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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Mirror Publishing (July 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612251439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612251431
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,942,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Maranda Russell (1982-?) was born in Muncie, Indiana, but now resides near Dayton, Ohio. She is an award-winning artist, author and poet who also happens to have Asperger's Syndrome (a type of high-functioning autism). She spends most of her time reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons, hanging out with her family, playing with her 6 cats, enjoying nature, browsing local bookstores and doing other fun, nerdy stuff.

To find out more about this author and her books, please visit her website, www.marandarussell.com.

Customer Reviews

I heartily recommend this fine collection.
Margaret L. Fieland
They were very touching and I felt very connected to the poems.
Nelson
I hope that everyone gets an opportunity to read her book!!
L.M. Young

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Giles on August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
With Maranda Russell's `Not Afraid to be Real', the idea of poetry as therapy and guidance comes alive. The poems in this collection are written for teenagers and young adults. They are aimed at helping them to face and deal with the feelings they will experience in daily life: the joys of love, the everyday turmoils, the loneliness of loss and death, the inspiration of creativity, and the fun of humour.

Russell achieves her goal, I feel, by fully opening herself to the reader. Her honesty and keen sense of self-observation serve to invite the reader to look also inward, to accept his or her feelings, and to pursue his or her desires. For example, in a poem entitled, `The Living Dead', she describes how people can seek to stifle a child's dreams, to turn the child away from pursuing its path. In another called `Lightning Bugs', she portrays how some relationships can tempt one to bask in the other person's light, rather than achieve one's own. In these and other poems the poet subtly encourages the reader to be true to himself or herself and to be `not afraid to be real'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Fieland on July 29, 2012
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Maranda Russel has a gift for stating an emotional premise and leading the reader, verse by verse, to the concise emotional conclusion, and the subjects of these poems -- from everyday struggles to love to death -- will surely speak to teens and adults alike. Russell's straightforward style make these poems easy to understand. I heartily recommend this fine collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nelson on July 15, 2013
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I loved every poem. They were very touching and I felt very connected to the poems. There is a sense of sadness to some poems that is on a deep level. And there are also uplifting poems to bring happiness to your spirit. Perfect for anybody. Particularly for those in a rough time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Butland on February 26, 2013
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I hesitate when reading poetry as you never know how complex or personal a poet may be with their work. I like poetry I get and Maranda Russell's collection proved to be that.

Broken into four sections I enjoyed every topic covered and quickly fell in love with some individual poems. I also appreciate the poets inclusion of humourous poems to end the collection. Each section is separated by a very appropriate picture which I also enjoyed.

We all of a history to tell and it seems Maranda has told the story of many and she was certainly not afraid to be real with these raw poems.

I will be recommending them to some artist friends and keeping it for myself for future escapes.

Thank you for reading,

Sarah Butland
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
very insightful into the soul of the poet. A sensitive caring person, showing a style of openess. I liked it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Boyer on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Not Afraid to Be Real ~ A Poetry Collection by Maranda Russell is a poetic chronology of the author's reflection on the different stages of life. She starts with love and daily living, and progresses through death and grief, before she emerges with hope and inspiration. She writes with an insight on life that many of us may not have considered. Then she adds a short chapter of miscellaneous poems that she describes as "funny, random or just plain weird".
When I first started reading Ms. Russell's poems, I thought, "How dark and gloomy." I was right about the first poems because she was writing about topics that should be cheerful and positive, including several of the ones about love, but I decided that Ms. Russell was writing about a subject that she could see as dark or positive. In her introduction, she declares that she writes for teens and young adults because they ""get" what I am trying to say". They do reflect the angst of the age group.

"I was never content
to catch the lightning bugs
and watch them glow
behind the glass;
I smashed them on the asphalt
and drew patterns
that shined briefly,
then faded away forever."

When I got to the later poems, the mood changed. By the time I got to the end, I found I was enjoying her take on life. Her poems become more positive and upbeat as she came to the end of the book.

I know I can be anything,
I know I will succeed.
Though doubt may spring up in my heart,
it's hope I choose to feed.

All ages will find something they can identify with in this small book of poems. Teens and young adults will relate to their current challenges. Older people will reflect back to what they felt at an earlier time and place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lioness Publishing House on August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
As I read Maranda Russell's poetry her words became an inspirational melody in my mind. Her words inspire, motivate, and captures your heart, mind, and soul. Her poetry is appropriate for young adults and it will also inspire the mature audience. Eat off her table of poetry, you are sure to leave full.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hugh on August 6, 2012
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"Not Afraid to be Real" by Maranda Russell is a delightful and surprising book. There are far too many writers who think they can tackle poetry, and most fail - not Maranda Russell.

Maranda's poetry speaks to common emotions and feelings in new and insightful ways. Her imagery was delightful!

"I was never content
to catch the lightning bugs
and watch them glow
behind the glass;
I smashed them on the asphalt
and drew patterns
that shined briefly,
then faded away forever."

Fabulous! This is a short, but very powerful book that I encourage you to read, and read again.

Eoghan Odinsson, Award Winning Author of Northern Wisdom
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