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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.