To Drink Coffee with a Ghost (Things that Haunt, #2)
To be released in Fall 2019

To Drink Coffee with a Ghost (Things that Haunt, #2) Details

TitleTo Drink Coffee with a Ghost (Things that Haunt, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenrePoetry

To Drink Coffee with a Ghost (Things that Haunt, #2) Review

  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.75 StarsIn this new poetry collection author Amanda Lovelace mostly explores the relationship she had with her mother, who has passed away from cancer. All the poems about this theme are quite bittersweet since her mother is a person she loved but in part she also hated. I particularly enjoyed this new book by Lovelace and I must say I liked it more than some of her other works.
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  • Veronika
    January 1, 1970
    This was beautiful and painful and hopeful and made me feel so much.To drink coffee with a ghost focuses mainly on toxic mother-daughter relationship. Even if I personally couldn’t relate, because I won the lottery in case of my loving and caring mum, these poems touched me somewhere very deep. “i only ever wanted to keep you safe,“you screamed.“then why didn’t you?“i cried .- lucid The book is divided into three parts, ghost-mother, ghost-daughter, and sun-showers. First part talks mainly about This was beautiful and painful and hopeful and made me feel so much.To drink coffee with a ghost focuses mainly on toxic mother-daughter relationship. Even if I personally couldn’t relate, because I won the lottery in case of my loving and caring mum, these poems touched me somewhere very deep. “i only ever wanted to keep you safe,“you screamed.“then why didn’t you?“i cried .- lucid The book is divided into three parts, ghost-mother, ghost-daughter, and sun-showers. First part talks mainly about painful relationship with the mother, second about reality of living without her and slowly becoming your own person and the third part (my favourite, even if the whole book was incredible), about letting go, about sisterhood, loving yourself and being free. It felt like I got to be a part of this family story, to have a look behind the doors, to get to live all the pain and worry, but also the healing and love.Even if I couldn’t relate to mother problems, I definitely related to having a sister, having other half of me I unconditionally love. I had tears in my eyes while I read these poems.when i think of my lifewithout a sister,i suddenly understandwhat they meanwhen they saypeople can die from brokenhearts - the worst tragedy of all to underestimate women is bad enough by itself, but i imagine anyone who does must not know many sisters- together, we are strong as hell.The book also has gorgeous illustrations which makes the feel of the book somehow complete and magical. I will definitely be buying this book when it is published in September. Thank you so much Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley for letting me read this amazing book sooner. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    As much criticism as "Instagram poets" get these days, I'm actually a pretty big fan. I think poetry can be inaccessible sometimes, and what Lovelace (and other current poets like Nikita Gill) get right is making poems easy to understand. Although I always appreciate Lovelace's unfailing honesty and willingness to put her pain on the page, her recent collections haven't had the same impact on me as her first two ("The Princess Saves Herself in This One" and "The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One.") As much criticism as "Instagram poets" get these days, I'm actually a pretty big fan. I think poetry can be inaccessible sometimes, and what Lovelace (and other current poets like Nikita Gill) get right is making poems easy to understand. Although I always appreciate Lovelace's unfailing honesty and willingness to put her pain on the page, her recent collections haven't had the same impact on me as her first two ("The Princess Saves Herself in This One" and "The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One.") Her early work felt so fresh, creative, and powerful; I often marked many pages to come back to at a later time so I could revel in them all over again. "To Drink Coffee With a Ghost" feels too rushed to me (it took me less than 30 minutes to read), and I didn't find any specific poems that really spoke to me. Since this collection focuses on Lovelace's complicated relationship with her mother, there was plenty of insight and moving emotion throughout. However, I just wasn't able to connect as much having not gone through similar experiences. I'll still be a fan of Lovelace's after this book and I'll still check out her future work. This one just sadly missed the mark for me.*Free ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Jessica C Writes
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh!!! I absolutely adored this. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't pull myself away from it. I have read all of Amanda's works, but each one shares a new story, which I really appreciate. This one obviously carries so much emotion with it, and it had to much realness to it. It’s definitely up there with my other favorites by her, but it’s also probably one of my favorite poetry collections of all time.The writing is incredible, of course. There is no surprise there because Amand Oh my gosh!!! I absolutely adored this. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't pull myself away from it. I have read all of Amanda's works, but each one shares a new story, which I really appreciate. This one obviously carries so much emotion with it, and it had to much realness to it. It’s definitely up there with my other favorites by her, but it’s also probably one of my favorite poetry collections of all time.The writing is incredible, of course. There is no surprise there because Amanda always writes incredible poetry. BUT, her ability to tell a story with her poems is unmatched. Every time I pick up her one of her books, I expect greatness, but I am always instead given perfection. I seriously can't think of any way this book could be better (except if there were more of it!). If you've never picked up any of her books before, you 100% need to. You won't be disappointed. Trigger Warnings: child abuse, grief, death (of a parent), self-harm, eating disorders, and more.
