Depression & Other Magic Tricks, by Sabrina Benaim

I hadn’t read a poetry collection in quite some time and, boy, am I glad I did. Benaim’s debut poetry collection showcases her talent and her authenticity, making her an author to watch out for. She has a very unique, distinguishable voice, one she’s not afraid to use.

Her poetry is all about mental health, family, and love. At least that’s what the summary of the book promises; if I’m being honest I saw a book that was a bit more focused on romance, unrequited love, heartbreak, and loneliness. The collection is not as powerful as it promises to be, but still it has lots of potential; Benaim’s talent and honesty are undeniably there and I expect to see a lot more in the future.

As far as the poems themselves go, I have to say I was not overly impressed. Sure, there were some of them that I really enjoyed or related to, even some particular quotes that I expect will stay with me for a long time, but overall their themes and structure weren’t groundbreaking. It’s good poetry but not excellent poetry is all I’m trying to say. Still, it’s a book I am glad to have read and one I strongly recommend.

**An ARC was provided via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review**


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