Review: Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at its Best

Leave this Song BehindTitle: Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at its Best
Editors: Stephanie H. Meyer, John Meyer, Adam Halwitz, Cindy W. Spertner
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, Poetry, Anthology
Format: eBook
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Published: April 2016
Pages: 177
Read: May 2016

the book

Leave This Song Behind, an anthology of poems written entirely by teens, is a celebration of impeccable writing and stunning teen expression. In its 27 years, Teen Ink has received nearly half a million poetry submissions. This book includes the best of the best.

Divided into seven chapters, Leave This Song Behind highlights specific poetic techniques including vivid imagery and sensory details; structure and form; narrative poems; and powerful use of metaphors and similes. The riveting language and accessible topics appeal to teens, teachers, parents, poets . . . and everyone in between.


Leave This Song Behind is an anthology of poems written by teens and featured in Teen Ink. First, I would like to mention how pretty the book cover is. Look… done? Okay. It’s much prettier in my phone’s e-reader, though. 😀

The book is divided into different sections, based on their forms and main themes. It’s nice to know that these poems are written by teens. Not your traditional poetry, but they are beautifully written and contain a lot of emotions and reflect the experiences of those who wrote them.

In the last part of the book, the authors talked about their experiences that led to the writing of their poems, as well as their inspirations. I think it’s better if these explanations were written right after the poems because the reader would probably have forgotten some of the poems by the time they reach the last pages. They would have to flip back to the page of the actual poems and that involves a lot of other unnecessary actions, especially when you’re reading with an e-reader and not an actual book. Hehe. Or maybe it is just me.

I don’t really know how to review a book of poetry, but overall, I definitely enjoyed most, and some really stuck with me. Here are some that I loved:

One Summer

Hey, it’s me.

I just wondered if you

(remembered jumping in puddles
in white socks and pressed cotton,
because it was the closest we
would come to touching the sky,
because we could feel it slipping
through our fingers,
and we knew the end before the

remembered grass-stained backs
and bemused sheep,
because fields are the home of lovers,
because the ground was fertile,
with a kiss that grew into something more
between the daisies and bracken,
but the skies were never in our

remembered silent lullabies
and microwaves popcorn,
because I was always hungry in
the mornings,
because I was always woken by the light
and you only knew the dark.
because fields grow barren in the winter.)

got my messages. I know how temperamental technology can be.

Shona Louisa Jackson

Don’t Fall in Love

Don’t fall in love with a girl who reads
she’ll overanalyze every word
and she’ll never understand why
people aren’t paperbacks
and she’ll write in your corners
search for a plot in your veins
and make a metaphor of your broken heart

don’t fall in love with a girl who reads
she’ll make notes in your margins
and skip to the good parts
she’ll bend your spine back
just a little too far
and when she’s sleepy
she’ll skim pages
always forgetting her place

don’t fall in love with a girl who reads
because she’ll fall in love with
last chapters and final words
and the ending will always be
her favorite part

Claire Podges

a preposterous poetical
proverb for practical people

when someone asks you
do you like my outfit

it is wise to say yes

to anyone not in your

immediate family

and even then

be cautious

Meredith Thomas




I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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