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  • Sage Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    1.) To Make Monsters Out of Girls ★★★★★
  • Amy Littleford
    January 1, 1970
    "the ways in which they suffer themselves is not an excuse to make you suffer in return." Amanda Lovelace I want to thank NetGalley for giving me a ARC of Amanda Lovelace's new poetry anthology for an honest review.It must have been a real journey for Amanda to write this book let alone having to go through it all. This book is a journey for the reader as well as we have all grieved for someone. When I read about her mother's cancer, it inspired me to finally write about the loss of my Grandma. "the ways in which they suffer themselves is not an excuse to make you suffer in return." Amanda Lovelace I want to thank NetGalley for giving me a ARC of Amanda Lovelace's new poetry anthology for an honest review.It must have been a real journey for Amanda to write this book let alone having to go through it all. This book is a journey for the reader as well as we have all grieved for someone. When I read about her mother's cancer, it inspired me to finally write about the loss of my Grandma. This book has helped me in my own grieving process. I think Amanda is very brave to have been able to publish this book out into the world for everyone to see. People will connect with it because it is about something so real. Death of a loved one is the worst part of our existence but sharing our grief will help others like this book has helped me. I thought the art in this book was beautiful and worked perfectly with the poetry. Each chapter focused on a different part of the grieving process and explored feelings of guilt and love and hate. The last chapter showed Amanda's strength and I am so happy that I get to read her work. She is an inspiration to everyone. Being able to go through the things that she has but still living her life to the fullest is amazing. A Brilliant poetry anthology that I recommend all to read!Amy x
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  • Jennifer (Wonderland Books)
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have never read anything by Lovelace before, and I am floored. This is beautifully written and the illustrations throughout are amazing. This collection of poetry focuses mostly on the relationship between Lovelace and her mother, who sadly passed away from cancer. It was not relatable to me in that aspect but there were several passages that touched me in some way. I believe that it takes a lot o An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have never read anything by Lovelace before, and I am floored. This is beautifully written and the illustrations throughout are amazing. This collection of poetry focuses mostly on the relationship between Lovelace and her mother, who sadly passed away from cancer. It was not relatable to me in that aspect but there were several passages that touched me in some way. I believe that it takes a lot of courage and strength to present yourself openly like that to the world. I think Lovelace did an amazing job expressing what it can feel like to lose a parent. Highly recommend.
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    Self exploration as a catharsis. I respect that for the good it probably did to the author (I hope so) and maybe for some readers as well, but for me... this didn't do it. Mixed of poems and quotes/thoughts/advices, I like the concept and canvas of it all, but it was the form, the poetry, the writing that didn't please me. Not judging the person here of the subject, hard subject to talk about, and like I said if it did some good or help people then it deserve to be. Just saying my opinion and pe Self exploration as a catharsis. I respect that for the good it probably did to the author (I hope so) and maybe for some readers as well, but for me... this didn't do it. Mixed of poems and quotes/thoughts/advices, I like the concept and canvas of it all, but it was the form, the poetry, the writing that didn't please me. Not judging the person here of the subject, hard subject to talk about, and like I said if it did some good or help people then it deserve to be. Just saying my opinion and personal appreciation and for me it was a miss!
