Review: I Hope You Stay by Courtney Peppernell

Expected publication: March 3rd 2020

In the spirit of her bestselling series, Pillow Thoughts, Courtney Peppernell returns with a new, empowering collection of poetry and prose. From heartbreak to dreaming of and finding a new love to healing the heart to ultimately finding peace, the themes in this book are universal but also uniquely individual to readers.

Just as moving and endearing as Peppernell’s previous books, I Hope You Stay is a reminder of the resilience and hope needed after heartache and pain. The book is divided into five sections, with poems ranging from free verse to short form. These words are a light in the deepest hours of the night: Hold on. The sun is coming.   

I read Pillow Thoughts when it was first released and I really loved it. It was one of my favorite poetry books I’d read in a long time. I was really excited to pick up another book from Courtney Peppernell and while I really enjoyed this book as well, I didn’t love it as much as I expected. There’s so many beautiful poems in I Hope You Stay and I especially love the overall story it tells, but I felt like there was quite a few poems that didn’t match the quality of others, which was a little disappointing. I did really enjoy the otter illustrations throughout the book and I absolutely love the cover. Even though I didn’t love this as much as the author’s other work, I do plan on purchasing a physical copy for my poetry shelf.



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