Love Looks Pretty on You
The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and self-empowerment. Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It's no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world.

Love Looks Pretty on You Details

TitleLove Looks Pretty on You
Author
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN-139781449499358
Rating
GenrePoetry, Feminism

Love Looks Pretty on You Review

  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    And if ever you find my name slipping from your memory, I can promise you, by the time this year is through, you will never forget it again. Lang Leav was my first contemporary poetry love, and no matter how many collections she releases, I genuinely don't believe I'll ever stop adoring them. She always seems to know exactly the right things to say, and when I pick up one of her books, always, it feels like coming home. Our salvation will only come if we stand together. Love Looks Pretty on You And if ever you find my name slipping from your memory, I can promise you, by the time this year is through, you will never forget it again. Lang Leav was my first contemporary poetry love, and no matter how many collections she releases, I genuinely don't believe I'll ever stop adoring them. She always seems to know exactly the right things to say, and when I pick up one of her books, always, it feels like coming home. Our salvation will only come if we stand together. Love Looks Pretty on You stands apart from her previous collections in its unapologetic, bold feminist theme, and that made it my favorite yet. Lang takes the time to break down what misogyny has done to women, and how it has encouraged us to tear one another down for our sexuality or even our mere, most human mistakes. When my best friend told meshe was in lovemy first thought was,'I hope he is good to her.'And it suddenly occurred to me,what I held in my heart for herwas hope, when it shouldhave been expectation. There are endless references circling back to abuse and the things women in m/f relationships have come to not only fear, but to expect, and while it's a tough read at points—or it was for me, as a survivor—it also feels like a tight hug, a fellow warrior saying, "I understand you," and I didn't know how much I needed that right now until reading these poems and Lang's quick flashes of righteous anger and sorrow. My mother, my safe passageinto this world, fought a warto show me wars can be won. Finally, some of the most heartache-inducing moments in the collection are the references to Lang's mother, which made me take a moment to think of how grateful and blessed I am to never have lived through the struggles of being a refugee. In these moments, it's easy to see that Lang Leav got her bravery honestly. Someone who has your heart is not entitled to your body.No one lays a finger on you without your permission. I could easily fill page upon page with quotes and my own gushing over this collection, but I'll stop here and say only that, if you enjoy poignant, powerful, relevant poems from a writer whose work I genuinely believe will go down in history for generations to come, read this.All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    January 1, 1970
    This came to me at an important time in my life. Everything is a mess, and my mind is so loud that it's hard to breath. Lang's collection matched all my thoughts and emotions. Love and longing, loss and emptiness.A Long Time AgoEverything feels sentimental these days, every song feels loaded, feels somehow directed at me. Every emotion is heightened tenfold, your fingertips leaving burn marks on my skin.I think it only feels this way for me when things are beginning or when they're ending.And my This came to me at an important time in my life. Everything is a mess, and my mind is so loud that it's hard to breath. Lang's collection matched all my thoughts and emotions. Love and longing, loss and emptiness.A Long Time AgoEverything feels sentimental these days, every song feels loaded, feels somehow directed at me. Every emotion is heightened tenfold, your fingertips leaving burn marks on my skin.I think it only feels this way for me when things are beginning or when they're ending.And my love, we started this a long time ago. *I thank Lang Leav, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review: DNF Trigger warning: None up till the point I read. I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I’ve heard about Leav’s poetry collections. Most people rave about them. Having come across a review with some quotes that I really liked I requested it. Unfortunately I didn’t like it. I hesitate to call this poetry. Some of it read like random thoughts that were penned right away. There were pages where there was only a sentence. While I did l Mini review: DNF Trigger warning: None up till the point I read. I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I’ve heard about Leav’s poetry collections. Most people rave about them. Having come across a review with some quotes that I really liked I requested it. Unfortunately I didn’t like it. I hesitate to call this poetry. Some of it read like random thoughts that were penned right away. There were pages where there was only a sentence. While I did like some quotes, I just found the whole thing bizarre. Can’t say I was a fan of the writing style. I still recommend.