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  • Willow Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished this collection (I haven’t read the first book but I will) and I’m I so much life reflection it’s scary. This book is about pain but also about perseverance. It’s about Grief, but also joy. It’s about Love but also hate. It was so heart felt and there was one that really got to me.“i’m afraid i’ll be just like you,i’m afraid i’ll be nothing like you.”-my empress in reverseJust . . . This woman, Amanda Lovelace, has no idea how impactful she is. She digs up your memories, she make I just finished this collection (I haven’t read the first book but I will) and I’m I so much life reflection it’s scary. This book is about pain but also about perseverance. It’s about Grief, but also joy. It’s about Love but also hate. It was so heart felt and there was one that really got to me.“i’m afraid i’ll be just like you,i’m afraid i’ll be nothing like you.”-my empress in reverseJust . . . This woman, Amanda Lovelace, has no idea how impactful she is. She digs up your memories, she makes you cry but in the end . . . You laugh.
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  • Alisa
    January 1, 1970
    With her new poetry collection Amanda Lovelace delivers as always. This collection in particular deals with mother-daughter relationship, the toxicity and anger as well as love and forgiveness. A couple of the poems took my breath away, but now as many as I usually expect from poetry collections,so 4* from me.Thank you to netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    Review: To Drink Coffee With A GhostAuthor: Amanda LovelaceGenre: Poetry Publisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingPublication Date: September 17, 2019* I was sent a copy of this from the publisher and Netgalley. All opinions are my own. *This is the finale of Bestselling Poetess Amanda Lovelace’s duology “things that haunt”. The first, ‘To Make Monsters Out Of Girls,” focused on being in a toxic relationship. This one is about the loss of her mother and their very complicated relationship.When I was Review: To Drink Coffee With A GhostAuthor: Amanda LovelaceGenre: Poetry Publisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingPublication Date: September 17, 2019* I was sent a copy of this from the publisher and Netgalley. All opinions are my own. *This is the finale of Bestselling Poetess Amanda Lovelace’s duology “things that haunt”. The first, ‘To Make Monsters Out Of Girls,” focused on being in a toxic relationship. This one is about the loss of her mother and their very complicated relationship.When I was younger, poetry was like an extension of me. It was the THING. That thing that took the tired jumbled tangle of inexpressible emotions and made sense of them. I knew it’d be risky business for me to dig in to this topic.See, what makes death so hard is the ABSENCE of that person. So, while my mother is very alive, I’ve spent the majority of my life feeling like she has been dead. As I read through these pages I realized that I had experienced nearly every situation she had described.Difficult relationship? What little relationship I had with my (non-custodial) mother was conditional and manipulative. The author speaks of her contradictory feelings of wanting approval and almost idolizing her mother, no matter how torturous and toxic she knows it is. And her relationship with her sister; how much they had to step up and take on the grown up roles for each other. This book runs the entire gamut of emotions. From the resentment to grief, to the acceptance, to moving forward.It was written for the lost girls like me. The ones like my sister who had to put our mother to bed because she fell asleep sitting up smoking a cigarette or trying to get a spoonful of food to her mouth. Our mother is no longer very much mother. She’s more pills than mother now. Amanda Lovelace has that rare gift of saying a multitude of things in just a few short sentences.If you’ve never read her work, I highly recommend it.And this one was so beautiful and touching to me. It’s ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars, no doubt. Sad I don’t have a copy on my shelf right now!! #ToDrinkCoffeeWithAGhost #Netgalley #Goodreads
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  • Rebecca L.
