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Book Review: Child of the Moon by Jessica Semaan

|★★★½/★★★★★|
Title: Child of the Moon
Author: Jessica Semaan
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Page count: 200

Don’t ask me why I am feeling this or that
I will tell you lies
Ask me how I am feeling this or that
I will tell you the truth

*Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This is one of the few books that caught my attention when I was browsing Netgalley some time ago. It has a beautiful cover and upon reading that it’s a poetry book, I knew I had to read this!

To be honest, I don’t know how to review a poetry collection since I know that every collection I read is too special for the author and not giving it 5-stars is wrong. Child of the Moon feels too personal, I know it is, and it tackles emotional issues like childhood trauma, family conflict and self-healing which I think the author delivered beautifully. It’s raw and powerful, started a bit dark but ended in a much lighter note, with a comforting note from the author.

Children of the same moon #1
 
Your moon and my moon are old friends
Let’s make them our cocoon
And lie in each other’s arms

There are beautiful illustrations in between entries and I like how simple the words are. It’s easy to read, much of a free-verse style, and the title itself is compelling. You will also feel different emotions with each page, there were times I felt angry, sad, hopeful and inspired which made me love it even more.

Overall, I liked this book! It tells us things about having a broken family, cultural diversity, surviving inner war, and most importantly, healing.

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