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Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible. The reader's experience with this unique colle Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible. The reader's experience with this unique collection is lifted from the page as Cook has collaborated with a number of up and coming musicians to transform some of her poetry into song. Like her debut book, this one is divided into two parts. Modeled after a vinyl record this time, the collection is separated into the EP record, holding Cook's shorter poetry, and the LP record, holding Cook's longer poetry, prose, and songwriting. Together, they form an inspiring collection for all those recovering from something.


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Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible. The reader's experience with this unique colle Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible. The reader's experience with this unique collection is lifted from the page as Cook has collaborated with a number of up and coming musicians to transform some of her poetry into song. Like her debut book, this one is divided into two parts. Modeled after a vinyl record this time, the collection is separated into the EP record, holding Cook's shorter poetry, and the LP record, holding Cook's longer poetry, prose, and songwriting. Together, they form an inspiring collection for all those recovering from something.

30 review for I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip

  1. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus

    I highlighted so many quotes and entire poems that spoke to me in this book. I’m already looking forward to rereading this one. Full review to come closer to the publication date.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip by Alicia Cook is the Poets second complete collection of poetry. Cook earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 2008 and her MBA in 2012. She is employed as the Associate Director of Communications at Saint Peter's University. Cook is a freelance writer for multiple publications and a content writer for The Asbury Insider. She is also an activist fighting the heroin epidemic. This is the second collection of Alicia Cook's poems I have read. The first bein I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip by Alicia Cook is the Poets second complete collection of poetry. Cook earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 2008 and her MBA in 2012. She is employed as the Associate Director of Communications at Saint Peter's University. Cook is a freelance writer for multiple publications and a content writer for The Asbury Insider. She is also an activist fighting the heroin epidemic. This is the second collection of Alicia Cook's poems I have read. The first being Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately. Like that book, I found the first section much better than the first. The first section of this book consists of poems that are longer and better written than the current tended of "internet sensation poets" but have the same message that may seem a bit trite to mature readers and readers of poetry. To keep with the poet's musical theme most of the first section, EP, is bubblegum pop music. That is not to say that they are all trite. "Sunday Morning Cartoons" and "I Am Sorry for Your Loss" carry a strong message but seem more like musings than poetry. "The ’90s Seem So Long Ago" is the hit in this first section. Although I am not nostalgic for the '90s I feel the same about the '70s. The second section titled LP is the album rock of the collection and varies between rock and arena rock. What initially impressed me in this collection were the links to the poet reading of her poems. This is especially helpful in learning how the poet reads her poems, rhythm, speed, infections. However, the links that are active, before the release, are by cafe/folk style musicians singing the poem, or is it now a song? It's a nice touch but not a poetry reading; it does, however, keep with the musical theme of Cook's collections. The two poems that stood out were "Ten Little Girls", which is the rewording of "Ten Little Indians", and "Transitions". "Transitions" stands alone as being a well written traditional poem in this collection. Again, Cook provides hit and miss writing for me. Where she writes poetry she writes well. Most of the collection seems to follow along the lines of the current trend of young "poets" that write feelings without form. I understand the popularity of this writing with the younger generation's preference for brevity in communications and society's sound bite attention span. Cook can write poetry when she wants to. I just wish she would concentrate more on writing poetry. Available June 5, 2018

