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Book Review: And We Call It Love by Amanda Vink

|★★★★/★★★★★|
Title: And We Call It Love
Author: Amanda Vink
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Page count: 200

The Next
Three Hours

I spend filling up
my entire notebook
with truth,
and
something
inside me
goes back
to where it feels right.

*Thank you Netgalley and West 44 Books for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I actually didn’t know what I was getting into when I started this book. It’s just that one day I’m requesting a copy on Netgalley and next thing I know I’m loving it.

Initially, I though this poetry book will be the same as others with lengthy descriptions or so-many-spaces but this one is told in verses. Alternating between Zari and Clare, we can follow the story of these two bestfriends and how they maintain their friendship despite some obstacles. The first few pages were a blur, the pages flying by and I wasn’t actually sure who was narrating what that I had to backread a couple of times. But further into the book it was much easier since I already knew which is which.

Clare
When Wilson
Shows Up
at my street corner again,
I’m shocked.
Because it’s somewhat cold
now that winter’s
setting in.
Because it’s just me.
I’m
really
happy,
but I
don’t know
how to tell him
without it
sounding
stupid.

Zari
Love Is (Revised)
your best friend
putting WAY too much
sugar in your pie
so that when you
taste it, the bits
stick on your teeth.
Love is like
an invisible string,
and no matter
where you go
or what you do
or how long
it is between talks,
it never breaks.

I love how this book tells us issues about friendship, family, social class, abusive relationship, etc., and how it felt realistic because these things really happen. It also made me really happy knowing that Clare was there for Zari and how strong she was for the both of them. Because sometimes we really just need someone to never give up on us no matter how much we push them away.

Love is like

an invisible string,
and no matter
where you go
or what you do
or how long
it is between talks,

it never breaks.

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