“I Am Not Your Final Girl”: A Review

Hello and welcome everyone! How’s everyone doing this fine Saturday? I recently got my license, so watch out world! What’s something that happened to you this week? Let me know in the comments!

Today, I’m reviewing I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland! This poetry book was a gift for Christmas and I am really grateful for it because this book was amazing!

Follow your favorite final girls of horror film on a journey of mayhem and retribution, from the white picket fences of 1970’s Haddonfield to the apocalyptic end of the world as we know it. Watch as these vicious vixens slash and hack the creeps out of their way in a fight for survival and a better tomorrow — for all of womankind. They’re sick and tired of being harassed, abused, and beaten down by the man. They’re not gonna take it anymore!

Synopsis of I Am Not Your Final Girl

Just from that synopsis, feminist readers will be hooked on this! Now, as someone who isn’t a fan of horror movies (nor have I seen many), I felt as if I didn’t really need to understand the movies to understand the power and emotion behind these poems. But if you are a horror movie buff, you’d definitely love this.

The book is divided into four sections; “Assault”, “Possession”, “Destruction”, and “Transformation”. Each section has ten poems, relating to the theme of the section. I found this sectioning to be very interesting, while it is something seen in a lot of poetry books, themes like this are not typically seen.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the range of formatting for poems! There was a poem in prose format, one which used spacing and the “traditional” poem format. I thought it was invigorating, but I could just be nerding out from my recent creative writing class.

Another thing that I found enjoyable was the diction and syntax of each poem. The way that each was written really left an impact on me as a reader. You could feel the rawness in some of these poems, you could feel the hurt, the sadness, the pain. The imagery was also absolutely beautiful. A line from the poem titled “Amy” really stuck out to me, as it truly invoked my senses. “I know you’ll laugh, and it will feel like a slap to my jaw.” I could feel the pain and tenseness in the speaker’s voice, I could feel how tired the speaker is, I could picture myself in her shoes. And that is truly powerful.

As a writer of fiction or poetry, you want your readers to feel like they’re there. And Claire C. Holland did that, and beyond.

I hope you all will go out and purchase a copy of this!

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