    January 1, 1970
    Read this review on my blog at BeckieWrites.com I am a huge fan of poetry and I can honestly say that Lovelace is one of my absolute favorite modern poets.  There is something about her poetry that strikes a chord with me. Lovelace's critics have accused her of being a hack and overly simplistic, but I would argue that there is an authenticity to Lovelace's poems that is so deeply raw and real  that it resonates with thousands of people who have survived some form of brokenness or trauma in thei Read this review on my blog at BeckieWrites.com I am a huge fan of poetry and I can honestly say that Lovelace is one of my absolute favorite modern poets.  There is something about her poetry that strikes a chord with me. Lovelace's critics have accused her of being a hack and overly simplistic, but I would argue that there is an authenticity to Lovelace's poems that is so deeply raw and real  that it resonates with thousands of people who have survived some form of brokenness or trauma in their own lives.  The experience of grief. So is the appeal of Lovelace's prosaic verse. Lovelace's ouevre is not for the faint of heart and her latest offering is no different.  In this collection, she explores her feelings surrounding the death of her mother. How does a person mourn the passing of someone who caused them both physical and emotional harm? What does it mean to be shaped by a history of abuse? How do we at last lay the past to rest and find peace? The process of mourning is complicated. Lovelace helps readers to process their pain by turning their anguish into art. Even readers who are not survivors of trauma will be able to appreciate Lovelace's story. Her poems are deceptively simple. Although her writing seems straightforward, she manages to pack a great deal of emotion into just a few words. Sometimes books come to us at just the right time in our lives. I recently lost a loved one with whom I had a very complicated relationship. Like Lovelace, I prefer to find my solace in the pages of a book. Although Lovelace's story is not my own, reading about her journey from heartbreak to healing helped me to begin to find words to process my own grief. If you are  fan of modern poetry, especially poetry with a feminist/womanist emphasis, you will appreciate the haunting beauty of Lovelace's latest book.   Note: I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 
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  • Fanni
    January 1, 1970
    chills.Thanks to Netgalley and the author for letting me read this piece of art.I read this poetry collection in a very short amount of time, but let me state that it gave me enough to think about for days. I teared up, this is so important. The Trigger Warnings section in the front reminded me that maybe literature today is headed in the right direction, with more and more authors including them in their works. I count myself fortunate for being able to start anything without even worrying abou chills.Thanks to Netgalley and the author for letting me read this piece of art.I read this poetry collection in a very short amount of time, but let me state that it gave me enough to think about for days. I teared up, this is so important. The Trigger Warnings section in the front reminded me that maybe literature today is headed in the right direction, with more and more authors including them in their works. I count myself fortunate for being able to start anything without even worrying about what's inside. This fact and the book reminded me how fortunate I really am. For having parents who support me, and not having lost anyone really close to me, for having a relatively easy time while others have it terribly hard. to drink coffee with a ghost made me think about how crucial it is to think twice before you talk: to avoid affecting those who look up to you in a harmful way. Words hold endless power. As someone studying psychology, considering myself an empathic person, and trying my way of spiritualism I am well aware of how much it matters. Please take care of others. Please be careful yourself. The author showed me how much has happened to her and I rooted for her to get that happy ending, because some cases you just know that someone's a good person and they deserve it.The art work in this poetry collection is absolutely gorgeous. Witchcraft, tarot and COFFEE are incredibly important things to me which means that I felt an even stronger connection to this on top of everything.I'm so grateful to have been able to read it.
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  • Estíbaliz Montero Iniesta
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Lovelace keeps doing it. Her words are poignant and raw, they always strike as profoundly sincere and human. I respect her immensely for the courage needed to open yourself like that to the world, to pour your experiences and your pain and your soul and heart into words and give them to others as a gift.In this book, Amanda focuses primarily on the relationship with her mother, which was a toxic one. And even though I cannot relate to this topic as much as I related to the topics on her p Amanda Lovelace keeps doing it. Her words are poignant and raw, they always strike as profoundly sincere and human. I respect her immensely for the courage needed to open yourself like that to the world, to pour your experiences and your pain and your soul and heart into words and give them to others as a gift.In this book, Amanda focuses primarily on the relationship with her mother, which was a toxic one. And even though I cannot relate to this topic as much as I related to the topics on her previous books (because I have the immense luck of a great loving relationship with my mother, that I won’t take for granted anymore after this reading experience), the poems still managed to make me feel a lot. And that only speaks wonders of Amanda’s writing style. Someone capable of making you feel torn apart at things that didn’t even happen to you is an author that shouldn’t be ignored, but greatly celebrated.I also love that she never focuses on the trauma alone, she talks about healing as an ever ongoing process and that, ultimately, there’s always hope. And that is okay to feel contradictory things about a person or a time of your life, all that you need is acceptance and the will to keep going.I am clearly always going to read what this amazing woman writes, and I highly recommend the experience of her books. It’s an enriching one as no other is.ARC kindly provided by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Julia Sapphire
