Book Review | Broken to Beautiful

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Broken to Beautiful is a collection of poetry by author Sarah M. Rearigh about the pain of heartbreak and the path to healing. Although I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting her, the poetry she writes is quite relatable, with some gems hidden throughout.

Overall, the structure of the book is pleasing. She lets the words speak for themselves with no distracting images or “word art”. There were some spelling errors, but I did not let them ruin my experience of the book. My favorite poem just happens to be the same poem she lists as her favorite as well! Happy Place paints a beautiful portrait of a fire lit summer night, with insects singing and flames crackling, as you spend those special hours with someone you love. Break ups can be the most painful things, but being able to move on and experience these magical moments is what life is all about. If you are in this difficult situation, here are some tips on how to move on after a difficult breakup.

As she is a friend of Taurus, we began communicating through social media about writing, and I asked her a few questions about her passion. I always love connecting with a fellow writer! Her answers to these questions can be found below.


Who has been your biggest inspiration in the writing world?

I had become friends with a girl who had guided me towards poetry, as I was going through the break-up. She had shared her writings with me, and encouraged me to write, as well as read some of the poets she recommended. Since then, she still inspires me to write, along with Robert. Some of the most inspiring writers that I’ve read over the years would include: Charles Bukowski, Andrea Gibson, Michael Faudet, Marisa Crane, Robert M Drake, Sylvia Plath, and many others. I’m always looking for new poetry to read.

How long have you been writing?

I had briefly gotten into it when I was in junior high, but quickly lost interest. I got back into poetry in the Spring of 2015. I’ve been writing since then.

Where do you find your inspiration to write?

In the beginning most of my inspiration came from the pain and heartbreak of leaving my boyfriend of 4 years. It had taken a lot to get to the point that I left, and I used that to write. I still use the experiences from him to wrote, but I also use current experiences to write. Any time something happens, good, bad, emotional, whatever I try and write something about it.

What is your favorite poem that you have written?

Happy Place on page 125. I remember writing this one summer evening, as I sat outside waiting for Bob to get the fire roaring.

What words of encouragement or advice do you have for others interested in writing?

Just keep writing. Don’t give up, even if you don’t think it’s good. It comes with practices. Write and read as much as you can.

What is your favorite book?

This is a hard question that I can never seem to answer. Ellen Hopkins is my favorite author, so I could easily list one of her books. Poetry wise, there are so many beautiful collections out there. As of right now, my favorite is Winter of Summers by Michael Faudet.


I am excited to read more of Sarah’s work, and I am sure her technique and structure will only get better with time! Her poetry is filled with real emotion that many can relate to. Congratulations, Sarah, on turning that pain into something beautiful. It really is a story of Broken to Beautiful.

Thanks for reading, friends! Are you a writer? What are your favorite subjects to write about? Would you like to be featured in a book review post here on my blog? Leave a link to your work down below!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Kat

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