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  • Azrah
    January 1, 1970
    In the past two years I've really been getting in to reading poetry. And every once in a while I come across a collection that speaks to me.This spoke to me. It was beautiful, raw and empowering. I found myself wanting to stretch out and savour every page. Sometimes I'd gobble up a few poems right after each other and sometimes I'd read one and ponder on it. This being my first Lang Leav collection, I am now excited to make my way through all her previous works piece by piece.ARC received via Ne In the past two years I've really been getting in to reading poetry. And every once in a while I come across a collection that speaks to me.This spoke to me. It was beautiful, raw and empowering. I found myself wanting to stretch out and savour every page. Sometimes I'd gobble up a few poems right after each other and sometimes I'd read one and ponder on it. This being my first Lang Leav collection, I am now excited to make my way through all her previous works piece by piece.ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewIt's a decent poetry collection about all kinds of love. It's slightly better than the author's other collection but it lacked an emotional impact. However, there are a few standouts like: Vultures, What You Wish For, Loyalty, First Steps, Idols, and The Friendship Bond.
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  • Aya Hamza
    January 1, 1970
    "I have buried myself so deep in my words that sometimes I don't know if I am the person writing or hiding between the lines" I really enjoyed this collection! I had my eyes on Lang Leav collections for a while, but never picked them up because modern poetry are hit or miss for me. And I am glad to say I liked this collection by her. I need to check out more of her works.This collection is all about women empowerment and has lots of feminist themes, mixed with other poems about love and heartbr "I have buried myself so deep in my words that sometimes I don't know if I am the person writing or hiding between the lines" I really enjoyed this collection! I had my eyes on Lang Leav collections for a while, but never picked them up because modern poetry are hit or miss for me. And I am glad to say I liked this collection by her. I need to check out more of her works.This collection is all about women empowerment and has lots of feminist themes, mixed with other poems about love and heartbreak.The collection has a mix of poems and prose which I liked. I tend to enjoy the prose more as modern poetry is not my thing. But if you like modern poetry, I believe you will love this collection.Some of the poems I liked from the collection are:RegretsLetters to the PastIdolsThe Friendship BondSlut ShamingFirst StepsAbusive RelationshipsAnxiety (This one is my favorite! This touched my soul!)*Thank you to Andrew McMeel Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    Love Looks Pretty on You came to me as a surprise, this is better than her earlier works. I tried her poetry books it’s a tricky relationship but with her novel, phew, that blew my socks off.What I noticed as a whole is that it felt a bit detached, it lacks the emotion mostly present in her poetry books. Some love pieces that felt monotonous in voice.However, it brought me to a strong impression of the uplifting and eye-opening encouragement I got from Love Looks Pretty on You. The author shone Love Looks Pretty on You came to me as a surprise, this is better than her earlier works. I tried her poetry books it’s a tricky relationship but with her novel, phew, that blew my socks off.What I noticed as a whole is that it felt a bit detached, it lacks the emotion mostly present in her poetry books. Some love pieces that felt monotonous in voice.However, it brought me to a strong impression of the uplifting and eye-opening encouragement I got from Love Looks Pretty on You. The author shone a light on views as a partner, friend, daughter, and generally as a woman.“Someone who has your heart is not entitled to your body.No one lays a finger on you without your permission.”Another is the side of taking care of one’s self. It brings awareness to one. I liked pieces particularly: Anxiety, More Than You, Youth, These Years. “Don’t stay where you are needed. Go where you are loved.”Copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the author, the author’s work, the publisher, nor any other group of people, nor receive any monetary compensation for doing this review. All quotes may not be exactly as it is in the final release of the book. Blog • Instagram • Twitter • Ko-Fi
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  • Julia Sapphire
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 ☆
  • Vani
    January 1, 1970