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read all of Lovelace's collections and I always really enjoy and value them. This one is the second book in the "things that haunt me" series. There are many trigger warnings associated with this book that is stated at the beginning of the collection. (I always appreciate a trigger warnings page.)This collection mainly deals with grief, sexual assault, and loss. This collection you can tell is very personal t 3.75 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read all of Lovelace's collections and I always really enjoy and value them. This one is the second book in the "things that haunt me" series. There are many trigger warnings associated with this book that is stated at the beginning of the collection. (I always appreciate a trigger warnings page.)This collection mainly deals with grief, sexual assault, and loss. This collection you can tell is very personal to the author as the collection discusses a mother-daughter relationship. It talks about the relationship a child has with their parent and the emotions that go along with not feeling accepted by them. It also deals with grief and we get the perspective of someone who lost a parent and what that is like. This was a great collection about grief and loss, it also explored topics of toxic relationships, the desire for love and acceptance, the danger and impact of words, and the topic of escapism. I really enjoyed how books and tarot cards were referenced and referred to as an escape to help someone cope. My only issues with this were that I felt the ending was a bit abrupt and it felt like it did not have a proper close to the collection. But overall I thought it was a really solid collection with an important message. It also had some beautiful illustrations.
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  • Rebecca Weedon
    January 1, 1970
    Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for kindly sharing this ARC. Amanda Lovelace's new collection centres around the toxic relationship she shared with her mother, who died of Cancer. I have always been a fan of Lovelace's work, and she continues to touch the souls of her readers through her beautiful and poignant words. Your heart breaks when her heart breaks. Even if you haven't lost a parent you can relate to this book as it will always be inevitable. I particularly en Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for kindly sharing this ARC. Amanda Lovelace's new collection centres around the toxic relationship she shared with her mother, who died of Cancer. I have always been a fan of Lovelace's work, and she continues to touch the souls of her readers through her beautiful and poignant words. Your heart breaks when her heart breaks. Even if you haven't lost a parent you can relate to this book as it will always be inevitable. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations; it shows that a picture can speak a thousand words. If a new reader is experiencing similar feelings or emotions, I would not deter them from reading but I would want to make sure they understand the content of this book. What I really appreciate is that Lovelace has included a list of trigger warnings. I think it would be such a cathartic read for those experiencing similar situations and would help with the healing process. Thank you Amanda for again sharing your soul with us readers!
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  • Lucsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    This book starts with a list of trigger warnings that is bigger than some of the poems that follow so beware that some of these poems carry heavy emotions and heavy themes with them.The book is divided into three parts: the first is about the author's relationship with her mother and all the ways in which she failed in protecting her daughter from the world and herself. The second part is about reconciling the good and the bad, learning to forgive the mother for what she couldn't change after ge This book starts with a list of trigger warnings that is bigger than some of the poems that follow so beware that some of these poems carry heavy emotions and heavy themes with them.The book is divided into three parts: the first is about the author's relationship with her mother and all the ways in which she failed in protecting her daughter from the world and herself. The second part is about reconciling the good and the bad, learning to forgive the mother for what she couldn't change after getting sick and prematurely dying and still remember all the good moments that they had together. The third part is my favorite because it is about healing and finding a family.My absolute favorite poems though are the one's about Amanda's spouse because they are what divides the sad poems from the happier ones.Amanda's poetry is direct and heartfelt and I'm happy I finally had the opportunity of being introduced to her books.This book is also illustrated and every drawing is absolutely beautiful.Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this ARC.