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    3.75

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hafsa

    Around the Year in 52 Books: 43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence. 3.5 stars First, let's get the math done for how I finally decided on the rating: EP portion: 2.5 stars + LP portion: 4 stars = 3.25 stars, round up to 3.5 stars. This was a predicted 5 star read because I absolutely loved Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately but the first half of the book was just not my cup of tea. The writing was average and at points, trite beyond imagination. The only redeeming point as with any of Cook Around the Year in 52 Books: 43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence. 3.5 stars First, let's get the math done for how I finally decided on the rating: EP portion: 2.5 stars + LP portion: 4 stars = 3.25 stars, round up to 3.5 stars. This was a predicted 5 star read because I absolutely loved Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately but the first half of the book was just not my cup of tea. The writing was average and at points, trite beyond imagination. The only redeeming point as with any of Cook's work was the inclusion of personal anecdotes which ensured that I read forwards. I barely had any favourite pieces but the ones I did love were because of their simplicity and profound relatablity rather than the writing so if someone is looking for masterfully crafted poetry or traditional poetry, the first section of the book, in my opinion, is bound to dissapoint. Then came the second section of this book: The LP, and I so wish that we could've gotten more, similar to what it contained then the EP portion; it was wayyy better. The only problem I had with that section was some poems shared the same theme and were successive, so when read, it really felt like you were reading the same thing with different words, lost my interest then and with a lot of love related pieces. What I perhaps like the most in this collection was Cook's brilliance when it came to creating a certain atmosphere/scenario in the reader's mind, she did it so effortlessly and made it feel like you were sharing the same head space as hers, experiencing her memories like they were yours. Overall, this collection is personal; you know when writers say I write for myself, Cook's collection actually brings those words to life because it includes personal tragedies, heartbreaks, death, harm and love. If you can connect to it and feel emotions riling up then the collection I believe, has achieved its aim. If not, then this isn't for you because the writer wrote this for herself as much as she wrote it for the readers. At least that's what I felt like whilst reading. I complain when I read modern poetry about how it's not poetry and Cook's work is no different but her simple words and writing are so profound that I can't help but realize that maybe poetry has no form, it really does depend on our interpretation of the words and lines that etch themselves on our hearts and adamantly refuse to leave. That is why I think I'll always look forward to more of Cook's work! Favourites: The EP: Collateral Beauty, I am Marked, Saturday-Morning Cartoons, Riviera Maya, Amalfi Coast, Absent, I Am Sorry For Your Loss, Hard of Hearing. The LP: Sailing On, Leaf-Strewn Sidewalks, This Isn't About The Number Six, Four Minutes In May, Hindsight and Pictures, Gloves On Radiators, Ten Little Girls, It's About Power, The Process of Apoptosis, Ready, Set..., Footprints. Special shoutout to all the poetry pieces/songs in the collection, they were an added treat!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Kaufman

    one of the most powerful modern poetry books I've read in a while. there were three different times I was almost moved to tears (and that usually NEVER happens to me while reading). Alicia is a force to be reckoned with and this book absolutely shows that. I can't wait to see what she does next!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Cook

    "Everyone is recovering from something. This is for all of us." - Dedication in I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christina Hart

    Alicia's mixtape was pure brilliance, from the cover, to the concept, to the content, but the record is next level. Cook doesn't just write books. She takes you on a lyrical journey. And this time, she gives you the melodies. With the mixtape she gave you a suggested playlist, and with this release, she gives you the music. The songs that have been shared so far have all made me cry. Hindsight and Pictures featuring Chris Andrews is something I play on repeat until my heart can't take it anymore. Alicia's mixtape was pure brilliance, from the cover, to the concept, to the content, but the record is next level. Cook doesn't just write books. She takes you on a lyrical journey. And this time, she gives you the melodies. With the mixtape she gave you a suggested playlist, and with this release, she gives you the music. The songs that have been shared so far have all made me cry. Hindsight and Pictures featuring Chris Andrews is something I play on repeat until my heart can't take it anymore. This book is something you want to not only read, but absorb. Through the words, through the songs, through everything Cook has to offer and serve you. I highly suggest listening to the songs prior to reading the book. "Hindsight and Pictures" and "Too" are probably my favorites. But if you know, have known, or have lost someone struggling with addiction, the song "Hope" will haunt you in a hopeful way, as it did me. However, the words alone will render you speechless and gutted. "A testament to remembering where you came from, but understanding you do not have to stay there." "Tell me how to heal - I didn't hear you the first time." 2,000 forecasts was a personal one for me. I heard her read this aloud and it broke me. As a fellow Jersey native, I lived through this hurricane. I too lived through a lost love that left me shattered. "Does it hurt to melt?" Yes, it does. But why does it feel good? I felt a profound appreciation for the "...But the North Ward is the North Ward". Anyone who is familiar Newark will relate to this. The author plays with rhyme and meter in this book and explores new depths, perhaps taking you places you tried to hide from and bury. But the one thing she will give you above all else is hope. And that's a gorgeous, gorgeous thing. She will show you that even through tragedy, you can survive. Hell, one day, you will even smile. I highly recommend this book, even if you are not typically a fan of poetry.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Hanson

