Taylor reviews Poisoned Apples

By Christine Heppermann
Published on September 23rd 2014
Published by Greenwillow Books
Once upon a time...
you were a princess,
or an orphan.
A wicked witch,
fairy godmother,
prom queen,
team captain,
Big Bad Wolf,
Little Bo Peep.
But you are more than just a hero or
a villain, cursed or charmed. You are
everything in between.
You are everything.

In fifty poems Christine Heppermann places fairy tales side by side with the modern teenage girl. Powerful and provocative, deadly funny and deadly serious, this collection is one to read, to share, to treasure, and to come back to again and again.

“Poisoned Apples” is a book composed of individual poems that take fairytales and put a dark, raw, somewhat funny and even heartbreaking twist on them. One of the recurring topics for her poems was anorexia. Throughout the book, there are abstract and bizarre photographs that tie into specific poems.

This book is definitely different from what I normally read. That is not to say that I did not enjoy it though! What I loved most about it was how abstract and different it truly was. Her poems dealt with heavy topics, such as anorexia and body image, revealing the pressure that young girls feel from the media about how they should look. I really appreciated how she took real struggles of women in today’s society and brought them to light through her poems. Then on the other hand, she had poems that were humorous, which semi- lightened the somber mood the novel had. Overall, it was an interesting read! It had a lot of depth to it.

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