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You Are Here

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You Are Here was my first book by Dawn Lanuza and well it was good. This collection deals with love and vulnerability. It talks about accepting who you are and getting used to the whole idea of adulting.

Majority of the poems are written are well and are heartfelt. But i wasn't able to relate every one of them. There are people who would enjoy this collection more than I did. Nevertheless it was a good collection to about self-reflection.
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I couldn't really get into this when I was trying to read it. The poems just didn't appeal to me personally.
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3.75 Stars (I received an e-arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review)

I really enjoyed the collection, this was my first time reading this author's work. Coming of age, beautiful yet simple writing style and kept my attention. Also the cover is perfect, one of my favourites, poetry collection cover can be hit or miss but I would love to have this on my bookshelf.
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Maybe one in every 20 "poems" is any good. As another reviewer pointedly said, writing common words with no flow and random spaces does not make it poetry.
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You Are Here is a well structured, artfully woven, heartfelt poetry collection that is melancholic and relatable.  The majority of the poems presented in this collection are about relationships, vulnerability, love, and self-reflection.  

The prose and poems in this collection were beautiful, and I found myself relating to several of them.  I felt as if some of them were written specifically for me, as I easily related to them.

There are a lot of notable poems in this collection, and I feel that many readers will be able to find words and passages in this book that will mean something to them, and that they will take to heart, just as I have.
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This book is like the expanded version of This is How It Starts since some of the poems there appeared in this book. I loved reading this!
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I loved this book. this collection had cute and short and sweet poems. I love Lanuza's work and this was no disappointment
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This was a great read. It was very inspiring and I am thankful for the advanced copy via NetGalley. I recommend this book. I look forward to more reads like this.
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This is a poetry collection by Filipina author, Dawn Lanuza. I was very excited, I have heard so many good things about the author… sadly, the style didn’t work as I hoped. These are very deeply emotional and personal poems, but I just felt meh about it. I’m not sure what exactly is that didn’t work for me? I appreciate them for the care, heartbreak, and hope between these pages. Recommended.
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I dnfed this, I tried reading it but I couldn't get into You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza. I think if I would have kept reading I would have been put into a reading slump.
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This is a gorgeous collection of poetry and your idea of self.  I love how this poetry is almost like a love letter or invitation to yourself and to learn who you are and your worth in the place that you are now.  I highly recommend this collection to everyone!
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** An ARC is generously provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **

1.5 Stars

Disclaimer: The biggest reason for me not liking this book, was personal preference. This is the second book I've read from this author and I unfortunately haven't liked either of them.

The book is advertised as a book that will leave you feeling empowered, something it did not deliver on for me. In the back of the book, the author says it's about giving oneself a second chance for a second love. I definitely feel like this book focuses on relationships. If the book had been marketed as a relationship type book, which I feel is more appropriate, I would not have picked it up.

The first issue I had was that it felt very unorganised. There would be a poem that made me sad, then one that made me happy, then another sad one. It felt very "all over the place", and it made it hard to get that emotional immersion into the book. I think it would have been better to have it separated by parts.  

The poems in general felt like something I had read before. It didn't bring anything new to the table. 

I didn't care for the writing. It felt like the focus was on how everyone else is thinking and changing them, not so much about changing your own ways. I got the impression that some of the poems had the "love fixes everything" view. In one of the poems, the author writes: "Oh, how my life lacked color until you came with cans of paint and splashed it all over". I don't have anything against that sentence itself, but when the book is supposed to make you feel empowered, this just doesn't do that. She also writes in another poem "I require able hands". I might be misinterpreting, but I feel like it indicates needing other people, which again, doesn't have that empowerment feel to it. 

I will end my review on a happy note and mentioned the things I did like about this book. I really enjoyed the poems Stop Over and The Art of Eating Alone. I interpreted Stop Over as if it was about depression and that was something I could relate to. The Art of Eating Alone focused on learning to enjoy your own company by starting with little things. 

I do think that if you have liked this authors other work, you might enjoy this as well. If you have been through a break up and is starting to allow yourself to fall in love again, you might enjoy this book.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this collection of poems. This book did a great job of talking about difficult topics like heartbreak. I think this book would be perfect for someone who is going through a rough time, it gives a good perspective to look towards the future. Reminding the reader that they can make their future and their life whatever they want it to be. Their lives belong to themselves, not to anyone else.
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You Are Here is a poetry collection about relationships, love, vulnerability and self-reflection. Majority of the poems are well-structed, melancholic and heartfelt.
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I would like to thank the publisher for giving me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed reading this!
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For me, this book is actually 3.5 stars.

The first thing that drew me into this book was the cover. It’s just so cute and simple.
You Are Here is a collection of contemporary poetry that explores self-love, relationships and the fragility of life. 
There are a lot of relatable poems included in this collection, it tackles more on the impact of society on one’s mental health, physical pain, peer pressure and the standards set out for us to believe in. The majority of the poems are melancholic, heartfelt and well written.
Be prepared to read short poems that give you an emotional punch and leave you thinking for a while.

Being strapped in a roller coaster of your emotions
and you just want to get out
but your seat belt's tucked tight
and the ride just won't stop.
(from "roller coaster")

It can be heartwarming at one moment and heartbreaking the next, so be ready to enter a roller coaster of emotions. As the title promises, the reader is compelled to look at oneself, and recognize where you are right now in your life. It reminds us that we should all learn to love and accept ourselves during our own journeys, no matter where we intend to go. 

Her poems are all easy to read and understand. I would it recommend to anyone that’s looking for a new voice in poetry.

Special thanks to Dawn Lanuza, Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed reading this, it felt heartwarming and like something I could read when I need a pick me up.
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You’ll find a poem collection featuring a variety of feelings and subjects including love, joy, loss, uncertainty, relationships, fear, hope and much more. The focus is on the words. It is well written, but I would say many, or at least some, of the poems might be for older individuals. Why? There are some difficult subject matters brought forth such as mental health items. These poems were obviously from the heart, thought provoking and to some may be helpful to read. Yet, I wanted to mention content elements so readers are not surprised. I would say this is a message book helping inspire as well as healing for some. Perhaps, whatever the reader is feeling they may benefit in some way from what they read as I feel that’s some sort of the goal of this book — relating and helping others.
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Dawn Lanuza does it again! I really enjoyed reading this beautiful collection of perfectly written anecdotes! Though I do prefer her previous work, the poem titled “the museum of unfinished things” made me pause. And I read that page again.  And again. And again. 

Thank you Dawn Lanuza, and thank you Netgalley for this eARC.
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I thought the poems were beautifully written. I could relate to a lot of the poems. I really enjoyed this poetry book.
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