it. there is so many things we should have stopped but did not so we kept welcoming destruction and sorrow in our life. my heart hurt reading gretchen’s words but they were so open and raw. i was falling with each page i turned waiting for her happiness. it was as if i was rushing her but i had to read her journey to learn a great deal. r
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review on my blog.

This was an emotional read that reminded me a lot of how I felt the first time I read the princess saves herself in this one. Do you ever read something and feel the words echo through your soul because they could be about you? I won’t say I felt that way about every poem in this collection, because I didn’t, but there were several that squeezed my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

I love that it isn’t broken up into sections, but still reads like a journey through differ
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"you were meant to be loved by a lover.
not a son in search of his mother."

YAASSSS. Y'know what I loved most about this? How honest it was. Gretchen Gomez's poetry isn't pretentious, just real. I think I've said before that I'm not usually a fan of poetry centered around one particular heartbreak, but there are exceptions, and this is one of them.

I also enjoyed the varying layouts of the pieces - it made the book visually stunning, too.

Man, I wish I'd bought a ticket to the Gomez train a long t
Lexi Vranick
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gretchen does not hold back. Every emotion pours through with clarity and an exceptional rawness through this collection. She is an open book in her poetry; I felt each pang of heartache, each stepping stone of strength, and each and every triumph she expressed as if they were my own. It takes a special kind of writer to translate such intense emotion into clear poetry. Her honesty is humbling and beautiful. I adore this collection, and absolutely cannot wait to read more from Gretchen.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2-stars
This is a very raw and honest poetry collection about loving, hurting, breaking and healing. I am in awe of the strength it speaks and the courage to write and publish something so personal.
I also really enjoyed how all the pieces seemed to be part of one giant work and it read like the flow of a journey. I did also found it somewhat repetitive.

Sadly enough, the theme of the collection just didn't really resonate with me. I realised recently that poems about heartbreak or healing from unhealthy
Kelley Cantrell
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to tattoo some of these lines onto my skin.
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Gretchen Gomez is a Puerto Rican poet from The Bronx. When home you will find her watching crime shows, cuddling with her dog, or writing—trying to make sense of things. Gretchen is a full-time lover of words. She is the author of love, and you. She's also working on other collections.

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