    Alicia Cook is a genius. She marches to the beat of her own drum and the world is better for it. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip bucks the expectations of modern poetry with incomparable grace. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Read it. Love it. Share it. You'll be glad you did.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erika Santoro

    Alicia Cook's creativity never ceases to amaze me. She first shook up poetry in Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, by coordinating music with each piece. With I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, she shakes it up once again. Alicia is taking poetry to new levels with every book release, setting the bar higher and higher for every writer out there. "Machines and humans share similar sounds. They break the same, too." The writing in this book is dripping with raw emotion, strength and delicacy all at the sa Alicia Cook's creativity never ceases to amaze me. She first shook up poetry in Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, by coordinating music with each piece. With I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, she shakes it up once again. Alicia is taking poetry to new levels with every book release, setting the bar higher and higher for every writer out there. "Machines and humans share similar sounds. They break the same, too." The writing in this book is dripping with raw emotion, strength and delicacy all at the same time. I was able to attach to every single feeling, experiencing the emotion in every word written. In one piece I'd feel haunted and breathless, in another--complete rejuvenation and hope. The next I'd be smiling with nostalgia, turn the page and reach for the tissues. Alicia Cook does not stick to a certain script, she just writes. I believe this is what makes her poetry so wonderfully relatable. "There's a magic to be found in days that begin quite ordinary if you just open yourself up to possibilities." We come to learn Alicia's new talents in this book: song writing, and boy does she kill it. She was born to write and to make people feel, it's obvious but can we talk about the vocals too? Holy talent stuffed into a single book! Alicia has started from choosing songs to pair with pieces--to now--writing her own and collaborating with artists to make them come alive. It's genius and pivotal for Cook's art. To say the least--I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for what is next from Alicia Cook. If you think you might like this book-I can promise you, your expectations will be surpassed. Make sure to get your hands on I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip JUNE 5 and come gush about Alicia's natural talents with me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    J.R. Rogue

