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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
White Wine and Medical Marijuana, by Julia Cirignano, is a bittersweet compilation of poems that describe the pain of being in love. Each poem is like a brutal wake-up call to anyone who has ever been in love. From being forgotten to watching a womanizer using girls only for his pleasure, each phrase delves into the mindset of what it’s like to fall out of love, to lose the person you care about, or to wish you’ve never been in love at all. Cirignano reverses that old fairytale-like mindset of what love will always be, illustrating the shattered remnants of what love once was.
One poem that particularly touched me was “It’s Not Funny.” I’ve met a lot of guys like that, the ones who believe they could do anything they wanted with the women they see, as if they were nothing more than toys to them. But even so, the women still have to toughen up, laugh it off as if it doesn’t bother them. It makes me wonder why those women allow men to treat them so badly, but then I realized it to be just one of the ways in which false love can take form. Even so, some of the other poems did bring a smile to my face. They were funny enough to remind the reader of what it felt like to fall in love in the beginning, before reality happened.
The title alone describes how love is, how we tend to rely on drugs such as white wine and medical marijuana to get us through the pain. But even then, we still have to carry on with our lives, with the naive thought that love will always watch us from the corners of our minds. It’s that aspect that I loved the most. Cirignano describes the initial feelings of falling in love, but she also describes the harsh culminations of it, as well as the emotions that come with it. The title also designates love as a drug, that though we may get high from it, we always end up crashing down. As such, I would recommend this book to fans of Hush by Nicole Lyons and The Words Between Us by C.J. Blaise.