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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  50 reviews
"how wrong,
how twisted,
how ill-fated
it should be
that you were the one
to bring out my poetry."

A collection of poetry written by Kara Petrovic, a 21 year old who struggles with PTSD, and her diagnoses between Bipolar II Disorder and Borderline Personality. These poems give a look into the heartbreak, anguish, and ultimately, acceptance that comes to those afflicted wi
Paperback, 171 pages
Published April 21st 2017 by Independently Published
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Shirley Revill
A book of poetry in which I felt that by reading I glimpsed inside the very soul of the poet.
Really touched my heart and made me feel the emotions that where in the prose.
Beautiful and inspiring. This book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf.
Thank you to the author,publisher and of course Goodreads for a copy of this wonderful book.
It was really appreciated. Recommended. Xxx
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love heals all.
Love overcomes all.
And though you cannot love someone's illness away.
Sometimes it is best to love them at all."

This book was beautiful. The emotions were so vivid and honest.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘i think i really did love you in a way i never had before. i think love always shows up in different ways’

Poet Kara Petrovic a young and gifted poet who has shard her life with mental illnesses and her self therapy has been her writing. Her poems have been identified as genderfluid and LGBTQ.

In a short preface Kara offers a touching view of this book – ‘This is a collection of my writings that concern my illness, my trauma and reflect a negative time in my life. Yet still, I believe that this w
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

The thing is, I don't usually read poetry. Like, I just had to add a "poetry" shelf to my Goodreads because of this. I had read a bit of Kara's poetry before and it made me want to read more, so I did. It honestly makes me want to read more poetry than I currently do? Because it made me feel all sorts of ways. There are some poems and lines that I could feel in my soul and it hurts. In good-bad ways I have no idea.

I still don't think poetry is My Thing, not like fiction
Melissa Jacobson
actual rating 4.75

Oh this was just lovely! I related to a lot of aspects of this book and I really loved so many of the poems in this. There were, as always is the case with poetry, some poems I didn't love, hence the 4.75 but overall this is easily one of the best poetry collections I've ever read.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"....and if i am a goddess, my mother is the titan that came before me, unfathomably powerful, and the fabric of my very universe."
Powerful words on love and fear and pain from a 22-year-old with bipolar and borderline personality disorder.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Everyone should read this. I haven't read poetry before that captures what I feel in the midst of the storm, but this, this beautifully encompasses it all. And I think the best way to express my love for this poetry collection is to include my favorite piece.

"And when I fell, I fell from the atmosphere, but the ground did not cushion my fall.
I plummeted deep within the earth, just missing oblivion but nestling instead into the centre of the void.
I grew comfortable here, I let it seep into my bo
Please Pass the Books
Beyond Rock Bottom: A Collection of Poetry by Kara Petrovic is a compilation of the author's prose, chronicling some incredibly dark and difficult times in life. There is a cautionary clause as the book begins, a trigger warning for depictions that include suicide, mental illness, and sexual assault. Coincidentally, there is a poem called "Little Triggers," where the author addresses this sensitivity. Petrovic also covers self-harm, gender binary, heartbreak, self-awareness and, finally, absolut ...more
David Styles
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Kara’s words I found many thoughts and feelings echoing snapshots of very many lives I’ve known along my own path—and though I have very different life experiences to the poet in a lot ways, they seem to share my own uncrushable hope; a glimpse of an incorruptible potential for goodness in an often cruel and callous world. That everyone, including the cruel and callous, does the best they can. That this doesn’t excuse malfeasance, but does offer us a lens to understand its context.