    I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Alicia Cook is back, with her best work to date. I love seeing writers grow. I love seeing writers give readers an honest glimpse into their lives. This is not one-size-fits-all poetry. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip is a diary, a time capsule. Reading this collection helped me to know the author better. That's very important to me when it comes to poetry. Am I Doing This Right? was by far, my favorite piece. I would have to quote the entire piec I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Alicia Cook is back, with her best work to date. I love seeing writers grow. I love seeing writers give readers an honest glimpse into their lives. This is not one-size-fits-all poetry. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip is a diary, a time capsule. Reading this collection helped me to know the author better. That's very important to me when it comes to poetry. Am I Doing This Right? was by far, my favorite piece. I would have to quote the entire piece to show what I connected to. Here are some lines from other pieces I loved. "You lose someone and their ghost splatters everywhere. Black as squid ink in the fibers of your clothes. In the ringlets of your unwashed hair. In the last glass from which they drank. In the passenger seat of your car." "You need to stop internalizing other people’s pain, my mother tells me on the phone. It’s not healthy. She is right; I have done this all of my life. Like an overused sponge, I soak up all the sadness around me, feel it as if it were my own, and expect it not to seep into my own life." "While they pair his dominant with my recessive genes, all I could think of is his indecisiveness with my selfishness. His neat freak tendencies with my manic behavior. His soft-spoken nature with my short temper. His first responder training and my habit of never wearing my seatbelt. His light with my dark. My light with his dark. I find myself thanking God that my genes are the recessive ones because he possesses more good in his pinky finger than I do in my whole body." I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip doesn't release until June but I recommend pre-ordering the paperback like I did so it'll arrive on release day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    Review also found here. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. I've said it once, I'll say it a billion times: Alicia Cook is one of the best voices in modern poetry. She never fails in moving me with simple prose and the ties between her poems and music make reading her work an even better experience. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip had a lot to live up to. Alicia Cook's first Review also found here. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. I've said it once, I'll say it a billion times: Alicia Cook is one of the best voices in modern poetry. She never fails in moving me with simple prose and the ties between her poems and music make reading her work an even better experience. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip had a lot to live up to. Alicia Cook's first published collection, Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, was/is one of my all-time favourite releases in poetry. Cook has a way about her prose that feels so alight with everything that makes us human. There's strength and vulnerability. There's loss and love. Everything that a person can feel. My favourite part about Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately was its connection to music; the intimacy behind a poet's words is not unlike the expressions musicians use in their lyrics. I've always had this theory that the quickest way to knowing a person's soul is in the music they adore. So many of us find ourselves in music and poetry and Alicia Cook captures the essence of that statement beautifully. We know what Cook allows us, as readers, to know--both in her prose and in the music listed in every poem. Alicia Cook's power remains in her ability to express herself in every line. There's an honesty to her that you cannot contain or replicate and proves to readers why she is a leader in the strongest voices of modern poetry. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip connects in a way that is crisp and to the point--an exceptionally beautiful nod to our humanity and Cook's ability to speak freely to her audience. There's this uniqueness to her expression that I cannot quite describe but her longtime fans will be quick to acknowledge. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip proves that Cook is bound to get better with time; her first release captivated me, and this one gripped me further. Once more, there's this rawness to her prose that I simply cannot get enough with. Alicia Cook is, hands down, a favourite in the poetry community and I cannot sing her praises enough. Name one emotion, and you'll feel it. And so continues the tradition of feeling all you can during one collection. Alicia Cook does it again!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Marie

    I’ve been waiting for a year to read more from Alicia and I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! There was one slight thing that I wasn’t to crazy about, and that was some of the songs/poems that she co-wrote with other people. Some of them just read weird or I just didn’t care for the songs. I would have preferred a single artist because I think that would have made it easier to listen and follow along with, as you could get used to voice and get into it more. But that didn’t even take away from my overall en I’ve been waiting for a year to read more from Alicia and I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! There was one slight thing that I wasn’t to crazy about, and that was some of the songs/poems that she co-wrote with other people. Some of them just read weird or I just didn’t care for the songs. I would have preferred a single artist because I think that would have made it easier to listen and follow along with, as you could get used to voice and get into it more. But that didn’t even take away from my overall enjoyment of this! I still loved just about everything else about this book. I loved how it touched on grief and relationships. It flowed SO WELL. I think she has such a cohesive writing style that it didn’t seem jarring at times, it just felt like it all belonged in this book together. I can’t wait to reread these books and to read more from Alicia in the future!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Butthisbook

