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this boy is a constellation Kindle Edition
Illustrated throughout, this boy is a constellation is a brazenly honest and achingly relatable collection that speaks to the struggles of young people today. From depression, anxiety, and body image to sexuality, self-love, and empowerment, these poems are not just about overcoming how others see you, but how you see yourself.
Divided into four chapters, this is a boy’s journey across the stars – from lonely wanderer to discovering stardust within and dancing his own constellation. Perfect for fans of Nikita Gill, Trista Mateer, Amanda Lovelace, Rupi Kaur, Courtney Peppernell, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera.
What readers say about Sam Payne:
★★★★★ 'I challenge anybody to read these poems without also being moved.' - Caitlin Conlon, author of Cavity
★★★★★ 'Heartwarming in so many ways... This is a must-read for every poetry enthusiast.' - Aditya Tiwari, author of April is Lush
★★★★★ 'Nothing less than a well-crafted masterpiece.' - A.B. Cofer, author of Not Enough, Just Enough
★★★★★ 'This collection is perfect for anyone looking for guidance in love and in themselves.' - Zane Frederick, author of he(art)
★★★★★ 'Unique and creative, with blackout poems and beautiful illustrations throughout.' - Sabrina Laura, author of Moonflower
- ASIN : B081BBYHM9
- Publication date : January 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 16101 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 115 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,027 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Let me back up a bit before I launch head-first into how much I love this book.
First, I am so hooked on all the illustrations in! They’re well-done, relevant to the poems, and just pleasing to look at!
Second, I love the title—“this boy is a constellation”! I’m a lover of all things galaxy, night, forest, and wolf-related so these kind of things always make me excited.
This book also sets itself apart from other galaxy or night-themed poetry books I’ve read because it also incorporates other aspects of nature. I think these elements help give the book its own voice, as if the book itself is two separate entities in one—the poems and the way nature speaks to a person.
As for the poems themselves, I was smiling like an idiot through the whole book. Even if they were sad poems, I couldn’t help but smile at how they were written. Each poem has such a shine like they’ve been polished to more clearly display the raw emotions and deep thoughts of both body and soul.
This book is indeed a journey and Sam’s way of speaking through his poems makes them feel as if they were written not only for himself but for the person reading his work. There is such purpose in each piece that provides a lesson, encourages a thought, or inspires the recollection of a memory.
“this boy is a constellation” left my heart suspended in the beauty of the creative world of poetry yet reminded my feet to stay planted in self-awareness and self-worth.
I highly recommend this to anyone who may be struggling with their identity, letting go of a toxic relationship/heartbreak, learning to love yourself, discovering what makes you unique, etc.
I believe art is all-encompassing, and Sam does a great job of combining beautiful illustration with engaging metaphors and thought-provoking imagery all wrapped up in a tight bow.
Sam describes a journey of love, self-love, heartache, and everything that lies in between. I found myself completely enthralled and captivated the entire time. This book is not stagnant. It is ever-flowing and ever-changing and you’re truly taken on an emotional trip with the narrator.
I highly recommend adding this book to your poetry collection. You won’t regret reading this boy is a constellation.
On first impressions, this book comes across as a lovely and starlit journey, and it holds up that impression until the very last page. I adore the names for the sections, especially 'with a pocket full of stardust'.
This book is filled with incredible amounts of creativity; from illustrations, blackout poetry, and of course, Sam's words. I believe that the illustrations and the pages of art are the book's strong asset. I've never seen such fun experimentation with words.
In my opinion, some of the poems reflected the same subjects and became somewhat repetitive. There were also one or two spelling errors. However, I personally love Sam's list poetry. He is an expert with that form.
This book features love, loss, and poignant and vulnerable talks about mental health, psychical appearance, society's views on those topics, as well as the LGBTQIA+ identity. His voice is powerful, important, and, like with his previous book 'this boy is a rainbow', will help those who read it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Sam's work.
My favourite poems from the book are 'reunion' on page 20, and 'i sing the harmonies' on page 78.