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  • Alyssa Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this from netgalleyBOY OH BOY DID I ABSOLUTELY FIND MY NEW FAVORITE POETRY COLLECTION/SERIES.I read to make monsters out of girls earlier this week and when I saw this on netgalley, I snatched it so quick. I personally really loved lovelace's second poetry collection in her first series, but felt so so about the other two. I absolutely LOVED this one and the one before it. I really feel like amanda is just going to keep getting better and better because this collection is ha I received a copy of this from netgalleyBOY OH BOY DID I ABSOLUTELY FIND MY NEW FAVORITE POETRY COLLECTION/SERIES.I read to make monsters out of girls earlier this week and when I saw this on netgalley, I snatched it so quick. I personally really loved lovelace's second poetry collection in her first series, but felt so so about the other two. I absolutely LOVED this one and the one before it. I really feel like amanda is just going to keep getting better and better because this collection is hands down one of the top 3 best poetry collections I've ever read. Her writing is so unique in the sense that she's writing about life and experiences but it feels like you're reading a fairytale or fantasy book. I loved the themes this touched on and really felt the emotion behind it and found myself so connected, even though it wasn't something I've experienced. I also love how all of her books include trigger warnings as I think that's so important. So if you're into modern poetry and love the feel of a fantasy story, I cannot recommend this enough!
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  • Krys
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.***Every time I think, I can’t love Amanda Lovelace anymore than I do already.Every time, I end up a liar.To drink coffee with a ghost is Amanda’s exploration of her fraught relationship with her mom and finding peace in the good times and bad, and exploring how hard it is to go on afterwards.I had a good relationship with my mom, but her words still spoke to me for the person I did have a tough r Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.***Every time I think, I can’t love Amanda Lovelace anymore than I do already.Every time, I end up a liar.To drink coffee with a ghost is Amanda’s exploration of her fraught relationship with her mom and finding peace in the good times and bad, and exploring how hard it is to go on afterwards.I had a good relationship with my mom, but her words still spoke to me for the person I did have a tough relationship with. She spoke to my heart of how hard it is to forgive but want to get to that point. About how perception can change as you get older, how you can look back at that relationship and see it differently now. How sometimes that doesn’t really change the hurt, just how you view it. How we haunt ourselves with all the what if’s, could haves, should haves, and maybes. I loved this collection and I can’t wait for it to go on sale so I can add it to my poetry shelf where I can bookmark my favorite pages and sink back into the words.
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  • Nia (FaydrielReads)
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. To Drink Coffee with a Ghost is Amanda Lovelace's second installment in her Things that Haunt Series. In This series of she explores her complicated relationship with her mother, who died of cancer, grief, and healing. I was enthralled by her writing once again, and the drawing between chapters in their autumn colors is such a beautiful touch. I truly adore Amanda Lovelace's poetry. I have written The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. To Drink Coffee with a Ghost is Amanda Lovelace's second installment in her Things that Haunt Series. In This series of she explores her complicated relationship with her mother, who died of cancer, grief, and healing. I was enthralled by her writing once again, and the drawing between chapters in their autumn colors is such a beautiful touch. I truly adore Amanda Lovelace's poetry. I have written every single book she has published. She has such a way with words, and how she shapes each poem to be related to an overarching theme is simply beautiful. I found myself relating to this one so much, as someone who has also lost a parent I loved reading the ones about grief and healing as I felt like it spoke to my soul.
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  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Lovelace is one of my favorite modern poets, and to drink coffee with a ghost doesn't disappoint. Her language is sharp and soothing all at the same time, and she does such a wonderful job of getting right to the core of the reader's emotion without it being unnecessarily melodramatic. to drink coffee with a ghost reads as a love letter to girls who have complicated relationships with their mothers, thereby having complicated relationships with themselves and those around them. Some of th Amanda Lovelace is one of my favorite modern poets, and to drink coffee with a ghost doesn't disappoint. Her language is sharp and soothing all at the same time, and she does such a wonderful job of getting right to the core of the reader's emotion without it being unnecessarily melodramatic. to drink coffee with a ghost reads as a love letter to girls who have complicated relationships with their mothers, thereby having complicated relationships with themselves and those around them. Some of these poems hit me deep down in a way I haven't been reached before, and it's always such a raw, exhilarating moment when it happens.I highly recommend this collection. For girls with complicated relationships, girls who have to learn to love themselves, or even just people who love beautiful language, to drink coffee with a ghost will not disappoint.