    I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip was my first poetry read by Alicia Cook and it won't be my last. This poetry collection is unique in the way that I've never read anything quite like it and I'm sure it's the only one of it's kind. This collections is split up in two parts - The EP and The LP, with original songs scattered through out with links to direct you on where to hear them. There was also featured poets as well. I found myself tabbing a lot more in The EP section but some of my most favorite p I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip was my first poetry read by Alicia Cook and it won't be my last. This poetry collection is unique in the way that I've never read anything quite like it and I'm sure it's the only one of it's kind. This collections is split up in two parts - The EP and The LP, with original songs scattered through out with links to direct you on where to hear them. There was also featured poets as well. I found myself tabbing a lot more in The EP section but some of my most favorite poetry are in the LP section. <3 These are the ones I just couldn't stop thinking about. My top three favorite poetry pieces are.. -Ready, set... "collect your courage" -Buried Alive "Even when starting over is a choice and not a force of your hand, it still may be the hardest thing. We just forget how difficult it really was, because sometimes the hardest thing is also the best thing." -You Are Not The Sun "I no longer live in a world that revolves around your ego. You are not a life source. You are not the sun. It's the best feeling in the world to know I haven't just moved on. I've eclipsed you."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by Alicia Cook and let me just say that I truly enjoyed this poetry book. It's proven difficult for me to find a poetry book that I actually love. There are some poems that I didn't relate to (and that's normal) even if I wasn't able to I know there are readers who will. Some poems really hit me hard and some brought tears to my eyes. Alicia has a di Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by Alicia Cook and let me just say that I truly enjoyed this poetry book. It's proven difficult for me to find a poetry book that I actually love. There are some poems that I didn't relate to (and that's normal) even if I wasn't able to I know there are readers who will. Some poems really hit me hard and some brought tears to my eyes. Alicia has a different style of writing than most writers and poets. I truly can't wait until all the poetry lovers and readers get to read this book! || Blog || Instagram ||

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karolyna

    Wow, I'm not entirely sure where to start with this book... When I heard that Alicia Cook was coming out with another poetry book, I was quite excited since I thoroughly enjoyed Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately. So out to the bookstore I went to go buy this book and within that same week, I started to read it and honestly, I really had to space this book out because I was overwhelmed with emotion. Alicia Cook did an amazing job again with creating I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip; from the heartfelt Wow, I'm not entirely sure where to start with this book... When I heard that Alicia Cook was coming out with another poetry book, I was quite excited since I thoroughly enjoyed Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately. So out to the bookstore I went to go buy this book and within that same week, I started to read it and honestly, I really had to space this book out because I was overwhelmed with emotion. Alicia Cook did an amazing job again with creating I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip; from the heartfelt poetry to the original music, I was truly moved. Usually when I read poetry that deals with a significant other and a romantic relationship, I usually don't get it and tend to disconnect with the author, but in this case, I just connected with Alicia Cook and just really felt her emotions through the pages. The poems that really got to me were the ones where she talked about losing her cousin. I myself have recently lost someone who meant the world to me and just reading Alicia Cook's poem about her cousin really hit me like a ton of bricks. You can feel the raw emotion and the turmoil that she felt with losing her cousin and it just really resonated with me because I'm feeling the same way. One thing that I found super unique about this book was Alicia Cook's original music. It was so cool reading the lyrics as a separate poem and then going to listen to the actual song. It was so interesting to see how you may read something and come up with your own interpretation and then by hearing someone sing the same exact words you get a totally different meaning. This is one thing I have to praise Alicia for; she made herself a unique poet by also coming up with songs that allow readers to physically hear the emotions that she was trying to transmit to us through her poetry. In all, while there were some poems I didn't 100% relate to or understand, I would say the majority of them really resonated with me and really hit my heart. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip is truly a unique poetry book that stands out from today's "regular" poetry books and Alicia Cook is definitely a breath of fresh air in the poetry world...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracy (The Pages In-Between)

    Thank you to Alicia Cook for selecting me to be one of your readers who got an early copy of your latest poetry book. All opinions are my own. I rate this a 5 out of 5 stars. I don't know that I've reviewed poetry on my blog before, but If you follow me on IG you know that I love Alicia Cook, I have since I came across her book "Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately" I relate to her, I've experienced some of the same things she has, so reading her words, resonates with me. I think she has an amazing tale Thank you to Alicia Cook for selecting me to be one of your readers who got an early copy of your latest poetry book. All opinions are my own. I rate this a 5 out of 5 stars. I don't know that I've reviewed poetry on my blog before, but If you follow me on IG you know that I love Alicia Cook, I have since I came across her book "Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately" I relate to her, I've experienced some of the same things she has, so reading her words, resonates with me. I think she has an amazing talent, she writes on the hardest topics, with such grace, beauty, and emotion. She pours her heart and soul out, and it shows.  In this collection, she has some very hard subject matter, while it might not be common, or popular for other writers/poets to write about, Alicia does. There are quite a few poems in here that needed to be written, and they needed to be read. I'm glad that I got to read them, and I love that I've gotten to follow Alicia on her journey. I'm a fan for life, and I will always support her writing. 

