Life of the Party

Life of the Party

i'm a good girl, bad girl, sad girl, dream girlgirl next door sunbathing in the drivewayi wanna be them all at once, i wanna be all the girls i've ever lovedLauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood is a thrilling new voice in contemporary feminist poetry. In Life of the Party, she/>i/>girl...

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Life of the Party Reviews

  • Kaitlyn

    This was one of the best books of poetry I have ever read. It was a brilliant exploration of society's fascination with murder and the stories of victims, as well as being part memoir. I want everyone to read this.

  • Emily

    This is the book that Dead Girls wanted to be, but much more powerful.

  • Misian Taylor

    I loved this book. I've read, pfft, hundreds of books of poetry in this blessed lil life and none of them made me feel riotously proud to have been a teenage girl. In the book, Gatwood is working through the rational terror of having a body the world thinks is theirs. These poems mirrored, validated, explored, and transformed so much anxiety and fear I have felt -- as a tomboy kid, a teenage girl, and as a genderqueer adult working through persistent internalized femmephobia. I identify as gnc a

    I loved this book. I've read, pfft, hundreds of books of poetry in this blessed lil life and none of them made me feel riotously proud to have been a teenage girl. In the book, Gatwood is working through the rational terror of having a body the world thinks is theirs. These poems mirrored, validated, explored, and transformed so much anxiety and fear I have felt -- as a tomboy kid, a teenage girl, and as a genderqueer adult working through persistent internalized femmephobia. I identify as gnc and am excited to hand-sell this to anyone who has ever been any kind of girl in this world.

    The book gains more and more focus, revving its engines all 147 pages so the girl-notquitegirl-femmeperson in the dark knows there's a gang in the dark not to save her but to witness her saving herself. It is apparent these poems were crafted with much love for anyone who has been or will be feminine or womxn or girl or femme or soft or betrayed.

    Lastly, reading these poems it occurred to my body that I might feel something other than shame. My brain knows this, has known it, but it takes time for the body to know. These poems spoke directly to my body. Afterward I felt strong for having been through what this world does to people it thinks are girls. And I felt powerful.

  • Rachel Elizabeth

    I think I waited an eternity for this book to be released, and it was so worth it. Gatwood clearly masters translating true crime and fear to poetry, while revealing the intimate nature of girlhood and obsession.

    Highly recommend this book, or her previous collection.

  • Hana  (Lady Bibliotaph)

    -My grandmother asks why I don't trust men

    This collection, inspired by True Crime, and part memoir, made me feel

    many different things.

    I honestly and truly enjoyed every single poem in this book. I loved how she sometimes changed up the format of her poems, rather than having them each be the same formula. It kept it interesting.

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    -My grandmother asks why I don't trust men

    This collection, inspired by True Crime, and part memoir, made me feel

    many different things.

    I honestly and truly enjoyed every single poem in this book. I loved how she sometimes changed up the format of her poems, rather than having them each be the same formula. It kept it interesting.

    Not only was it a subject matter that I could relate to, the feminism piece really tied it together for me, making me feel absolutely powerful as a woman.

    Detailing her most intimate experiences growing up as a woman, dealing with misogyny, sexuality, self-acceptance, and the all

    fear of being murdered, It's hard not to relate, and be inspired by Olivia's candid honesty.

    Some poems made my heart ache so bad I had to stop reading, briefly, before I soon picked it up again.

    This collection is so incredibly well done, and I will surely be buying a physical copy when it gets released in August.

    My rating : ★★★★★ (5 stars)

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    Amazing phenomenal i might read it again

    //Rtc

  • Bree Hill

    "how can I talk about my grandmother without also mentioning that if everyone is a teen girl, then so are the birds, their soaring cliques, their squawking throats, and the sea, of course, the sea, its moody push and pull, the way we drill into it, fill it with our trash, take and take and take from it and still it holds up each time we walk into it. "

    Five heartbreakingly beautiful stars. This collection of poetry is hauntingly stunning. A well crafted cautionary tale from a poetess

    "how can I talk about my grandmother without also mentioning that if everyone is a teen girl, then so are the birds, their soaring cliques, their squawking throats, and the sea, of course, the sea, its moody push and pull, the way we drill into it, fill it with our trash, take and take and take from it and still it holds up each time we walk into it. "

    Five heartbreakingly beautiful stars. This collection of poetry is hauntingly stunning. A well crafted cautionary tale from a poetess that is a complete force to be reckoned with. I loved the very beginning where the author discusses the rabbit hole of true crime she found herself falling down and how she asked herself what role do poets play in true crime against young girls and women. She goes on to write this frightening collection of poetry that I couldnt get enough of. Well done Gatwood. I can't wait to hold a physical copy of this gem to revisit over and over again.

  • Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)

    “Life of The Party”

    Written by Olivia Gatwood

    Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

    I’ve found it. A fantastic book of poetry that hit every expectation, that I found relatable, and that I found to be interesting and especially thought-provoking. Olivia Gatwood’s poetry is very feministic, showing the darker sides of being a woman and / or a female in today’s world. This poetry felt very realistic and absolutely challenged many of my conservative opinions. I also felt that Gatwood has a

    “Life of The Party”

    Written by Olivia Gatwood

    Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

    I’ve found it. A fantastic book of poetry that hit every expectation, that I found relatable, and that I found to be interesting and especially thought-provoking. Olivia Gatwood’s poetry is very feministic, showing the darker sides of being a woman and / or a female in today’s world. This poetry felt very realistic and absolutely challenged many of my conservative opinions. I also felt that Gatwood has a way of explaining something poetically, without stripping away the darker side of the content. Often, I read modern poetry that makes light of more serious topics by making the words sound lyrical and pretty. For example, Rupi Kaur is a very popular, feministic, modern poet who uses personification, allusions, similes, and metaphors to explain the harsher sides of abuse, mental disorder, and sex. In addition, Amanda Lovelace’s poetry is similar. Contrastingly, Gatwood uses realistic language and does not use literary devices often. Her harsh, honest poetry is refreshing and absolutely horrifying.

    Additionally, Gatwood offers a very insightful foreword. She discusses how she has experienced and known of experiences that have occurred by men to women she knew. She speaks of violence with wisdom and solemnity. I find that poetry feels more meaningful, when drawn from experience. Olivia Gatwood’s poetry speaks about many important topics, such as, abuse, rape, sex, and murder. How men and women treat women. She discusses how it can be to grow up from childhood into adolescence and how that can change how men act. Her poems sometimes are inspired by true crimes, especially ones involving serial killers and murders, but they do not feel exploitative of the crimes and victims. They feel apologetic and sympathetic, rather than manipulative.

    My favorite poems from her collection are:

    “Girl”

    “First Grade, 1998”

    “The Sandias, 2008”

    “Staying Small”

    “When I Say That We Are All Teen Girls”

    “Mans/laughter”

    “The Lover as a Tapeworm”

    “Sound Bites as We Ponder Death”

    “She Lit Up Every Room She Walked Into”

    “Ode to the Unpaid Electricity Bill”

    In conclusion, I have absolutely found a new favorite modern poet. I always find myself struggling to enjoy the whole extent of a modern poetry collection, but I absolutely loved this one. I plan to read as much of Olivia Gatwood’s poetry as possible.

    I received an advance review edition of this book through Netgalley in exchange for reading and reviewing purposes. Additionally, thank you to Dial Press.

  • Rachel León

    SO GOOD.

  • Gabby

    I’ve read some poetry over the years and I’ve discovered some of it works for me and some of it doesn’t.

    , I appreciated the message, but I feel like a lot of it went over my head to be honest, most of the poems left me feeling confused instead of inspired. All these poems are about violence against women and true crime stories, and some of them were very dark and unsettling. I really liked the first poem, but that’s about it. These poems feel mo

    I’ve read some poetry over the years and I’ve discovered some of it works for me and some of it doesn’t.

    , I appreciated the message, but I feel like a lot of it went over my head to be honest, most of the poems left me feeling confused instead of inspired. All these poems are about violence against women and true crime stories, and some of them were very dark and unsettling. I really liked the first poem, but that’s about it. These poems feel more like a stream of consciousness and thoughts, as opposed to actual poems, I guess I just prefer a more conventional style of poetry.

    This might be more of a “it’s not you, it’s me” situation, but poetry is very subjective and I found this collection to be just okay.

  • Janine

    An excellent concept with some notable poems. Unfortunately, it felt under-edited and unfinished. Some of the poems in here didn’t feel like they belonged or were just weaker than the rest (I Always Want to Make My Poems Timeless and Ode to my Bitch Face). Also there was some weird essentializing of girlhood.

    3.5/5 stars

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