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The Two Sides of Love – Book Review

The Two Sides of Love – Book Review

By Kimberley Flanagan

 
“Whether you’re an 80-year-old widowed woman or a love-sick teenager, this book is for you…”
Off the bat, The Two Sides of Love was an easy read, the more you get into the poems, the more it feels like you are walking down memory lane of the two characters in the first portion of the book.

#SheSaid is the love story of two people; memories that are being reminisced on; it gives you a view into their relationship and somewhere, somehow, you’ll find yourself possibly thinking back to your own experience.

It ends on a happy ending but kind of leaves you to create the rest of the story in your own mind.

The poems are easily written which made the book an easy read. There aren’t over-complicated metaphors or comparisons, yet as you read further in the book, you come across the inescapable complications that come with love and relationships which is something we all experience all over the world.

 

Part II

The next part of the book is written in the style of a Whatsapp conversation between two lovers and is so aptly named, “A conversation between lovers”

This is where you enter the ins and outs of a relationship but yet you can’t tell if it’s the same couple from the first few poems or if it’s a completely different story. What the author does is, he leaves that up to you so you can decide.

What I like is that the poems are relatable and easy to read. It is written in a poetic form yet, you can easily put yourself in the narrative and find yourself thinking back to a long lost lover.

The most obvious clue about the poetry is the rhyming in some instances as well as the breaking up of stanzas.

The Two Sides of Love literally explores various angles of love; the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, as well as the beginning and the end of different love stories and relationship and that, is the overwhelming theme of the book; the love story about two people.

 

Extras

What is a pleasant surprise are the additional poems right at the back of the book, these poems continue to explore the conversation between the two lovers but seems to end on a sad note with tragedy and heartbreak and what is love without a bit of tragedy?

I enjoyed going through this anthology and I appreciate the author’s attempt to explore relationships from different angles in a way that everyone can relate to. Whether you’re an 80-year-old widowed woman or a love-sick teenager, this book is for you.

You can check it out at the following links below:

Amazon 

Kobo 

Selar 

Bambooks 

OkadaBooks 

-Kimberly Flanagan


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