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katlynn Bennett

    Such a delight to see a fellow Jersey native get her work out there! Hearing her speak about pieces and read in person was absolutely delightful and made the experience so much more amazing. Such relatable poems. It’s inspiring to read pieces both in the thick of such despair and yet so ready to crawl back into the sunshine.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I read this book as an ARC. I spent the afternoon into the evening reading Alicia Cook’s new book of poetry entitled I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip. It took me a few poems to get the feel for her voice and style of poetry but after I acclimated, I enjoyed her work. I would call her a poet for everyday. She writes about the life lived with human foibles and heartbreaks. But her work is not hopeless. She offers courage to overcome and even to rise above the struggles and keep pressing forward. It ha I read this book as an ARC. I spent the afternoon into the evening reading Alicia Cook’s new book of poetry entitled I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip. It took me a few poems to get the feel for her voice and style of poetry but after I acclimated, I enjoyed her work. I would call her a poet for everyday. She writes about the life lived with human foibles and heartbreaks. But her work is not hopeless. She offers courage to overcome and even to rise above the struggles and keep pressing forward. It has been said that loss motivates most all writing and while I’m not 100% convinced of that thought, most of the work in this book takes into account the losses experienced by one who has had to courage to love someone else and not only romantically but in family relationships and friends. I even found myself in a few of these poems because I, too, am haunted by a great loss in my own life. And isn’t this what a good poet does? I connected and engaged in her work. Among my favorite selections were “More Cherry Blossoms Than D.C. “,”Ortley Beach”, “Ready, Set . . .”, “Transitions”, “For You”, “Absent”, “I’m Sorry For Your Loss”, and my favorite “The Stains Left Behind” For poetry about real life, read this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I always feel like my reviews and ratings of poetry books are a bit harsher. It's probably because I have to find them either breathtaking or ingenious to give them a higher rating. I think, overall, this collection just wasn't for me. Although I liked and was able to relate to some poems, only a few of them really stood out to me. Still, it's a quick, enjoyable read and I'm sure many will like this. *I received a free copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel Darkish

