I had the privilege of receiving an advanced reader copy of this book of young adult poetry, and I am more than happy to share it with my readers.
A Daydream a Day by Ivan Tu
This collection of short poems is grouped into five parts based on the themes they address:
- Lost, where will you go?
- Face your demons
- Change your mind
- Almost there
- Found a direction!
As you can see, reading through this book is like going on a journey of personal development and discovery. The poems touch on relevant themes that modern teens (and adults) can relate to without being preachy or overbearing. They come across like an honest conversation between friends.
An illustration accompanied each poem. At first, I thought the images would distract from the writing, but I think rather than “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the poet proved that only a handful of words can elicit an entire scene. Each image fit the tone of the poems, and they added to the overall appeal of the book. I recommend reading the poems before looking at the illustrations.
The book as a whole is short enough to read in an afternoon, but each individual poem is powerful enough that you could read one a day and feel satisfied.
It’s been a while since I’ve read through a poetry collection, and this book reminded me how much I enjoy poems. This was a great read. Highly recommend.
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