All of this sounds like exactly what you would want in a mid-semester, turn-your-brain-off-and-enjoy read, with one major problem: It’s really not very good.
“The Opposite of Loneliness” has done more than build me. It has re-built me.
The poetry collection is an even mix of prose, poems and more stylized verses.
The basketball team is now on its way to the national championship, so since we’re due for a new Poetry Playlist, this one is going to follow the theme of celebration.
It’s rare to find an insistently feminist novel or even one willing to fully describe the complexly entangled pains and joys of womanhood.
I had never read a book so simultaneously blunt yet musical, sparse yet evocative.
The majority of the poems construct and take place in a burlesque purgatory in which the dead perform grotesque replicas of living.
It’s everything that you look for when you pick up a young adult novel at the bookstore: Fast-paced and exciting, but also timely, thoughtful and carefully rendered.
There’s something about the story of the Nolan family that seems far-fetched, yet entirely possible to sympathize with.
De los Santos writes fiction like a poet, every word lovingly chosen, and in her capable hands even the simplest things sparkle.