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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
After The Absolute: A Poetic Love Story by Haley Belinda follows the emotions of the main character’s love life. Annie and Sammy’s marriage begins as a beautiful union. Their marriage lasts for years but it comes to an end when what was once a blissful relationship begins to go wrong. Arguments emerge and a love triangle ensues. What follows is a trail of pain and tears as Annie recounts the moments they shared. Annie soon falls in love again. The passion and chemistry are undeniable but will the relationship be what she has always longed for? The narrative poems follow Annie’s experiences as she falls in love, suffers loss and grief, and grows from the experiences of her past.
The poems in After The Absolute by Haley Belinda chronicle Annie’s life through different seasons, including times of joy and pain. They capture Annie’s emotions through it all, providing a conclusive picture of each scene. The storyline is suspenseful as each relationship takes an unexpected turn. In the beginning, what starts as a wonderful marriage later disintegrates. The collection is inspiring as Annie learns and grows from each experience and deepens her love for herself. The end rhymes utilized in the poems create musicality so that the poems can be read aloud. The questions in the collection help to recount and ponder on scenes that appear in the poems. Repetition is also used to emphasize specific messages. Haley Belinda’s After The Absolute contains engaging poems that explore specific scenes in the main character’s life.