    This is cute! "Why do you take it so personally when she contradicts the version of herself that exists only in your head?"Things I like:Leav doesn't stick to one style of poetry. Some feel so modern and some rhyme and feel more antiquated and some are more like prose and so on and so on.I am a big complainer about modern poetry having a lot of "filler", one or two line poems that are essentially just platitudes, and this is almost entirely lacking that.There are poems about love (both current a This is cute! "Why do you take it so personally when she contradicts the version of herself that exists only in your head?"Things I like:Leav doesn't stick to one style of poetry. Some feel so modern and some rhyme and feel more antiquated and some are more like prose and so on and so on.I am a big complainer about modern poetry having a lot of "filler", one or two line poems that are essentially just platitudes, and this is almost entirely lacking that.There are poems about love (both current and former), about her mother, abusive relationships, places, feelings. There are so many different thoughts, many of which are very uplifting and hopeful. A lot of positivity for women. "You turn him into poetry because you can't have him any other way."The thing I didn't love is that while some poems made me aww and some made me oOoOoh, I felt nothing. None of these actually made me feeeeel anything and that's what I need from poetry tbh.You come home to yourself when you have a thing or two to tell your past, when you see with crystal clarity the parts of yourself you need to keep or discard."*Thanks so much to NetGalley for access to this collection in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 starsThis was not my first Lang Leav's book, I think I read all her previous poetry collections before this. Every time it's a nice surprise to find some of myself in her works. This book was no exception. There are poems that are empowering and others that are sweet and tender. But there are also poems about lost love. If you enjoy poetry I highly recommend this collection.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    "In the wrong hands, your past is a weapon."---To be honest, I haven't read much poetry before, but I've heard a lot about Lang Leav, so I wanted to give this work a try. The prose itself was beautiful and her prose and poetry on misogyny was well done, but overall I thought it was a bit shallow and contradictory. Perhaps I'm just not the right audience for this sort of work. I've never had an all encompassing love (sadly) so I couldn't truly relate.However, I will say that some of Leav's poems "In the wrong hands, your past is a weapon."---To be honest, I haven't read much poetry before, but I've heard a lot about Lang Leav, so I wanted to give this work a try. The prose itself was beautiful and her prose and poetry on misogyny was well done, but overall I thought it was a bit shallow and contradictory. Perhaps I'm just not the right audience for this sort of work. I've never had an all encompassing love (sadly) so I couldn't truly relate.However, I will say that some of Leav's poems really touched me. 'Anxiety' was one of them, I instantly recognized myself in her work at that moment.Although this wasn't my cup of tea, I can understand why people praise Leav's poetry. A copy of this book was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • alex
    January 1, 1970
    thank you netgalley for providing me with this arc in exchange for an, ahem, honest reviewi don't know why i thought leav would've changed. why would she change when the old garbage has worked out so well for her? still, i found myself downloading this book from netgalley just to see.and folx... it's still awful poetry. i really don't think much of it can even be classified as poetry.what killed me was the poem where she put a disclaimer: 'written at twelve years of age.' it seemed to me at the thank you netgalley for providing me with this arc in exchange for an, ahem, honest reviewi don't know why i thought leav would've changed. why would she change when the old garbage has worked out so well for her? still, i found myself downloading this book from netgalley just to see.and folx... it's still awful poetry. i really don't think much of it can even be classified as poetry.what killed me was the poem where she put a disclaimer: 'written at twelve years of age.' it seemed to me at the same time bragging that she was such a ~deep thinker~ at twelve years old and also a disclaimer that maybe the poem wasn't very good, but hey, she was only twelve.except... it's the same as the rest of the poems in this book. she could've told me all of the poems had been written at twelve and i'd believe her. wait, one more: oh my god what a fucking REVELATION
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  • Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I really liked this poetry collection, it was tender and very touching. I adored the themes in this one, how falling in love was represented here. It's probably my favorite book from Lang Leav after Love & Misadventures, it restored my faith in the author and her writing.