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  • Pamela Scott
    January 1, 1970
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...ARC from (@AndrewsMcMeel via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewedLovelace is one of my favourite poets and I’ve read most of her books now. I enjoyed this so much I bought a copy of the first book, To Make Monsters out Of Girls. These poems are very personal. Lovelace explores mothers and daughters and how the relationship between them is never simple. The mother in these poems seems to be cruel at times, verging on unhinged and abusive. Some of the poems w https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...ARC from (@AndrewsMcMeel via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewedLovelace is one of my favourite poets and I’ve read most of her books now. I enjoyed this so much I bought a copy of the first book, To Make Monsters out Of Girls. These poems are very personal. Lovelace explores mothers and daughters and how the relationship between them is never simple. The mother in these poems seems to be cruel at times, verging on unhinged and abusive. Some of the poems were painful to read. As the poems were for the most part very short, no more than a few lines I read the collection fairly quickly. I would have enjoyed longer poems with a bit more substance. I looked forward to Lovelace’s next collection.
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  • Mo
    January 1, 1970
    ARC Given by NetGalley for Honest ReviewLet me start off with saying. Amanda Lovelace hasn't let me down yet! I was jumping for joy when I was able to read another one of her works. This collection is a continuation of "to make monsters out of girls" that deals with the feelings of confusion, grief, and loss after the death of a loved one (her mother specifically). What always stands out to me in Lovelace's work is that she is able to capture such raw emotion in such small spaces in words. The l ARC Given by NetGalley for Honest ReviewLet me start off with saying. Amanda Lovelace hasn't let me down yet! I was jumping for joy when I was able to read another one of her works. This collection is a continuation of "to make monsters out of girls" that deals with the feelings of confusion, grief, and loss after the death of a loved one (her mother specifically). What always stands out to me in Lovelace's work is that she is able to capture such raw emotion in such small spaces in words. The lines are never over-flowery or pompous, but never boring and repetitive. As the reader continues through this work they get to see the recovery and strength that comes with navigating through hardships. This is a great work for teens and up!
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  • Jen Solak
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Lovelace turns her attention to her relationship with her mother and with herself in this book or poetry. What does it mean to lose someone you love and loathe? How do you change? What changes do you make and how does it effect your future relationships? These are all topics that Lovelace faces head on in a collection which is a soul bearing love letter that doesn’t hold back the punches. Even if you have an awesome relationship with a very alive mother, there are poems in this book which Amanda Lovelace turns her attention to her relationship with her mother and with herself in this book or poetry. What does it mean to lose someone you love and loathe? How do you change? What changes do you make and how does it effect your future relationships? These are all topics that Lovelace faces head on in a collection which is a soul bearing love letter that doesn’t hold back the punches. Even if you have an awesome relationship with a very alive mother, there are poems in this book which will speak to your soul. They are aside a smattering of beautiful illustrations. Worth a read and spot on any reader’s shelf!
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    This review first appeared on ReadingTheThingThis books takes you along with the emotions that come along when your relationship with your mother is abusive and complicated, and then she passes away. It’s about grief, about how a sister can be a saviour, how the relationship with a parent can (and most often will) resonate in (love)relationships. With beautiful drawings (all black and white, with one color accent each), and of course the amazing wordcraft of Amanda Lovelace.I highly recommend th This review first appeared on ReadingTheThingThis books takes you along with the emotions that come along when your relationship with your mother is abusive and complicated, and then she passes away. It’s about grief, about how a sister can be a saviour, how the relationship with a parent can (and most often will) resonate in (love)relationships. With beautiful drawings (all black and white, with one color accent each), and of course the amazing wordcraft of Amanda Lovelace.I highly recommend this book. Get it when it comes out the 17th of September. I recommend all her books. Buy them, read them, feel them.
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  • decafandpaperbacks
    January 1, 1970
    *A huge thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review*4.5/5 starsMaybe my favorite collection of poetry that Lovelace has come out with thus far. Poetry is something very deep and personal, not only to the author, but the reader as well. I think that my favorites of hers (the princess saves herself in this one & to drink coffee with a ghost) are the ones that I relate to the most, and I am just so thankful work like this exists. Beauti *A huge thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review*4.5/5 starsMaybe my favorite collection of poetry that Lovelace has come out with thus far. Poetry is something very deep and personal, not only to the author, but the reader as well. I think that my favorites of hers (the princess saves herself in this one & to drink coffee with a ghost) are the ones that I relate to the most, and I am just so thankful work like this exists. Beautiful, haunting, emotional, and lyrical, Lovelace's work will continue to be my favorite in contemporary poetry. Please read it when it comes out on September 17th, 2019!
