Love Looks Pretty on You [Book Review]

I’ll be honest and admit that I had been avoiding reading any of Lang Leav’s books after seeing a few poor reviews and snippets from her first two poetry collections. Since it has been a few years and I’ve been greatly enjoying poetry, I decided to give this author a chance. I grabbed an ARC and I was actually pleasantly surprised. Love Looks Pretty on You is Leav’s seventh published work and it’s clear that she has grown as a writer.

“There is a savagery to what you feel. It eats you up inside. But you will get through it; you don’t need his mouth to placate you. You don’t need his hands to untangle the butterfly knot in your heart. Your love is a fire that will burn itself out. Let it ravage you.”

The issue that I had previously seen in some of Leav’s old poems was that they were overly simple, full of silly rhymes and meaningless purple prose. In this new collection I was pleased to find a great deal of maturity in Leav’s words as a young woman that has grown up learning the joy of love, the pain of loss, the anger that comes with betrayal, and the subtle regret over missed opportunities. Many of her poems still contained rhymes, but they had an easy flow to them while still discussing some very grown up themes. I particularly enjoyed the longer more meditative pieces such as Letter to the Past. Many of them were insightful and were like snippets of the author’s life.

Now there is still patches of pesky purple prose that spend a good deal of time describing flowery scenes of nature or light and I really don’t care for these types of empty passages. I know that it’s trying to paint a picture for the reader, but I really find the overabundance of physical descriptors to be meaningless and boring. Relying too heavily on flowery descriptions to make a sentence more interesting seems to be a bad habit of many modern young poets.

Overall, it’s good to see Leav coming into her own and developing a style that is uniquely her. I enjoyed this collection and will be looking into more of her other work in the future.


Let’s Discuss!

  • Are you a fan of any of Leav’s works?
  • Do you enjoy poetry with flowery descriptions?
  • Is purple prose a style or a sign of bad writing?

Book Information

Love Looks Pretty on You [Book Review]Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on January 29, 2019
Genres: Poetry
Pages: 226
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.

Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It's no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.

2 Replies to “Love Looks Pretty on You [Book Review]”

  1. I have to say I’ve never read anything by this author and I’m not a huge fan of poetry either (it’s a “me, not you” kind of situation here) so would probably not pick this one up. But I’m glad you enjoyed it more than her previous works!
    I think purple prose and flowery descriptions have a time and place and can be used on occasion, depending on what the author is going for. Personally, I’m not too affected by them as I love cheesiness. And I can absolutely enjoy a story based on that type of writing. But, again, it depends!
    Great review 🙂 (that cover is soooo beautiful)

    1. I agree there’s definitely a time and place. I think in a book where there is more detail into settings or events some plush prose can be welcome. In poetry however, I feel like it doesn’t have as much going for it if it’s just there to make the poem sound pretty, or to somehow describe emotion.

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