These poems
Payal Sinha
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Rock Bottom is a collection of poems mostly with a negative edge but written with personal touches and in elegant and eloquent manner. The book is for adult readers and triggers a sensitive and poignant note in our hearts. I have lots of favorites such as "Little Wolves"
i am the opposite of the boy who cried wolf
i am the boy who went silently as the wolves came around
i am the boy who allowed the wolf to maul him alive
i am the boy who went down without even a whisper and left the pieces of
Ingrid M.  Susi
This was such a touching reading. I feel somewhat emotional now. Poetry has always been something that touches my soul to its deepest ends and I think that when I keep reading this kind of sad, but at the same time very educational poetry, then I'll forever end up being heartbroken after I finish reading them. It's not a bad thing - kind of the opposite actually! Poetry is my favourite way of expressing your thoughts, feelings and even talking about your life struggles because that's what writin ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kara Petrovic is a very young author. And a very talented one, in my personal opinion, having already added her poetry books to the list of things to keep an eye on.
The poems reflect her struggle with some very serious Mental Illnesses, helping to raise attention to them. You can certainly feel the anguish and the pain in her words. She sounds very mature for her age and I’m sure writing helps her in the fight against her illness. This is very good writing, focused on her relationships with the
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Rock Bottom: A Collection of Poetry by Kara Petrovic, is written by a 21 year old that struggles with PTSD and her diagnoses between Bipolar II Disorder and Borderline Personality. The collection spans across three years, looking at Kara's relationships from those who loved her, the ones that didn't, the ones she loved and the way she tried to love herself. All the poems cover topics ranging from heartbreak, emotions and coming to terms with a mental illness.

Each poem is brutally honest a
Shanell Meek
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep, raw and heart wrenching

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to struggle with PTSD, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, this is the book to read. Kara Petrovic opens up a window into her souls through her writing. Beyond Rock Bottom is a collection of her writing over 3 years, she writes to those who loved her, those who didn’t love her and she writes about trying to love herself. All too often when we pick up a book of poetry there’s a hidden expectation of loo
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Rock Bottom by Kara Petrovic is an incredibly moving poetry collection. I have always been a fan of poetry, but I especially like when poetry is used to reflect difficult and painful emotions. It is a genre that works effectively for tough topics like the ones in this collection. Side note – the poet does begin the book with a trigger warning since it does deal with issues like mental illness, suicide, and sexual assault.

The poetry is lyrical and reflective. With simple, direct lines, th
Renee Spicuzza
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kara Petrovic’s, “Beyond Rock Bottom: A Collection of Poetry,” gives a unique perspective to mental illness, as she herself struggles with various diagnoses. Having been diagnosed with not just PTDS, but also Bipolar II and Borderline Personality, her experiences in life are much different than anything I have ever had to endure and I think it is something that provides an alternative viewpoint on mental illness that many people may not understand due to a lack of experience. Petrovic opens up a ...more
The topic of mental health issues is a fraught one in the US. So, it is rare that someone in the mental health community opens up about their life and their battles and publishes those words. This book is a collection of poems that deal with the harsh reality for the author, Kara Petrovic as they struggle with their relationships and their mental battles. These poems might seem at first glance simple and inelegant, but the force of the words will shock you if you truly read them with an open hea ...more
Rachel Horon
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When someone hits rock bottom, there is the optimist viewpoint that one can only go up. When that person is suffering from one or more forks of mental illness, that light is not easily seen. This poet expressed the struggles of young love and trust when there has already been broken hearts in the path to this moment. At the same time, there is beauty in the descriptions of family and close friend as well as the dark side of illness. These descriptions allow readers into the mind of something tha ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely beautiful work! A must read that will open your eyes. What an amazing insight into the mind of someone with mental illness. The poems just blew me away with their details and information. I found that this book really helped me understand better what someone with mental illness goes through and how they see the world. The poetry was beautiful and really gave a fantastic view with how the author’s mind works. I imagine that the flow of the poems really reflexed the mental path of the a ...more
Julius Blitzy
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘How wrong, how twisted, how ill-fated, it should be, that you were the one to bring out my poetry.’
The most pure and unique words that can possibly come out to you are not the ones you found by inspiration, the real ones are those who come out of your heart. We, by nature expect anything to be perfect, even when something bad happen we try desperately to find something positive out of it and try to move on, but as we learn that it might not be that easy, we also find a new perspective on what’s
Kate Brackett
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This young pet is talented, honest, and exposing her deepest feelings in this book of poetry. Kara struggles with several ailments including PTSD, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder - all that contribute to the struggles she lays bare for all of us to read. The writing is excellent. She is very gifted and some of the poems I read several times just to soak in everything she was explaining. This is emotional, raw, and honest explanations of Kara and her love for others, th ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I expected. I knew from going in that this is poetry from an author who struggles with mental illness, PTSD and some other conditions, but I was determined that I won’t read the poems through that lens. But, I couldn’t, because the author didn’t let me.
The poems are really heavy, themes like that can often be difficult to read about, but when you know that the author speaks from her own experience, it is a hundred times tougher. The poems themselves, even if you take the author
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you read Beyond Rock Bottom, you will see the depths Kara Petrovic feels as she sinks within herself desperately searching for acceptance, love, and peace within herself. She lacks the confidences others so easily put on, and she realizes what her mental state puts her through as she continually deals with abuse she for forced to endure.

