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Book Review: New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood

Olivia Gatwood is a poet and activist whose work both on the page and on stage empowers women to fight back. Her first anthology is an ode to teenage girlhood and growing up.

A friend bought this for me last Christmas but I didn’t pick it up until this weekend. For such a small collection it hit me like a tonne of bricks. I’m long out of my teens so this a bit of a nostalgic read for me and it made me reflect on the experiences and opinions I had as a teenager. It’s beautiful and angry and sad and everything in between. It looks at the mundanity of womanhood, and the taboo. There were so many moments that made me stop and think, ‘I know exactly how that feels’. It’s possibly my favourite poetry collection, ever. I can’t wait for Gatwood’s full length collection.

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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