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  • Dora (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review (available from 26th Jan, 2019): http://swiftcoffee.blog/2019/01/26/lo...This collection of poems was exactly what I expected it to be: a quick, easy read that filled my soul and calmed my brain.What to call this book? Poetry, guide, reminiscence? Some poems were painfully adequate for me, others I could relate to with my past self (selves?). The poet actually does a lot of talking to her old self. What's more, there's even a poem she wrote when she was only 12! And it completely mat Full review (available from 26th Jan, 2019): http://swiftcoffee.blog/2019/01/26/lo...This collection of poems was exactly what I expected it to be: a quick, easy read that filled my soul and calmed my brain.What to call this book? Poetry, guide, reminiscence? Some poems were painfully adequate for me, others I could relate to with my past self (selves?). The poet actually does a lot of talking to her old self. What's more, there's even a poem she wrote when she was only 12! And it completely matched the book, too!The poems are mostly written from a young woman's perspective, and they deal with things we all feel sometimes in our lives. They're so obvious things and sentiments, but it feels so good to see them plainly written down. It's nice to feel others go through the similar little (and not so little) experiences that you do!The wording is very simple and easy to understand, and at first I thought it's... well, not very poetic - then I realized I'm only through like half of the collection, and I highlighted a crazy amount of lines! And that's right because it's so simple. It's beautiful in its simplicity. The greatest personal experience I had with this collection was the universal feeling of not being alone. Some poems I could more relate to, there were also some I couldn't as much, but all in all that warmth was running through me that meant all people, all women has some experiences, feelings, phases in common. Reading these books I didn't feel like the poet tried to be cleverer than me, it was all about being simple and relatable.
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  • Sarah Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav 4.75 stars“She felt a surge of joy that warmed her so unexpectedly, so completely—it was as though it had been waiting for her all this time. Waiting among the flowers.”Lang Leav is a famous name that is synonymous with modern poetry. Her works have taken the publishing industry by storm and influenced a lot of poets in the process. This is my first time picking up one of her works and this is the most cohesive of the poetry collections I’ve come across. I w Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav 4.75 stars“She felt a surge of joy that warmed her so unexpectedly, so completely—it was as though it had been waiting for her all this time. Waiting among the flowers.”Lang Leav is a famous name that is synonymous with modern poetry. Her works have taken the publishing industry by storm and influenced a lot of poets in the process. This is my first time picking up one of her works and this is the most cohesive of the poetry collections I’ve come across. I want to say that I loved this collection. There are poems that I adore, liked, and then there are poems that I hated. So, it is a mixed bag, but my love for the poems outweighed my distaste for a handful of them. I can’t remember a time when I’ve come across a collection that has so severely touched me. Leav tackles feminism, abuse, consent, love, what is to be a woman, and the main theme of this is a love letter to women. A celebration of a woman’s psyche and her desire to be loved and the hurt that sometimes come from being loved. It’s a beautiful collection. I will preface this by saying it is poetry and prose. There are a lot of pages with just a sentence or two and that was a little off-putting to me at first, but as the collection went on, I became so immersed that I cared more about the words themselves than the blank space on the page.“My mother, my safe passageinto this world, fought a warto show me wars can be won.”Let’s tackle the poems I had issues with. There are some poems in here that are aggressive to the point of me feeling uncertain if the poet means ill will toward someone or if they are making a statement. I like statement poetry, I can get behind that. I can’t, however, get behind the niggling against a human being for the actions and decisions that they make. Whether those decisions or actions are right is besides the point, they deserve grace and implying that if they so much as think about you will bring your wrath upon them is dramatic and unnecessary. This collection focuses heavily on consent, but there is one poem that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable and slightly under the impression that consent is being thrown into the wind. I don’t believe this is Leav’s intention, but to a young impressionable teen who may not be able to read into the subtext it could potentially encourage a decision that is questionable. I will leave the poem in a spoiler tag in case you are curious about the content:(view spoiler)[“He only wants youwhen he can’t have you.So why don’t you give himwhat he wants. (hide spoiler)]The