Poisoned Apples

Poisoned Apples

Poems for You, My Pretty

Book - 2014
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Every little girl goes through her princess phase, whether she wants to be Snow White or Cinderella, Belle or Ariel. But then we grow up. And life is not a fairy tale.

Christine Heppermann's collection of fifty poems puts the ideals of fairy tales right beside the life of the modern teenage girl. With piercing truths reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins, this is a powerful and provocative book for every young woman. E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls it "a bloody poetic attack on the beauty myth that's caustic, funny, and heartbreaking."

Cruelties come not just from wicked stepmothers, but also from ourselves. There are expectations, pressures, judgment, and criticism. Self-doubt and self-confidence. But there are also friends, and sisters, and a whole hell of a lot of power there for the taking. In fifty poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, Poisoned Apples explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.

Publisher: New York :, Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780062289575
Characteristics: 114 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 23, 2016

I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager! The poems are updates of fairy tales but with biting social commentary. There are many different topics covered, such as eating disorders, mean girl friendships, and hopelessness. The language is beautiful, and the overriding theme is about finding your own way through "the woods."

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marthabwaters
Jul 27, 2015

A poetry collection full of razor-sharp commentary on our beauty-obsessed, double-standard-filled culture. A must read book for teenage girls everywhere; if I had a daughter, I'd buy her this book.

JCLChrisK Jan 20, 2015

Fairy tales +
Poetry +
Contemporary suburban settings +
Teen subjects and protagonists +
Biting commentary on popular, commercialized images of beauty and gender +
Bountiful atmospheric accompanying photographs
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Dark,
Beautiful,
Provocative,
Insightful,
Disturbing (of unhealthily accepted assumptions),
Unsettling (of sad realities),
Representative (of far too many teen experiences),
Slim collection worth visiting and revisiting.

LPL_MollyW Oct 26, 2014

This collection of smart, succinct poems comment on beauty, body image, and gender roles through the intersection of the reality of life as a modern teenage girl and the fantasy elements of fairy tales.

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JCLChrisK Jan 21, 2015

Blow Your House In

She used to be a house of bricks,
point guard on the JV team, walling out
defenders who could only huff and puff
and watch the layups roll in.

She traded for a house of sticks,
kindling in Converse high-tops and a red Adidas tent.
At lunch she swirled a teeny spoon in yogurt
that never touched her lips and said
she'd decided to quit chasing a stupid ball.

Now she's building herself out of straw
as light as the needle swimming in her bathroom scale.
The smaller the number, the closer to gold,
the tighter her face, afire with the zeal of a wolf
who has one house left to destroy.

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