    A solid collection of poetry. I keep finding myself drawn to "Instagram poets," which to me sounds like it'd be a derisive term, but in most cases (this included) I've been really impressed. Cook is a confident poet addressing some hard-hitting topics. My only real critique is that I'd like to see her develop her use of artistic language in her future poetry.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    I received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Alicia Cook’s new poetry collection in exchange for an honest review. This book deals with some heavy topics, so I suggest every reader looks at the Trigger Warning (TW) at the beginning of the collection and in the table of contents before reading the poems. I fell in love with Alicia’s work after I read her first book, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately”. I have been craving more of her beautiful poetry since I closed that book about a year ago. I was I received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Alicia Cook’s new poetry collection in exchange for an honest review. This book deals with some heavy topics, so I suggest every reader looks at the Trigger Warning (TW) at the beginning of the collection and in the table of contents before reading the poems. I fell in love with Alicia’s work after I read her first book, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately”. I have been craving more of her beautiful poetry since I closed that book about a year ago. I was thrilled when I was able to get in touch with Alicia, and I was even happier when she agreed to send me an ARC of her new poetry collection, “I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip”! Alicia’s work is unique in the way that every single line seems to tug at your heartstrings – at least, this is what her work does for me. It is rare that I find a poet that I can connect with on such an emotional level in so many individual pieces of their work. The first poem, which has the same title as her first book, instantly drew me in. I knew I needed to keep reading, as I was completely captivated. There was not one poem in “I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip” that disappointed me. I enjoyed every single piece in this collection. Although, some of my favorites include: ‘Some Piranhas are Vegetarians’, ‘The ’90s Seem So Long Ago’, ‘Wandering, Wondering’, ‘Pressed Dandelions’, ‘”I Am Sorry for Your Loss”’, ‘The Stains Left Behind’, ‘Dear God’, ‘For You’, ‘Gloves on Radiators’, ‘Detergent & Denial’, ‘Springtime in the Cemetery’, ‘Contrails’, ‘Am I Doing This Right?’, ‘Buried Alive’, ‘I Lose My Appetite Worrying If You’ve Eaten’, and ‘Loose Threads Get Lost’. I also adored how the ‘chapters’ were broken down – Alicia has a talent of bringing both music and poetry together in a way that never seem forced, and is honestly something I find quite fascinating. After reading this book, I finally feel that someone really understands my struggles. Between topics surrounding health, loss, love, and more, there is a poem for everyone. This book touches on so many things, and I feel as though there is something that will make everyone feel something truly incredible. This is a book I will hold close to my heat for a long time – I know I will re-read this collection when I need a reminder that someone understands my struggles, when I need a good cry, or when I just want some comforting words to help me remember that I am really never alone. Alicia makes you remember that everyone has their struggles and that you really can overcome them. This book is so empowering, raw, and honest. I encourage you all to indulge in this one of a kind poetry collection. Easily a 5/5 star read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Bull

    A new instapoet voice for me, I found the collection quite readable and relatable. Many of the poems included are songs, with links to where you can hear them performed. I like that connection and merge into music. There are usual themes of grief, loss, empowerment, but also reflections on society for issues, in a punchy and effective way.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mayra Flores

    I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It's the style of poetry that I like, and the content and writing were perfect. The vivid imagery made everything feel like it was playing out in front of me. I didn't know I needed her words until I read them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    As I often find with poetry collections, some of these poems spoke deeply to me, and others I couldn't connect with all. I could still see how they could be relate-able to others. I found the writing style to be easy to read, and easy to get lost in. I read it cover to cover, and hardly noticed the time passing. All in all, i feel like it would make a wonderful book for any poetry fans, or anyone interested in getting more familiar with poetry, but want something light. I have received a much ap As I often find with poetry collections, some of these poems spoke deeply to me, and others I couldn't connect with all. I could still see how they could be relate-able to others. I found the writing style to be easy to read, and easy to get lost in. I read it cover to cover, and hardly noticed the time passing. All in all, i feel like it would make a wonderful book for any poetry fans, or anyone interested in getting more familiar with poetry, but want something light. I have received a much appreciated digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Tattersall

    "But if I'm not pained by their pain, I have not earned the right to be overjoyed by their joy." I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Just as with Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, I absolutely loved this collection. The writing is full of emotion and strength. I thought the music collaborations were brilliant and I cannot wait for whatever comes next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    bookish_heights

    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley to review. Thank you! Out: 5th June 2018 "We are all recovering from something. This is for all of us." After reading "Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately" By Alicia Cook, which instantly turned into my favourite poetry collection, I obviously couldn't wait to read this! Before I get started I just want to say I am so glad for the trigger warnings in the beginning and also on each of the poems. I think all books should have them and I appreciate when they do. Favourite I received an e-ARC from NetGalley to review. Thank you! Out: 5th June 2018 "We are all recovering from something. This is for all of us." After reading "Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately" By Alicia Cook, which instantly turned into my favourite poetry collection, I obviously couldn't wait to read this! Before I get started I just want to say I am so glad for the trigger warnings in the beginning and also on each of the poems. I think all books should have them and I appreciate when they do. Favourite poems: "I Am Marked." "Absent" "I Am Sorry For Your Loss" "Hard Of Hearing" "Dear God" "Aunt Em" and "This Isn't About The Number Six" (I don't think I have ever cried so much over a poem the way I did with this one). While I did miss the song accompaniments from the first poetry collection, I still loved the new direction of this one. Amazing author, a collection I would 100% recommend and I can't wait to read more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat Savage