one poem I can’t stand though is Obsession. It made me think of Hypodermic Sally from Hotel when she sews herself to that boy and girl because she was so in love with them and then they died on her. Ew. I just can’t get behind the weird obsessive tattoo your name on my face and bind myself to you forever. NOPE. I also wasn’t a fan of Unforgiven, but I don’t want to keep focusing on the things I didn’t like because look at all that I loved.Poems/Prose I Recommend:Making HistoryMore or LessVulturesPandora’s Box*Letter to the Past*Idols*Before*RefugeesSlut Shaming*First Steps*Flowers*One day a moment will come to you.SaltwaterWoman’s AnthemAbusive Relationships*True LoveThe Gift of EverythingRebirthThis Was the Year*From My Heart What He’s LostReflectionA Meeting of Selves*The Present*YouthThese YearsElementsHouse of Straw*Write for YourselfLove and LossSpringtimeA Long Time AgoI adored this collection. There are some fantastic poems in here. They truly hit me in an unexpected and beautiful way. Poetry is hit or miss with me and it’s usually more miss with me because I prefer spoken word poetry. Here is a poem that I loved:“When my best friend told me she was in love my first thought was,I hope he is good to her.And it suddenly occurred to me,what I held in my heart for herwas hope, when it should have been expectation.”Please check out this collection. I’m serious. It’s worth reading. Despite the few poems that I found to be unsatisfying and the good overweighs the bad by far. This collection is eloquent, gripping, and emotional profound. Its an intimate look at women through the lens of a poet celebrating womanhood.“Chased away the cobwebs that I had let linger for far too long. Told the moon I was sorry, but this is now my time in the sun."Whimsical Writing Scale: 4.5Plotastic Scale: 5Cover Thoughts: I am obsessed with this cover and the colors. The two colors are just so striking and I love everything about it.Thank you, Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Courtney Whisenant
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a gift so I'm glad I waited until I was in the right mood to receive it. I found a kindred spirit in the words and was left with a feeling of hope and validation. The title, Love Looks Pretty on You, captures the essence of the book. It was distinctly feminine without any of the negative connotations I associate with modern feminists. My two favorite quotes are "Don't stay where you are needed. Go where you are loved." and "The less you speak, the more weight your words will carry w This book is a gift so I'm glad I waited until I was in the right mood to receive it. I found a kindred spirit in the words and was left with a feeling of hope and validation. The title, Love Looks Pretty on You, captures the essence of the book. It was distinctly feminine without any of the negative connotations I associate with modern feminists. My two favorite quotes are "Don't stay where you are needed. Go where you are loved." and "The less you speak, the more weight your words will carry when you do." The one poem I related to most is titled "Something Else". In it, the poet talks about the impossibility of feeling only one emotion at a time. Anyone who knows me would agree that this applies to me as well. I simply loved it! I received a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    My first (and definitely not my last) of Lang Leav’s poetry- this was a breath of fresh air and just what I needed today!Light yet emotionally deep, I loved this collection and cannot wait to order my next Leav poetry collection. Thank you so much to Netgalley, Andrew McMeel Publishing, and Lang Leav for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Atiqah Ghazali
    January 1, 1970
    "What is the part of you that you can't stand? How do you hide it and who are you most afraid will find out?"Love Looks Pretty On You is the 7th book by Lang Leav. It is a mix collection of poetry and prose. Some are one liner, some are written in one paragraph and most are contemporary poems. As the leader of the pack, she has been consistent with her writings except this one.For me, this book fell short. It was as if the author was forcing the creative juice to flow when her schedule might be "What is the part of you that you can't stand? How do you hide it and who are you most afraid will find out?"Love Looks Pretty On You is the 7th book by Lang Leav. It is a mix collection of poetry and prose. Some are one liner, some are written in one paragraph and most are contemporary poems. As the leader of the pack, she has been consistent with her writings except this one.For me, this book fell short. It was as if the author was forcing the creative juice to flow when her schedule might be too hectic to write one book per year. In addition to that, she have lost some of her rhythms that her words used to have in the earlier works.Nevertheless, I could relate to the angst, frustration, broken-heartedness that the author poured in this latest creation. For her loyal fans, this is a good addition to the collection. For those who want to read their first Lang Leav, I suggest the Love & Misadventures and Memories."You are a writer bleeding words onto a page. And the ones who hate you will trample on that page. And the ones who love you will cut you, to keep you bleeding."
