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Letters to My Younger Self

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Sana Abuleil presents a poetry collection of forgiveness, reflection, and self-love.

Letters to My Younger Self is a poetry collection about the past, the present, and the future. It is a compilation of every word Sana wishes someone had said to her when she was a young girl. When she was struggling. Falling. Breaking. Bleeding. It is a reflection of the responsibility she
Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to #NetGalley for the copy of this book. It means so much to me to read a heartfelt poetry collection by a new author and I am so glad I got a chance to get to read this book on time. I am currently going through some similar issues that are mentioned in this collection and I am somehow feeling humane that there are others who feel the same.
Even though I appreciate the themes tacked in this collection is important and need to be discussed and expressed, I felt like most of the lines kept
No particularly strong feelings about this one. Full review to follow.
Andrea Pole
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
letters to the person i was by Sana Abuleil is a collection of poetry born of a responsibility to convey that whatever the circumstances we currently find ourselves in, life is, ultimately, always worth living.

The verses flowed through my consciousness and many resonated on a deeply profound level. This is a substantive collection that is worthy of the time invested in ruminating on each beautiful word.

Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this ARC.
Alicia Bayer
This is a poetry collection in the popular modern style of journal poetry, very self focused and not exceptionally poetic. The style of all of the poems was fairly similar, leading to a kind of run-on journal feel of it about the author's life. Little color sketches accompany some of the poems. Some readers may enjoy the poems because they relate to them, but it feels so personal that it doesn't feel relatable, yet it feels so impersonal that the reader doesn't feel much empathy either. Not a ...more
This poetry collection had its relatable moments, emotional ones too, and though I empathized, I didn't feel connected to what was expressed on the page. I really wish I liked it more, especially because of how personal the collection seems to be. It was a decent read, but it didn't quite work for me.

*Copy received through NetGalley
*Rating: 2/5 stars
Neriah Samraksha
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I don't love you like
lungs love air because
I don't love you like necessity
I love you like privilege."

Andrews McMeel has done it again! NO ONE, absolutely, NO ONE gave this book the right to wrench my heart out! I have never read a poetry collection which is utterly raw and honest with the emotions each poem bleeds. This poetry collection explores wounds, healing, forgiveness, reflection, self-love and love. Consisting of four chapters titled "the innocence," "the refusing," "the
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
three stars only because i've had bad days and i cried.

*Note: I received a copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ayah Elmallah
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Letters to the person I was” by Sana Abuleil was absolutelyunexpected. I’ve read many poetry collections, but this one’s got to be in my top 3. This collection was incredible, not only because of her powerful writing but the themes and the details put in the book.

The aspect of Sana’s poetry that makes it powerful and brilliant is her imagery. Her creative long metaphors separate her from most poets. How she can hold the reader’s attention for the whole poem, no matter how long, the way she
Midnight Voss
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
There's a trend in poetry right now to produce volumes like this, in the same vein of Rupi Kaur or Amanda Lovelace, with intensely personal poem, introspective, reflective, and not terribly structured. These volumes usually come in 3-4 parts, trying to map a journey (but don't always succeed). Sana Abuleil fits within this tradition, including the specific conceit of telling things to her younger self and adding little doodles throughout. Even though Kaur and Lovelace tends to have more ...more
Something about letters to the person i was gave me the feeling that I was going to love it. The cover, the title, the description all just gave me the same vibe that a lot of my other favourite poetry collections have given me. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I hoped for.

The poetry focuses intensely upon personal experiences, and many of those personal experiences were ones I could deeply relate to. I related to it in a way that was hard for me rather than cathartic. It gave me a lot of
Sanaa Hyder
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Was drawn to this on NetGalley because I saw my name on a book and there was a fellow scarf-clad girl on the cover!

As I read these poems, I found myself feeling Abuleil's sadness and desperation -- how she emotionally drowned herself seeking acceptance from others; these poems really really take you down with them.

And then towards the end, the poems start to pick up -- you can feel the change in the mood, in the words; there is now gratitude and happiness.

I resonated with Abuleil's journey as
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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may your sadness
be your north star
may it help you
find your way back
to tomorrow
may it act as your parachute
not your anchor.
feel it
but don't let it take you over.
learn to love it
accept it
but don't let it build a home
inside you.

~This ARC has been gently provided in exchange for an honest review~

This is a very personal compilation of poems, divided in four chapters representing different stages in the author's life. The poems are about difficult and very sad moments in her life, and how, through
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Letters to the person I was" by Sana abuleil is a personal and touching book. The simplicity of the book attracts the reader and makes the book an easy read. While reading, the illustrations are one of the first things you see. They're not only pleasing to the eyes but also are a way to help the author explain her story. Her long metaphors are well thought out and were easy to understand, making the book a fun and enjoyable read. I recommend this book and i strongly think that it deserves 5 ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Writing these types poems to one's younger self is something I've seen more of from certain younger women poets with traumatic experiences over the last couple of decades. Abuleil calls these poems letters to her younger self and they are filled with sometimes vague, sometimes clear descriptions of experiences that affected her. Unfortunately, the visual aids didn't add much to the poems. The writing itself didn't carry the weight, style, or skill needed to impress or make them memorable.

Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, arcs
I found the collection frustrating. It was deeply personal, yet somehow, it felt like the writer was detached from the writing. I’m not sure I’d even classify this as poetry, so much as stream of consciousness writing. There’s not really anything lyrical or poetic or groundbreaking about the writing. It’s just…fine.