Kara Petrovic reveals the raw emotions she experienced through the rejection she felt by others. Through words she is able to express what is in her heart, wh
Rachel Kester
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kara Petrovic will take you on a heartbreaking journey as you read her collection of poems that work to help bring awareness to the problems that mental illnesses can cause. These poems look at various themes, like loneliness and anger, that help to provide the reader with an understanding of those who suffer from these horrendous illnesses as well as be a comfort to those who are suffering from them. The poems also look into her relationships as she reflects on those who had her best interests ...more
Charlie Latham
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I was not expecting to feel so much.

Kara has a skill in writing poetry that really makes you feel what she’s going through and the struggles she’s had to deal with.

Mental illness is a horrific thing that is often hard for those that haven’t experienced it to relate to. I really believe that the best way to express to those how it feels is through art. Whether that be painting, poetry or any other artistic expression, it is wonderful to see people share these experiences that are so hard t
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
beyond rock bottom by Kara Petrovic is a moving collection of poems that tap into the author's consciousness. Sometimes bleak, sometimes hopeful with a black underbelly, these poems are nothing if not an expose of the writer's inner workings. Highly emotional and well wrought, this writing pulls you in and you feel the every emotion of Kara. Compelling and not to be missed, this collection amplifies the need for mental health advocacy and care, as we witness Kara's struggle. Highly recommended f ...more
Mckenzie Vlad  David
Probably one of the best poetry books I've read thus far.
Here's my favorite part extracted from the book:

"i share not for the opportunity of exposure,
or money,
however motivating it may be,
but rather because it occurred to me one day,
that while i sat in a dark room and kept my feelings
locked in a suede journal,
that while i suffered in silence and forged tears into
that someone out there may be feeling the same way,
that someone might be sitting in a dark room,
cold and without a match,
Thomas Doherty
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i real experience, is how i best describe beyond rock bottom. reading thru the parts offers are raw and true narrative into the struggles and experiences that the author lived. Divided into four parts the first and second drawing you into the life of the author then the third gives a raw unedited glance at how they view the world and their own hardships. The final part offers closure onto its self giving an understanding of how the author themselves view everything that happened to them. All in ...more
Jacob Rohrbach
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been the biggest poetry fan, only reading what people give me. But I grabbed this book on a whim and it didn't disappoint.

This collection of poetry about Petrovic's personal traumas, experiences, and though process is something else. It paints the pain, the constant questioning, and sheer trauma she experiences in a strong, brutally honest, and impactful way. Yet still remains relatable in a strange fashion.

I'm glad I picked up this collection, it was very much worth the experience.
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Love overcomes all.
And though you cannot love someone's illness away.
Sometimes it is best to love them at all.”
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and decided
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