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  • mandabutler
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a big fan of Amanda Lovelace’s previous books, including The Princess Saves Herself in This One, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One, and To Make Monsters Out of Girls. To be honest, I had already pre-ordered To Drink Coffee With a Ghost… before receiving an ARC through NetGalley.In to Drink Coffee With A Ghost, Amanda dives deep into the relationship she had with her mother who died of cancer. It also gives a deep view of the relationship she has with I’m a big fan of Amanda Lovelace’s previous books, including The Princess Saves Herself in This One, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One, and To Make Monsters Out of Girls. To be honest, I had already pre-ordered To Drink Coffee With a Ghost… before receiving an ARC through NetGalley.In to Drink Coffee With A Ghost, Amanda dives deep into the relationship she had with her mother who died of cancer. It also gives a deep view of the relationship she has with her sister. Amanda’s poetry is deep and thoughtful. A lot of people call it “instagram poetry,” but I honestly prefer it. Its down to earth and extremely relate-able.Personally, this book was less relate-able to me just because I didn’t directly identify with the relationship she had with her mother. I do however identify with the relationship with her sister. There are definitely some poems about her mom that I could more relate to my relationship with my father. Relate-able or not, the poetry is beautiful, thoughtful and flowing. I especially love the last line of each poem, which I consider to be the title. It completes each poem so well. I also love how there are some poems that are in parts, which in the hard copy version will be on pages opposite each other.Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars. I greatly look forward to Amanda continuing to write.http://www.mandabutler.com/drink-coff...
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  • Laura Duncan
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book of poetry is primarily about grief for the passing of the poet's mother, who was at times the poet's best friend and at times very toxic. I loved the way that this dichotomy was explored, and how the grieving process was depicted in a myriad of different ways—reminiscing, anger, fear, love, hate, sorrow—it was all very real and raw, yet magical throughout. No feeling was too big or too sma The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book of poetry is primarily about grief for the passing of the poet's mother, who was at times the poet's best friend and at times very toxic. I loved the way that this dichotomy was explored, and how the grieving process was depicted in a myriad of different ways—reminiscing, anger, fear, love, hate, sorrow—it was all very real and raw, yet magical throughout. No feeling was too big or too small, too personal or universal to include, and I always appreciate that about Amanda Lovelace's writing. I'll definitely keep reading whatever she writes!
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  • Nathaniel Darkish
    January 1, 1970
    It's a shame this didn't warrant a higher rating from me-- the concept here is very good, a series of poetry made up of what she'd say in a conversation with the ghost of her mother. The reason I think it didn't work better for me is that it largely rehashes a lot of the ideas of her previous poetry collections and also she makes some stylistic choices that are very pop poetry that I don't necessarily love. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.I'd probably give a higher score by a star if I It's a shame this didn't warrant a higher rating from me-- the concept here is very good, a series of poetry made up of what she'd say in a conversation with the ghost of her mother. The reason I think it didn't work better for me is that it largely rehashes a lot of the ideas of her previous poetry collections and also she makes some stylistic choices that are very pop poetry that I don't necessarily love. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.I'd probably give a higher score by a star if I wasn't already familiar with Lovelace's poetry.
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  • Megan Macdonald
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In her latest poetry collection Amanda Lovelace explores the before and after of a toxic home life. The anger and confusion of loving and hating someone simultaneously, the relentless ever changing landscape of grief, and most importantly the breakthrough of finding joy again. In one poem she describes the experience as picking at old wounds to bleed on the page and it most definitely comes across The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In her latest poetry collection Amanda Lovelace explores the before and after of a toxic home life. The anger and confusion of loving and hating someone simultaneously, the relentless ever changing landscape of grief, and most importantly the breakthrough of finding joy again. In one poem she describes the experience as picking at old wounds to bleed on the page and it most definitely comes across as such.
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