I also found the aesthetics of this book rather distracting. The font choice made it difficult to read. The graphics were oversized and thus overwhelmed the writing. Overall, a miss
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is exactly what it says on the tin - letters/poems the author is writing to younger iterations of herself - and yet it's exactly this that confused me while reading it and makes me not really know how to review it now.

First off, I'm unsure about how I feel about
chopped-off sentences
with no real rhyme
or structure
(yes, yes,
free verse)
but I do sometimes find them effective, both in this book and in
Annette Jordan
Letters to the person I was by Sana Abuliel is a deeply personal collection of poetry on the themes of forgiveness,reflection and self love. The book is divided into four parts , and as the reader processes through these sections they see the writer's growth . Some of the imagery used is striking, and there were several poems that spoke to me on a personal level. The poems may be short, most are a page or less, but that does not lessen their impact or power. This is a collection that will speak ...more
Amy Layton
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems
A heartfelt and empowering compilation of poems told to her younger self, Letters to the Person I Was offers words of wisdom to herself experiencing heartwrenching past events. Though I appreciated the sentimentality (especially the diary-esque dating system of the poetry), I wasn’t too personally crazy about the content. It was nice and sweet, but it didn’t totally do it for me–though that might have also been because of the typeface, which I wasn’t too crazy about either. I did enjoy, however, ...more
Anubha Ghoshal
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't the usual rhyming poetry style, it was different, writing a letter, more like a journal expressing feelings in an unstructured way. It wasn't rhyming but it did what it had to do, express feelings, pain, emotions. It spoke about how we try to blame what's not in our control, and try to save what can't be saved. The poet is inspired by her own feelings towards her friend who self harmed herself. It talked about breaking and how its inevitable, but it heals. It talks about the difference ...more
Angelina Veneziano
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can feel the pain in this poetry collection. You can feel the humanness and the pain of being alive. It’s like Sana Abuleil has let her skin bleed bare and opens. There is bravery and connection in this openness. It is years and their feelings written out on a page. It is healing. The drawings are beautiful and charming, and they reflect the flashes of images shown in this reading process. If you want to be plunged into the pain of the past and the joy of the future, read this.

Thank you
Pao Vilchis
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
“Because you still seem to be a magnet for everything toxic and I’m starting to think it’s because youve been studying this word like its a window when its been a mirror all along”

Letters to the person I was is a poetry collection in which the author writes a series of letters dedicated to her younger self. When I first read the description I had really high hopes because truth be told I have written letters to my old self and it was such a comforting thing to do I wanted to see it done by other
Madison Lessard
Many thanks to the publisher for providing free advance digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been trying to read more poetry, but this one just doesn’t quite hit the way I think it’s supposed to. I can chalk most of this up to the fact that, even from the author’s note and the blurb on the back, the author admits that this is a deeply personal compilation. She dedicates the book to every past/present/future version of herself, and she addresses trauma so
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of poems to a younger self, dated and illustrated. The poems talk about hardships, terrible experiences of abuse and hurt and a slow return to some kind of hope.
I didn't particularly enjoy this anthology to be honest.
It started with the font and I know I have a digital ARC and things can change but the font was so awful to read, I was distracted by it so often, I had trouble focussing on the poems themselves. Please do consider changing it before the release because it
Michelle |  A Geek Girl's Guide
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

letters to the person i was is a new addition to the "Instagram" poetry group, like Milk and Honey or the princess saves herself in this one. These poems are truly letters that Abuleil has written to her past self, reflecting on hard times.

I really like the letters to a former self premise and, for the most part, the execution. She may be writing to her past self, but when a letter relates to your own struggles, you will
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had really high hopes for this poem book. I thought it was going to be really relatable, and although some poems were quite relatable, I just found that I didn't connect with the poems in anyway and just didn't want to read them.
I found that the poems were slightly longer than I like, which is of course personal reference, there was a mix between long and short but the majority were longer. I feel like I don't connect well with longer so this may be why I didn't connect as well with this poem
Pamela Scott

I was moved and impressed in equal measures by this collection of poetry. I was a bit put off at first because the collection uses a very childish and cartoon-like font which took a few pages to get used to. Once I’d adjusted to this however I found incredibly moving, sad and beautiful poems between the pages. The collection is full of lovely, colourful sketches and images as well. The poems are deep and intense and dealt with some pretty dark subjects
Dirty Dayna
i don't know if i would call this a poetry book because its more like a self reflection journal. I felt there was struggle in this book because of how similar each poem was but i feel this book fits with the current authors coming out with poetry such as "Rupi Kaur" and even the title not having proper punctuations just like Kaur. this poetry didn't work for me but parts of it did show the authors pain and growth it just wasn't enough to save the book in my opinion
Jessica Snyder
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and sad. The artwork really sparks the book for me. This is such a heavy subject matter and for it to be handled in such a way is really inspiring. The come away the author had and the growth. The ability to learn to stop blaming oneself for others harm. It’s something I think most people can relate to at one time in their lives.
Taylor Knight
I did enjoy most of the poems in this collection, however, I did feel like the overall quality wasn't quite like other poetry collections I've recently read. I appreciated the thoughtfulness in the poems and I thought many were relatable but I didn't connect with many of them and some didn't feel like they were ready to be included in the book.
Mandy Hazen
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 12 years old your closest friend is cutting themselves. Crying out for and needing help. Instead of telling them they are valued, loved, to help them get help, all the things you are scared to say and finally put all down in eloquently beautiful and heartbreaking poetry. Beautifully written.
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