Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Review: The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder by Emmanuella Hristova

The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder by Emmanuella Hristova

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis:  It is a short collection of poems that explores a tumultuous year of love, heartbreak and unimaginable loss. It documents the birth and death of a relationship, and the death of my sister. Each poem is an emotional time-stamp that plunges the reader into the depths of my feelings as they burgeon and wane. The book reads like a diary and chronicles the boundaries of the things that we all feel: passion, heartache, and pain that gives way to hope. 

Want to feel the raw intensity of a woman trying to find herself through the throngs of trauma, passion, and suffering, then this book is for you. Emmanuella Hristova pens gut-wrenching poems in the style of entries in a journal to allow the readers into her world. When she sent an email asking if I wanted to read it I was a bit hesitant, I mean I studied prose mostly but I said sure why not?  It did help a bit that her nickname is my daughter's nickname Emmy. Yet it wasn't the sheer coincidence that happened it was the work that sucked me in. It was as if I was peeking through a stained glass window that was covered in agony and light. You're automatically pulled into this work and you want the voice to find her way to happiness, to escape the hands of the men who harmed her and the grief she experiences with the death of a family member. 

However, the work is not just detailing trauma and suffering, you get poems that remind yourself of when you first fall in love. These reminded me of any relationship I  have been, the honeymoon stage, where every new thing is wonderful and what could go wrong? Well, Emmanuella eventually takes off those rose-colored glasses and shows you. I enjoyed reading this work, and it was not a long read which is great for a person like who doesn't read poetry often. I give this book a 4.5-star rating and hope that others enjoy this piece as well. 

Emmanuella thank you for writing such an intimate revealing piece of work and allowing me to peek inside your world. 

 I recommend this book for any reader of poetry, heartbreak, and growth. 

The book can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble