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Love Looks Pretty on You

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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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I’m such a huge fan of Lang Leav so when I saw this book, I just had to buy it!

I always love how organized Lang’s collections are. She knows how to come up with with an overarching theme and how to follow it. She never tries too hard to make her poems fit into the theme. That is very true with this collection. It was effortless the way the poems came together to convey her message.

However, for some reason, there was something missing from this collection. I can’t quite place it, but it was
[Shai] Bibliophage
I've already read all the works of Lang Leav, from her poetry books to her very first novel. In her last published book, Sea of Strangers, I mentioned that it is the best anthology she has written but with this new release, I think it might have surpassed the aforementioned because I think 80% of the content of this book is quite fabulous. I like that there is a lot of the poetry and prose in this collection that empowers readers, especially the women.
Love Looks Pretty On You by Lang Leav
Some of the poems and prose about love
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
And if ever you find my name slipping from your memory, I can promise you, by the time this year is through, you will never forget it again.

Lang Leav was my first contemporary poetry love, and no matter how many collections she releases, I genuinely don't believe I'll ever stop adoring them. She always seems to know exactly the right things to say, and when I pick up one of her books, always, it feels like coming home.

Our salvation will only come if we stand together.

Love Looks Pretty on You
”The world is hard
When you’re in between
Your future world
And childhood dreams”

I enjoyed this poetry, it’s about love, abuse, anxiety, falling in love and falling out of it and finding yourself. It’s so honest and this poet has a lovely way with words and some of them actually made me tear up a little?? Some of the poems about youth really got to me.

“Here’s the story of my life. Hoping they would care about me or wishing they wouldn’t care so much.”
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
This came to me at an important time in my life.

Everything is a mess, and my mind is so loud that it's hard to breath. Lang's collection matched all my thoughts and emotions. Love and longing, loss and emptiness.
A Long Time Ago

Everything feels sentimental these days, every song feels loaded, feels somehow directed at me. Every emotion is heightened tenfold, your fingertips leaving burn marks on my skin.

I think it only feels this way for me when things are beginning or when they're ending.

And my
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:


Trigger warning: None up till the point I read.

I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I’ve heard about Leav’s poetry collections. Most people rave about them. Having come across a review with some quotes that I really liked I requested it. Unfortunately I didn’t like it.

I hesitate to call this poetry. Some of it read like random thoughts that were penned right away. There were pages where there was only a sentence.

While I did
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, poetry
ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

It's a decent poetry collection about all kinds of love. It's slightly better than the author's other collection but it lacked an emotional impact. However, there are a few standouts like: Vultures, What You Wish For, Loyalty, First Steps, Idols, and The Friendship Bond.
Love Looks Pretty on You came to me as a surprise, this is better than her earlier works. I tried her poetry books it’s a tricky relationship but with her novel, phew, that blew my socks off.

What I noticed as a whole is that it felt a bit detached, it lacks the emotion mostly present in her poetry books. Some love pieces that felt monotonous in voice.

However, it brought me to a strong impression of the uplifting and eye-opening encouragement I got from Love Looks Pretty on You. The author shone
Aya Hamza
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, feminism
"I have buried myself so deep in my words that sometimes I don't know if I am the person writing or hiding between the lines"

I really enjoyed this collection! I had my eyes on Lang Leav collections for a while, but never picked them up because modern poetry are hit or miss for me.
And I am glad to say I liked this collection by her. I need to check out more of her works.

This collection is all about women empowerment and has lots of feminist themes, mixed with other poems about love and
thank you netgalley for providing me with this arc in exchange for an, ahem, honest review

i don't know why i thought leav would've changed. why would she change when the old garbage has worked out so well for her? still, i found myself downloading this book from netgalley just to see.

and folx... it's still awful poetry. i really don't think much of it can even be classified as poetry.

what killed me was the poem where she put a disclaimer: 'written at twelve years of age.' it seemed to me at the
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read the full review at Elgee Writes

I am sure Lang Leav is no stranger to any of us. And in her sixth book she has brought her magic back. I kept underlining her and highlighting so many of her lines, especially the ones about abuse in relationships and being a strong woman.

