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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Step Back by Amy Jean is an engaging and insightful compilation of poetry and prose that is profound and thought-provoking and will encourage readers to reflect on the vagaries, nuances, complexities, and fragilities that life throws at them. The poet/author recollects the places she has been, the things she has done, where she excelled and where she failed, the joy she felt, and the joy she gave to others as she tries to discover life. Every poem, every prose piece, deals with diverse emotions, enhanced by photos and illustrations that make the connection palpable and relatable to readers.
I immensely enjoyed Amy Jean's way of tackling her emotions. The fine combination of poetry, prose, and images in this memoir will leave readers thinking about their emotions and life in general. The poems that are written for her sons, 'A Sacred Love' and 'Love Celebrations,' express the idea of love and the connection of two souls in an achingly beautiful way. The sections Love, Weight, Face, Truth, Time, Lessons, Fantacity, Dreams, and Fabric have excellent thoughts and input from the author that will make readers look at the profundities of those emotions and analyze them without being too harsh and judgmental. There are many other poems that fall under different sections to reveal the author's mind and thoughts, and the emotional cage she lived in. Her observations on true love are relatable, and readers also learn about her love for pets. I found A Step Back refreshingly different and the author's honesty and perception of various emotions are worth mentioning.