Side Steps Terrorizing Sound Bites

Poetry - General
188 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2020
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Author Biography

Amy Jean is a dreamer, a poet, a mother, and a writer with a story to share.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Side Steps: Terrorizing Sound Bites is a volume of collected poetry on a variety of personal and socio-cultural themes and was penned by author Amy Jean. Written for adult audiences due to some content and language usage, the work explores the experience of women still living in a male-dominated society and still falling victim to traditionalism and the overlooking and automatic thoughts which keep us chained. The work includes rhythmic works of personal experience of the author as well as wider-reaching thematic works that protest against the system and encourage readers to open their eyes to true history beyond automatic thinking and censorship.

Author Amy Jean comes together with illustrator Eric Savage to create an artistic masterpiece that is both personal and progressive. These 33 illustrated verses explore the experience of playing the role of a woman, and what is expected in that role as the author undergoes trauma and relates her played-out experience to the reality of actually living an authentic life. The wordplay is spectacular and highly emotive, and the layout of the work itself makes for a visual and audible feast as the images perfectly match the poetic content. Accessible to all readers no matter if they have experience with poetry or not, the author reaches into the soul of her readership and speaks the truth. A particular and relatable favorite of mine was ‘I Hate Everything I Loved’. Overall, I would highly recommend Side Steps: Terrorizing Sound Bites to poetry fans and newcomers alike for its frank honesty, powerfully emotive language, and overall reading experience.

Tiffany Ferrell

In this series of poems written by Amy Jean, Side Steps Terrorizing Sound Bites, we are introduced to her life and the various emotions and feelings during each part. Showing the harsh reality of a life that isn’t lived humanly but played as though it were a game or fantasy, we follow the author as she recalls painful moments in her life. In a very feminist work of art, Jean also reveals to us what it is like to be a woman living in a world that is essentially ruled and dominated by man.

It’s been a while since I have picked up a poetry book, and I must say that Amy Jean’s Side Steps Terrorizing Sound Bites certainly did not disappoint. The poems start off with different subject matters, but they all scream for a need to break free from the system and conformity of a married woman’s life. I interpreted many of the poems as mentioning or describing betrayal from a spouse or significant other and how unfair it seems that this is the norm for males. There’s a lot of heartbreak and moments of regret that I can relate to and it felt very empowering to read. It was an easy read with the poems flowing perfectly into one another. The feminist undertone of the whole collection was something I enjoyed. The author questioned the way things were instead of writing them off as the way things are. Overall. I think Amy Jean wrote a very personal and empowering poetry book that I really enjoyed. I would love to read more of her work someday soon.

Rabia Tanveer

Side Steps Terrorizing Sound Bites by Amy Jean is a collection of 33 poems and accompanying art that will take your breath away. The author shares rhythmic and almost lyrical pieces of poetry that speak about the struggles of women (or anyone who wants to be recognized) in this society. In this collection, the reader will face some bitter truths and some hard realities. However, they will also find hope as well as motivation to do what they want and excel at it. Some poems are wildly intense, while others will soothe your soul. The perfect companion for a thoughtful mind, Side Steps Terrorizing Sound Bites is a collection that will make you reflect, think more, and want to do more.

Side Steps Terrorizing Sound Bites by Amy Jean is a collection of simple yet very powerful poetry. I cannot help but feel a connection with every word the author has written. From the self-reflective “Never Be” to empowering “Sharp Edges,” this collection has everything you need to understand your life, reflect on what you have, and motivate yourself to do better. My absolute favorite is “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” because I think Amy Jean encompassed everything in this one. The illustrations accompanying each poem drive the idea home and make it more impactful. The rhythm is simple, easy to catch, and very enjoyable. The simplicity of her words makes her poems relatable and believable. Amy Jean has done an incredible job at showcasing emotions, bringing anger and desperation through her words, and yet bringing hope to the reader as each poem ends.