Review: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

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Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav | Rating: ★★★★☆

As a note, a copy 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.

Lang Leav does it again! I don't know why people get so bent out of shape for the various degrees of poetic self-expression, but once more I'm baffled by the dim quality people approach prose and how quick they are to cry, "This is not poetry!" to something that is merely not their cup of tea. It's such an odd quality to possess, but we're not here to talk about that, are we? 

 Love Looks Pretty on You is another beautiful and simply told release to add to Leav's ever-growing collection. As always, her prose is light and fast to the point, without lacking any weight of emotion. I cannot help but to always marvel at the quality and impact that so few words could ever possess, and Lang Leav is certainly one of the leaders of her generation of poets. This isn't "Tumblr Poetry" (I will forever scoff at such a term--who are you guys kidding?!), it is one woman raising her voice and expressing herself through prose and I really and truly respect Leav for it.

While not every release by Leav has been my cup of tea--I wasn't hugely impressed by her full length novel, a while back--I still find myself continuously intrigued by how she expresses her thoughts. I'm in awe at how full of grace she is while baring her soul to readers. That's such an odd way to put it, I think, but it's really all I can come up with.

There were quite a few standouts in this collection but because of its short length, and the fact that it is poetry, I won't list them. Only because it takes away the experience of Love Looks Pretty on You and, if we're being honest, I'd end up listing 90% of the collection which would defeat the purpose of my highlights.

As always, Lang Leav's prose is deeply moving and upfront; a quick read that gives readers a glimpse at what has shaped her life. She is the type of poet who demands your attention and admiration; like all good poets, reading her work is not unlike listening to a friend's confessional. Love Looks Pretty on You connects with readers just the same as her prose always had--effortlessly and honestly.

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