ARC Review: Becoming-Renaada Williams

Title: Becoming

Author: Renaada Williams

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Pages: 152

Rating: 5/5

Becoming is a collection of short poems by Renaada Williams. The poetry she’s written has themes of heartbreak, mental health issues, being a person of color in America, feminism, and self-love. I can resonate with some of the poems, and I had a few favorites as well. I liked how she broke up the poems into different sections. I’m a huge fan of these types of poems. When I worked in a bookstore they used to shelve them into ‘internet poetry’. It was a fast read so you can definitely finish it in half an hour or less. I felt and understood every poem. Below are 4 of my faves from the different sections in the book.

Heartbreak:
It’s funny
how easily the monster in my head
can cuddle me
so softly
while laying in bed

Mental Illness:
I know what hands clenched to the chest
from crying all night feels like
and I think you do too
-normal

Being Colored in America:
I just want to live in a world 
that I’m not afraid 
to be alive in

Self-love:
You
have to stop customizing yourself 
to fit someone who doesn’t even deserve 
you

Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author: thornedbeauty

32. Reader. Book Reviewer. Wrestling Fanatic. Coffee Lover.

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