REVIEW: All the Lonely Hearts

44287399All the Lonely Hearts
by Ella Rye

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Has given me a reason
To breathe
A reason to be

It comes in many forms. One of those can be music. Be it the melody, or the story it’s trying to tell.

All the Lonely Hearts is an exploration of inspiration. Be it the melody, the story, or even a word. Ella Rye brings these two worlds crashing together. Each poem is inspired by a song.

All the Lonely Hearts is a collection of Free Verse Poetry.


* An e-copy of this book was given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I’ve been reading poetry lately and the idea of poetry being inspired by music (which is somewhat already poetry, if you think about it) was different, unheard of and it really interests me!

All the Lonely Hearts started with a playlist, which I felt should’ve come with a description. Was it what inspired the poems? If so, wouldn’t it be great if there was a link to a Spotify, 8Track or Youtube playlist so the readers can read the poem and be accompanied by the music that inspired it rather than to just search it up themselves or not bother? Just my two cents. [EDIT: There is a playlist on Spotify! Here’s the link!]

I roll my eyes and sigh at the idea of being so lovesick and in love. It’s definitely not my thing since currently, I’m more focused on other things than that. Hence, the first few poems were difficult to get into since this is, after all, All the Lonely Hearts. However, I realise that although I feel this way, loneliness and loving are feelings. And feelings aren’t easily controlled. Hence, with this view, I continued reading and the more I read it, the more I was able to appreciate it.

There were 70 poems altogether, 13 poems that I loved, many that had beautiful writing and a handful that I related to. Love + Heartbreak was the one where I read and felt, “Wow, that’s kinda how I think” whereas “I Can Breathe” was one where I remember reading it and admiring the way the words flowed.

I’d be lying if I didn’t mention anything about the cover since that was what caught my attention in the first place. I love the brush techniques, colours and how detailed the art is.

Overall, though the idea of being lonely because of love makes me cringe, I really liked this!




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