Review: Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope by Artisan Press

On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. Together they raised their voices in hope, protest, and solidarity.
This inspiring collection features hundreds of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from across the United States and around the world. Each is a powerful reminder of why we march.

Why We March was the perfect read to satisfy my need for more after having followed the Women’s March all over social media. As the blurb states, the signs featured in here will evoke all kids of emotions–from laughing to contemplating to clutching your heart, this collection will make you feel it all. Real talk, I ended up in tears I couldn’t hold back so many times it got alarming.

It was also a very quick read that I tried to saver, but found to be quite impossible when the following page is RIGHT THERE!! I kept turning to the next page and the next and next, until I unexpectedly reached the last one and was left bewildered as to why I completed it so quickly…

On that note, here are the many, many signs I loved in this collection:

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Without a shadow of a doubt, Why We March is a read I’ll come back to time and again, especially when in need for something uplifting, heartening and gripping. Oh, and quick warning: if you’re reading this before bed, like I did, be prepared for a thumping heart, pumping with adrenaline, and the sudden need to fight someone… that is to say: I LOVED it!! And I can’t stress enough how grateful I am that it exists.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: March 7th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire

In this collection of love letters, Will Darbyshire provides a safe environment for people to share their thoughts on modern relationships. Some people sent in letters, pictures, poetry… This Modern Love collects these letters together to form a compendium of 21st century love, structured into the beginning, middle and end of a relationship.

“Some of the letters are bitter, some of them are raw. Some of them are thankful, and some of them might make you laugh. But they have all made me think about some of our most fundamental needs and desires. And I hope they will do the same for you.”

Since this book was divided into three parts, I decided to share my favorite letters from each part:

beginning

This part focuses on the beginning of a relationship. “It lays the foundations for everything to come. And despite being daunting, frankly terrifying territory, it’s surprisingly a time we look back on fondly.”

“Dear Josh

Although we are good friends, I don’t know how to tell you that I have had the biggest crush on you since the first day I saw you in my English class.

I mean, how do I tell you that I like you when I haven’t even told anyone that I’m gay.

We talk so much and you probably think of it as a normal conversation but to me… It’s more. It’s an escape from the reality. The reality of a guy who lays in bed wishing that he was in an alternate universe, one in which both him and you would fall in love with each other.

I guess that’s just wishful thinking. I can accept that we will only be friends but I just wanted you to know that you’re beautiful and I love you.

Anonymous

This was the very first letter and it was already breaking my heart.

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You are like that one piece of artwork in an art gallery that people spend a little longer admiring.

Rosa
UK”

“Dear You,

You’re so beautiful. Your smile, your eyes, your lips, your hands, everything. Did you know that you play in my mind like one of my favourite song lyrics, you sting my heart like after eating a bowl of hot soup. You know me but I don’t think you see me, I see you for one, I see you like no other, I see you so often your image never leaves the remains of my brain. I wish you see me, I wish you remembered me. I wish that you could see me the way I see you. I see you for you and that is the you that I love, but please can you see me too.

Sincerely

Brianna
Manitoba, Canada”

I really loved the specificity in this letter.

middle

The middle part of this book focuses on people celebrating their relationship.

“Dear Joseph,

Thank you.

Thank you for making me see the stars when I only saw the darkness.

Agnes
Sweden”

“It’s funny how technology was the reason my relationship started, but was also the reason why it ended.
Jovana, Serbia”

end

This part pays tribute to the end of relationships. And it was consequently my favorite part.

“The morbid reality of relationships is that they really only have two outcomes. It either works out or it doesn’t.”this-modern-love-7-bookspoils“dear jake,

you ruined so many songs for me.

Katherine
New Mexico, USA”

This line… this line perfectly summed up a feeling that is all too familiar. this-modern-love-8-bookspoils“Dear A,

I am 99% sure you have my childhood Pokemon card collection. When we parted ways you placed my possessions in a bag and left the bag outside my house. The Pokemon cards weren’t included.

Sorry I drunkenly messaged you asking if you had stolen my Pokemon cards. Sorry that was the first thing I said to you after saying nothing for three years. Thanks for a great time, I mean it.

I hope you are OK.

As always,

Soph
UK”

“Dear Boy

You once told me that in the space of two years every cell in your body regenerates.

