I have always been a fan of the format of Alicia Cook’s books. However, I had never come around to read one of her books. In August, I finally read Cook’s newest book: Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back.
What is it about?
“Sorry I haven’t texted you back, (I’ve been so anxious and depressed) I haven’t had time to catch my breath, you know how life gets!”
Returning to the form of Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately, Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back is a poetic mixtape dedicated to those who struggle or have struggled with their mental health. Divided into two parts, “Side A” holds 92 poems, titled as “tracks,” and “Side B” holds the “remixes,” or blackout-poetry versions, of those 92 poems. The book includes the evergreen themes of love, grief, and hope. Named after Cook’s viral Instagram poem, Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back lands in the crossroads of self-help and poetry.
What did I think of it?
I had never read a poetry book by Alicia Cook before, and now I wonder why. I absolutely love the concept of this book, and love the execution of it.
The poems are all very wonderful, I bookmarked so much of them. I think my favorite part of the book was side B of the ‘tapes’, but I actually just loved the whole book.
I’m also a big fan of the ‘Currently listening to ….’ notes on the end of each page, I made a playlist with these songs which I listened to while reading the book. I think these songs really add to the book and give the poems more depth.
Last but not least, I think it’s very good that a trigger warning is shown at the beginning of the book. I think every author should do this.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.