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  • Joseph Marvin Reyes
    January 1, 1970
    DNF. GIVE ME BACK THE 10 MINUTES I WASTED READING THIS ATROCITY.Imagine wasting all those precious papers (224 PAGES!!!) just to write 50 words max on each side, compile them all together, and call it poetry. When writing something like this; don't call it POETRY. Call it writing a DIARY.This book taints the beautiful art of Poetry. It made me sad, and you should feel bad.
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  • H0ney_ruby
    January 1, 1970
    This book is not my cup of tea. I just....can't relate most of her writings.
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
  • Princess
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Lang Leav book. I just couldn’t resist the hype surrounding this author, and I thought it's about time to read her work. Big thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The book is an odd mixture of supposedly inspiring quotes, tips, poetry and short prose. It’s not as cohesive as I would have liked, the collection has a sort of disjointed feel to it. I did not connect with most of it and some are just plai This is my first Lang Leav book. I just couldn’t resist the hype surrounding this author, and I thought it's about time to read her work. Big thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The book is an odd mixture of supposedly inspiring quotes, tips, poetry and short prose. It’s not as cohesive as I would have liked, the collection has a sort of disjointed feel to it. I did not connect with most of it and some are just plain confusing and some are almost preachy (which I really hate).
It also felt deeply personal to the author, which is not so bad in itself but in this situation it feels like it creates a gap between the author and me as a reader. 
I'm still giving this a 3⭐️ rating because there are some gems within the collection. I did like the nostalgia of childhood and the love for mothers and the rare empowering statements. I can imagine how other people would like this more than I did.

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  • Hizatul Akmah
    January 1, 1970
    this collection is quite different than most of her other books because most of the poems focused on self-love and self-growth. at this point, i don't think her writings are my cups of tea at all but i totally get it why a lot of readers might enjoy them (to each of their own eh?)
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  • Vya
    January 1, 1970
    My first Lang Leav, and I must say I'm disappointed. This reads more like diary entries or a collection of personal thoughts. The problem is, they don't evoke any feeling nor rich in imagery. They are not deep, nor they trigger me into some deep contemplation. Most of them are flat and forgettable.Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a review copy.
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  • Heba (Bookaholic Throne)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Natgalley for sending to me an Arc of this beautifull book "You turn him into poetry because you can’t have hime any other way." The book was so emotional and touchable in some poems but there are some other poems that I didn’t feel them at all. Frankly, this was my first poetry read ever so the genre is still peculiar to me but I think this book was a great start for me as it was so easy to fly through . To see my whole review click here on my blog site link :https://hebabookaholic.w Thank you Natgalley for sending to me an Arc of this beautifull book "You turn him into poetry because you can’t have hime any other way." The book was so emotional and touchable in some poems but there are some other poems that I didn’t feel them at all. Frankly, this was my first poetry read ever so the genre is still peculiar to me but I think this book was a great start for me as it was so easy to fly through . To see my whole review click here on my blog site link :https://hebabookaholic.wordpress.com/...
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  • Kimmy
    January 1, 1970
    I was reluctant to read this e-copy of Lang Leav's work when I found it on NetGalley. I saw her works before due to the hype it has. Unfortunately I didn't liked it. Anyway, this collection of her poetry and prose gave me a new impression. It was nice and heart-warming. It softly touches my feelings about myself, my past and present relationships, the heartbreaks I had before, etc. It is nice enough not to make you angry or feel bitter about someone who've done you wrong, not to make you self-pi I was reluctant to read this e-copy of Lang Leav's work when I found it on NetGalley. I saw her works before due to the hype it has. Unfortunately I didn't liked it. Anyway, this collection of her poetry and prose gave me a new impression. It was nice and heart-warming. It softly touches my feelings about myself, my past and present relationships, the heartbreaks I had before, etc. It is nice enough not to make you angry or feel bitter about someone who've done you wrong, not to make you self-pity on your past, present & future decisions.I received a free e-copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing through NetGalley.
