Confessions of a Wallflower Poetry Collection Review

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This book was phenomenal. I’m so honored to have been able to get a copy of Juansen Dizon’s Confession of a Wallflower. It was beautiful, his mastery of prose was poignant and made my heart fall, rise, and leap.

—Amazon Review by Deburt 🌷

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Confessions of a Wallflower Poetry Collection Review

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Trying to express your inner feelings, understanding your inner demons, and explaining to your loved ones what you’ve been dealing with, is something that you can’t simply put into words. Especially when you are constantly afraid what people might think of you or how they might treat you differently; once you try your best to share your struggle that is not just simply a “sadness” sensation. However, Juansen Dizon poetry collection has helped me understand myself and comforted me with his words. He was able to describe a feeling that I couldn’t express or explain. Confession of a Wallflower is definitely worth reading. Like, seriously go buy it now. I can’t wait to buy his new book that’s sometime in April, I believe. 

— Amazon Review by Pandalystic 🌷

Hearts and Empires by Cynthia Go (Book Review)

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Prisoner

 

She built a wall, a fortress so high

That keeps her a prisoner of her own mind 

So on days she couldn’t glimpse the sun

Please don’t tell her to just get out and get about

Because darling, I assure you 

She doesn’t know how to escape

This lonely castle she built 

Out of her own tears, cut, and howl of anguish

Where hidden doors are called Happiness

And keys are called Prozac 

Or sometimes the usual,

‘It’s just in your mind.’

 

Hearts and Empires is Cynthia Go’s debut poetry collection which I very much enjoyed reading from start to end. It is wonderful and raw. The other pieces that I admired the most in this collection are I Believe There’s An Alternate Reality Where We Both Make It, Tell Me Something I Didn’t Know, Too Late, Constellation of Her Bones, Maybe It’s Okay and The Love Letters To The Dead.

This book tackles on subjects about love, loss, heartbreak, trauma, depression, and healing. Some of the pieces may be triggering because it has dark themes but overall Cynthia Go shines light on the topic of hope in the end. 

Her writing style is very simple, raw and magical. I just love this book, and I am looking forward to her next collection. It truly is a unique piece of literature.

Let me be the first to say that this book is a success.

Book Review: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

“People are screwed up in this world. I’d rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode.”

I don’t know where to start. I can’t even get the characters out of my head. Especially the Craig and Noelle romance. Wow.

It’s sad, romantic, humorous, and very honest in the eyes of a clinically depressed person like me.

And I was right that it ends with a good ending. The synopsis at the back of the book spoiled it in a way.

What’s special about this book is its simplicity from start to finish. And again, it’s very honest in a funny and humorous way.

But I have to be honest too and say that this is one of those books where life and fiction can be so close, yet so far away. And with these kinds of books, it’s truly hard to grasp if there was something to be learned simply because it was full of meaning.

Yet we still have to choose between life and fiction. And for me, I choose fiction. Fiction is what I live for. Life could be a nightmare sometimes, as Craig Gilner would say. And I found my anchor (A term he uses for something clinically depressed people do to cope up and hold on to life), and it’s writing.

This is a novel that would really help me a lot with my own novel because of its similarities. It’s not stealing I guess. I think writers evolve by mixing up their own style with other writers style which would result into a sparkling cocktail of a new and unique style.

It didn’t inspire me just to write more. But it inspired to live more.

And as usual, I’ll end with a closing quote 🙂

“Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it.”

Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

“In my arms is a woman who has given me a Skywatcher’s Cloud Chart, a woman who knows all my secrets, a woman who knows just how messed up my mind is, how many pills I’m on, and yet she allows me to hold her anyway. There’s something honest about all this, and I cannot imagine any other woman lying in the middle of a frozen soccer field with me – in the middle of a snowstorm even – impossibly hoping to see a single cloud break free of a nimbostratus.”

This book is really close to my heart. Even though it talked about football a lot in the middle pages. I almost got bored. Actually, I did get bored a little. Thankfully the boring parts were only in the middle pages of the book.

What I learned about this novel is that happy endings or silver linings do happen but not in the way we want it. Most of the time we don’t even notice these happy endings because we’re so focused on our version of a happy ending. Sometimes the other version is much better than our version of a happy ending.

Another thing I learned is that life is a series of movies. We have to learn and accept that some movies end badly. It teaches us to be strong. It teaches us to move on to the next movie. Where the director which is “God” may create a better ending for us than the last one.

The most important thing that I learned is: We should accept the love that life gives us.

Like Pat accepted Tiffany’s love in the end. Ending his movie with Nikki and moving on to his new movie with Tiffanny.

The ending almost made me cry. I feel like I would read this book again in the near future.

I’ll end with one of my favorite quotes from this book.

“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”

Book Review: The Path Of Us

The Path Of Us

“Everyone thinks that when you die for someone you love then you’re like, a hero or something.”

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Thank you, Cassandra Javier, for this free book.

It’s a romantic novelette about losing love in order to find true love. It’s where in society people get so fixed up about this idea of a picture perfect relationship that they forget all the flaws and wrongs in the hopes of holding into that picture perfect relationship.

People are in love with ideas. People can’t differentiate love from infatuation.

It’s because we accept the love we think we deserve.

It’s an excellent book 🙂

You can buy it here for only $1.

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Book Review: Hope For The Flowers

Hope For The Flowers

“How does one become a butterfly? They have to want to learn to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

It’s a very short book. I don’t know if it counts as a novel because a novel must contain at least 40,000 words. I finished the book in one sitting. Actually, I was lying down reading myself to sleep. Actually, I finished this book when I was in 7th grade.

Only now did I truly understand the true meaning of this book. I love symbolisms, especially symbolisms combined with nature which I usually do in my poems. I love flowers and butterflies too. And I’m not gay.

I think this is one of those books I wish I’ve created because I’ve created a short story fairly similar to this although I haven’t posted it yet. I may not even post it. I could turn it into a short story like this one with illustrations and stuff.

Anyway, this book is about human nature. Some people love stepping on other people to reach the top only to realize that there’s nothing up there.

What I learned:

People are willing to succeed, but they are not willing to change. 

Success is not about reaching the top.

But success is about the will to change.