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The Road Between is poetry well-lived.

Poetry for the soul that walks the fine line between losing yourself in the world and finding yourself again, often in the smallest of moments. Courtney Peppernell is the bestselling author of Pillow Thoughts, a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and emotion.

Make a cup of tea, find your place, and lose yourself in the pages.”

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I got an ARC in return for an honest review on NetGalley.

I grabbed this book because I had loved the cover of the author’s other book on NetGalley, Pillow Thoughts. This book didn’t have a cover that would have grabbed me. Seems too much like a classic adventure story which isn’t really my speed. I was just going book happy.

The book itself is ok. There was nothing remarkable about it to me. It felt like a bit of a let down compared to the other book. The poems didn’t hit as hard for me. They were a bit more timid. They were still well written and impressive, but lacked the emotional punch. There were more poems that were just slightly off, like there was one about being FtM that struck me funny. I always get a bit weirded out when an author writes from the perspective of a trans person when they are not trans. It was done very nicely here, but it felt too pretty. Someone going through that scenario isn’t that at peace with it generally, of course everyone varies. It just felt disingenuous for the author to tackle that subject for a single poem and then move on.

The love poems got much more mushy and the longing poems lost their edge, which I can only hope means the author has found love and that is where her emotions took her.

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4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

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