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  • Kirsten Tattersall
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review."It is your right to define love on your own terms."Lang Leav weaves emotion into every word of this collection. I felt on the verge of tears for a long, long time reading this book. This was exactly the kind of poetry I love so deeply, full of love and loss, and full of sweetness.This was my first Lang Leav book but it will not be my last.
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  • Zoë Gulliksen
    January 1, 1970
    Lang Levy has done it again. This mysterious power house of the written word has proven yet again that she is able to capture our minds and break our heart in just a few simple words. A must have for any book lover's collection.
  • Renee (The B-Roll)
    January 1, 1970
    I read my first Lang Leav book, Love and Misadventure a few years ago and fell so in love with her writing and thoughts.  I have no idea why it has taken me years to pick her work back up!  I was offered this book through NetGalley to read, so thank you so much to them and also to Andrews McMeel Publishing; you have both rekindled a spark for Lang Leav's poetry in me! Love Looks Pretty on You is a collection of poetry and prose, as the subtitle says, that deals with a plethora of topics.  It mos I read my first Lang Leav book, Love and Misadventure a few years ago and fell so in love with her writing and thoughts.  I have no idea why it has taken me years to pick her work back up!  I was offered this book through NetGalley to read, so thank you so much to them and also to Andrews McMeel Publishing; you have both rekindled a spark for Lang Leav's poetry in me! Love Looks Pretty on You is a collection of poetry and prose, as the subtitle says, that deals with a plethora of topics.  It most certainly has the feel of earlier collections of Leav's work.  I think the most pertinent tidbit about Leav's work is that it always tends to capture some of the rawest, most fleeting, and intense emotions of life and all the stuff that comes with love, longing, and heartbreak.  Her books are always very strong and this newest collection keeps up with that while adding a little more life and hope.  Specifically, this collection of work really celebrates women and current day problems that we face.  Leav does so in a poetic voice; she is able to weave beautiful pieces of writing that pack so much meaning.One thing that I specifically loved about this book was the variance between poetry and prose.  Even within each category or writing, the forms varied within.  Some prose was a letter format, some was a sentence.  Some poems were a page long, some rhymed, some very open free verse just lines long.  I adore how it goes back and forth between these different forms.  Leav really has a knack for feeling what she is writing and putting those words into the perfect form.  There are a ton of the smaller prose pieces that just stick with you because they are so short but potent.  I think reading these different forms mixed together keeps me as more of an active reader, especially when it comes to poetry and does make the emotions and feelings that saturate the works weigh me down.  I will say that I read this in several settings over a longer period just because I like to take my time and let things sink in and go back to what I really loved.For me, the varied forms made this entire collection so much more personal.  I feel like Leav is writing these poems and letters, and small snippets about life and love wisdom to herself to read later.  This feels like the book that I wanted to read when I was younger because it feels like a protective caring nurturer giving you advice and helping you through some tough stuff.  It is almost like a personal manifesto or a very open collection of wisdom.  Almost everything in this book is things that we all need to hear at some point in our lives.  The versatility and almost agelessness of this book make it a strong piece to read, as you can connect with it on so many levels through time.  There were pieces in here that I had wished I was able to read years ago and pieces that I am glad I read.  The piece titled "What He's Lost," hit on some big issues for me from the past year and just reading those words gave me immediate comfort and hope.  It was the note that I needed to find.Technically speaking, the index at the end is fantastic.  I usually don't review pieces of books like that, however; the index is very well done and not only lists poem titles but also major subjects and topics.  Readers can flip through to look for possible triggers, but also if you know you need something to read that relates to something she has written about, it is easy to get there.  The look and feel of this book are exceptionally aesthetically pleasing.  It uses a lot of white open space and blank pages.  Nothing feels cramped to rushed or busy.  It feels like each page is its own piece and the clean design and blank pages between enhances that, giving the reader time to contemplate before they are rushed off to the next.  I gave this book 5 stars because I have no reason not to.  There is nothing that I disliked, nothing that gave me problems, and no complaints about the pieces in general.  This is one of the best collections of work I have read this year and one that I will buy for the young women in my family for when they need it.
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  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    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. Review also found here at Booked J. 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 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. Review also found here at Booked J. 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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