    Alicia doesn’t just write a collection of poetry and put it out into the world. She delivers an entire poetic experience. From content to concept, Alicia never fails to be truly brilliant.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mahnoor ⚯͛

    Can't wait to get my hands on this one!!!!!❤😩 Can't wait to get my hands on this one!!!!!❤️😩

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gayatri Saikia

     Book : I hope my voice doesn't skip. Author : Alicia Cook Pages : 141 Genre : Poetry. Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing. Published : 2018. http://Buy the book on Amazon http://Add the book on Goodreads Synopsis : Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with  Book : I hope my voice doesn't skip. Author : Alicia Cook Pages : 141 Genre : Poetry. Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing. Published : 2018. http://Buy the book on Amazon http://Add the book on Goodreads Synopsis : Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible. The reader's experience with this unique collection is lifted from the page as Cook has collaborated with a number of up and coming musicians to transform some of her poetry into song. Like her debut book, this one is divided into two parts. Modeled after a vinyl record this time, the collection is separated into the EP record, holding Cook's shorter poetry, and the LP record, holding Cook's longer poetry, prose, and songwriting. Together, they form an inspiring collection for all those recovering from something.  My Review : Powerful and Complete. These were my thoughts after I finally finished "I hope my voice doesn't skip" or let's say after "I hope my voice doesn't skip" wrecked me. I keep weeds in a vase in my living room. I feed them water. I bathe them in sunlight. A child picked them for me, believing they were flowers. Whom am I to tell him not all pretty things are worthy of saving, just as not all things worth saving are pretty. - PRESSED DANDELIONS, p18 I have always been a fan of modern poetry mostly because of the fact that the poems are easy to read and always stays with me for a long time. And this creation of Alicia Cook was no less. The poems are undeniably beautiful and tragic and tend to linger on your mind long after you finish reading it. If you ask me what is that makes her stand out from the other poets, I'd say DETAILS. SENTENCES. She's is brilliant in making you visualise yourself in the situation in her poems and put utmost attention to the minute details. I only ever noticed wildflowers growing along Interstate 84 when I was in the passenger seat of your car. - an excerpt from Traffic,Signs p26. The poet takes us in a lyrical journey through her second poetry collection that is divided into two parts just like a playlist : The EP and The LP. Along with the blissful poems you will also find direct links to her recitations on her page Alicia Cook. I have listened to Too featuring CAITLIN MAHONEY and trust me I was mesmerized. If you are in need of some refreshing poetry, you deserve this book. My Rating : 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 /5

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marilù

    This book was raw. I won't sugar coat it for you, there are trigger warnings throughout the whole collection because Alicia Cook writes about very important topics, some of them really hard to read about, especially if they hit too close to home. There's this one poem called Ten Little Girls that deals with child abuse, eating disorders, suicide and everything that's sadly going on in the world. It's powerful and it makes you angry. And then there are recurring themes like childhood memories and This book was raw. I won't sugar coat it for you, there are trigger warnings throughout the whole collection because Alicia Cook writes about very important topics, some of them really hard to read about, especially if they hit too close to home. There's this one poem called Ten Little Girls that deals with child abuse, eating disorders, suicide and everything that's sadly going on in the world. It's powerful and it makes you angry. And then there are recurring themes like childhood memories and the time spent with her family or something her mother used to say or her dad used to do. I loved that. Also, the topic of death is very there. The missing someone, the words she didn't say, the things she didn't get to do anymore... She also writes about self-respect, the importance our own person should have for us, even when people leave, even if they don't love us any more or something has gone the wrong direction, we need to keep trying. Even if we fall, we owe it to ourselves to get up and try harder, to always reach for the stars. To read the full review, head over to asthenightfalls.com 🐝

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