There will come a day when I can reclaim my own skin, when my flesh will have never been touched by you.

Never yours,

Girl
New Zealand”

“Dear Ben,

Would you kindly keep your topless snapchat selfies to yourself. No they do not make me want you. And no I do not understand ‘dem bedtime feels’.

Also a word of advice if you ever hope to attract a girl; try less pout and more personality.

Peace (no love),

Shanahbelle
Australia”

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Sadness always licked at the feet of our love but we still never chose to wear shoes.

I found myself a pair of boots now, I hope you’ve found some too.

Hannah
UK”

“Dear Joe,

I lied, you never made me orgasm.

Megan
England”

“Dear Collin,

Thank you for being the guy to help me realize I’m utterly and completely a lesbian.

Rachel
New York, USA”

This and the above one (from Megan) are my absolute favorites!!

“Dear guy who I used to know,

I wish you never took me to the movies in my favorite cinema. I wish you never took me to my favorite restaurant. I wish you never spent christmas with me. I wish you never took me to Amsterdam. I wish you never kissed and hugged me in my room. I wish you never told me that you loved me at my favorite spot in my hometown. I wish you never gave me my favorite book for my birthday.

You’re gone now, but all my favorite places and things still remind me of you. They aren’t my favorite places and things anymore.

Anonymous

This!!!


Although quite a few of the letters were exquisitely exquisite, the majority of this book I found to be a pretty average read. Only the ones above managed to make me react both physically and emotionally to the text, which, considering there are over 220 pages, left me feeling quite disappointed.

But I did absolutely love the photography captured throughout:
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Also, listening to this next song really got me into the collection:

3/5 stars

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Review: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose.
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It’s difficult trying to review this because every poem is extremely personal, tender and exquisite in its own way.

So I decided to feature some of my favorite ones:

“you tell me to quiet down cause
my opinions make me less beautiful
but i was not made with a fire in my belly
so i could be put out
i was not made with a lightness on my tongue
so i could be easy to swallow
i was made heavy
half blade and half silk
difficult to forget and not easy
for the mind to follow”

“i struggle so deeply
to understand
how someone can
pour their entire soul
blood and energy
into someone
without wanting
anything in
return

– i will have to wait till i’m a mother”

“when my mother says i deserve better
i snap to your defense out of habit
he still loves me i shout
she looks at me with defeated eyes
the way a parent looks at their child
when they know this is the type of pain
even they can’t fix
and says
it means nothing to me if he loves you
if he can’t do a single wretched thing about it”

“he only whispers i love you
as he slips his hands
down the waistband
of your pants

this is where you must
understand the difference
between want and need
you may want that boy
but you certainly
don’t need him”

“i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut”

“people go
but how
they left
always stays”

“what i miss most is how you loved me. but what i didn’t know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person i was. it was a reflection of everything i gave to you. coming back to me. how did i not see that. how. did i sit here soaking in the idea that no one else would love me that way. when it was i that taught you. when it was i that showed you how to fill. the way i needed to be filled. how cruel i was to myself. giving you credit for my warmth simply because you had felt it. thinking it was you who gave me strength. wit. beauty. simply because you recognized it. as if i was already not these things before i met you. as if i did not remain all these once you left.”

“loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself”

“you tell me
i am not like most girls
and learn to kiss me with your eyes closed
something about the phrase—something about
how i have to be unlike the women
i call sisters in order to be wanted
makes me want to spit your tongue out
like i am supposed to be proud you picked me
as if i should be relieved you think
i am better than them”

“other women’s bodies
are not our battlegrounds”

“you were a dragon long before
he came around and said
you could fly

you will remain a dragon
long after he’s left”

“you look at me and cry
everything hurts

i hold you and whisper
but everything can heal”

“how you love yourself is
how you teach others
to love you”

“what terrifies me most is how we
foam at the mouth with envy
when others succeed
but sigh in relief
when they are failing

our struggle to
celebrate each other is
what’s proven most difficult
in being human”

(Most of my favorite quotes were from the healing section, and it was pretty though trying to narrow it down to my preferred quotes.)

It also featured some pretty amazing illustrations, which I’m always up for in books:

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Overall, this collection was exquisite and exactly what I needed right now. milk and honey is definitely going to stay on my mind for a while, and I hope to come back to it time and again.

4.5 stars

 

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