When my best friend told me
she was in love
my first thought was,
‘I hope he is good to her.’
And it suddenly occurred to me,
what I held in my heart for her
was hope, when it should
have been expectation.

I love that her
Book Soul9
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2019, poetry
Love Looks Pretty on You is the first Lang Leav's novel that I have read and I must say that I am not disappointed. I really enjoyed reading this book and it is surprising that the mentioned topics could be represented this good way. The book tells a story of a woman fighting against her feelings. At some point, she is loved and she feels pretty. She can freely say that she is happy. That kind of happy that makes her rethink her emotional state. Is she really completely happy? Her
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Good lord, Lang Leav has a way with words.

I first fell in love with her work when I read came across some poems on Pinterest that were from her Memories collection. UH-MAZING.

Her poetry is relatable, passionate, stimulating and thought-provoking. It just doesn't disappoint.

Shut Out

I felt it every day, that feeling of exclusion. Like a gradual
drop in temperature. A slow freezing out of a world I once
belonged to. I was nudged ever so slowly toward the exit, I
didn't even see the door. I only
Erika Sarutobi
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The collection of poems were more about loss than love. It didn't really match with the title.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
My first Lang Leav, and I must say I'm disappointed. This reads more like diary entries or a collection of personal thoughts. The problem is, they don't evoke any feeling nor rich in imagery. They are not deep, nor they trigger me into some deep contemplation. Most of them are flat and forgettable.

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a review copy.
steph ♥
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this is the universe's way of telling me that Lang Leav and I need to part ways, it's been great but her work has gone from profound to generic Hallmark card statements. There's better poetry to be read, the end.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a lovely read, it's the first book I read from this author but I'll probably read more.

"I don't know why I am like this.
People ask me why I can't do
anything without jumping through
a thousand thoughts, like hoops.
But sometimes I wonder if my
inability to function in the real
world is really such a bad thing. I
wonder if that's why I've spent so
much time sheltered in my

And because I can't live in the real
world, I create worlds to belong to.
And I wonder if the very thing
Sarah Marie
Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

4.75 stars

“She felt a surge of joy that warmed her so unexpectedly, so completely—it was as though it had been waiting for her all this time. Waiting among the flowers.”

Lang Leav is a famous name that is synonymous with modern poetry. Her works have taken the publishing industry by storm and influenced a lot of poets in the process. This is my first time picking up one of her works and this is the most cohesive of the poetry collections I’ve come across. I

Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

This was not my first Lang Leav's book, I think I read all her previous poetry collections before this. Every time it's a nice surprise to find some of myself in her works. This book was no exception. There are poems that are empowering and others that are sweet and tender. But there are also poems about lost love.
If you enjoy poetry I highly recommend this collection.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, contemporary
"In the wrong hands, your past is a weapon."


To be honest, I haven't read much poetry before, but I've heard a lot about Lang Leav, so I wanted to give this work a try. The prose itself was beautiful and her prose and poetry on misogyny was well done, but overall I thought it was a bit shallow and contradictory. Perhaps I'm just not the right audience for this sort of work. I've never had an all encompassing love (sadly) so I couldn't truly relate.

However, I will say that some of Leav's poems

Reem Ghabbany
same with every lang leav book lol
I've read every poetry book she wrote and I always end up rating them 3 stars
her poetry is simple and easy to touch the heart but sometimes they're too simple and too repetitive and just not eloquent enough
but still, overall, I enjoyed this book
Marta (thecursedbooks)
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
3.5 stars
I really liked this poetry collection, it was tender and very touching. I adored the themes in this one, how falling in love was represented here.
It's probably my favorite book from Lang Leav after Love & Misadventures, it restored my faith in the author and her writing.
Shirley Cuypers
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-beta, ebooks, 2019, poetry
Original review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

Don’t stay where you are needed. Go where you are loved.

Love Looks Pretty on You is a poetry collection about love, heartbreak, relationship and empowerment.

I have been quiet lately, I know. Not because I don’t know anything to say, but because I have too much.

I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like Love Looks Pretty on You because
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review (available from 26th Jan, 2019):

This collection of poems was exactly what I expected it to be: a quick, easy read that filled my soul and calmed my brain.

What to call this book? Poetry, guide, reminiscence? Some poems were painfully adequate for me, others I could relate to with my past self (selves?). The poet actually does a lot of talking to her old self. What's more, there's even a poem she wrote when she was only 12! And it completely
Courtney Whisenant
This book is a gift so I'm glad I waited until I was in the right mood to receive it. I found a kindred spirit in the words and was left with a feeling of hope and validation. The title, Love Looks Pretty on You, captures the essence of the book. It was distinctly feminine without any of the negative connotations I associate with modern feminists. My two favorite quotes are "Don't stay where you are needed. Go where you are loved." and "The less you speak, the more weight your words will carry ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first (and definitely not my last) of Lang Leav’s poetry- this was a breath of fresh air and just what I needed today!

Light yet emotionally deep, I loved this collection and cannot wait to order my next Leav poetry collection.

Thank you so much to Netgalley, Andrew McMeel Publishing, and Lang Leav for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Hizatul Akmah
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
this collection is quite different than most of her other books because most of the poems focused on self-love and self-growth. at this point, i don't think her writings are my cups of tea at all but i totally get it why a lot of readers might enjoy them (to each of their own eh?)
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lang Leav is definitely not for me.

I read all of her poetry books and this is the worst book. I tried to feel the emotions but I couldn’t do it. Some pages are filled with only two sentences. You’re wasting those precious papers!!

Nevertheless, there’re some of the poems that I liked from the book: The Friendship Bond, First Steps, Woman’s Anthem, and Write for Yourself.

The cover looks promising but not the content. If you like poetry, maybe this one is for you. Maybe you will understand her
Atiqah Ghazali
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: rental-xbuy, poetry
"What is the part of you that you can't stand? How do you hide it and who are you most afraid will find out?"

Love Looks Pretty On You is the 7th book by Lang Leav. It is a mix collection of poetry and prose. Some are one liner, some are written in one paragraph and most are contemporary poems. As the leader of the pack, she has been consistent with her writings except this one.

For me, this book fell short. It was as if the author was forcing the creative juice to flow when her schedule might be
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-arcs
This poetry collection made me feel good. About myself, about love and life. After I finished, I just felt calm and happy. There were some really strong pieces which made my heart either skip a beat or beating with so much love. I found myself in some of them.

It felt more as a classic poetry than just some instagram posts. I am looking forward to read other Lang Leav's books.


I am contrary, like the weather,
I change my mind,
from moment to moment.
Something I once believed in,
I no
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Novelist and poet, Lang Leav is an international bestselling author and winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, Churchill Fellowship and Goodreads Choice Award. Often credited with popularizing poetry among a new generation of young readers, Lang’s poetry books, and hit novel, Sad Girls continue to top best seller charts around the world.

Lang has been featured on CNN, SBS Australia, Intelligence
“Love looks pretty on you. Makes you soft, tender, proud.
Makes you sit up and take notice. Gives you a home to set
down your things.
What a blessing it is, to have music and dancing and poetry.
What a gift it is, to look at someone and say,
I’m so happy to have found you—at last, at last, at long, long
last—you’re here.”

You put her on a pedestal. Love her, adore her, crown her
as your queen. Then you watch and wait, for a slip, a split
second when her guard is down. You would tear her into
pieces just to claim a fragment of her story.
No one can be perfect all the time. Why do you expect her to
be any different? Why is she held to an impossible standard?
Why do you take it so personally when she contradicts the
version of herself that exists only in your head?
You think you know her, that she owes you somehow. That
her existence is only relative to yours. But she is her own
person. She lives and breathes, she hopes and dreams. She has
a life, a love, a family, a purpose. And she doesn’t owe anyone
a damn thing.”
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