Lang Leav turns into a novelist in her latest book Poemsia that is all about an aspiring poet’s journey through fame, a steep fall and subsequent rise to one of the most loved poets. It is all fictional of course! But it is also a story, that will sit well with you because aren’t we all struggling to get somewhere? A fight that does not come easy and can almost, never be fought without a loved one by our side?
Verity Wolf lives, breathes and eats poetry. Her poems, read mostly by her best friend, are touching, honest and has every chance to make it to the bestseller list. But Verity is diffident and full of self-doubt. She spends her days thinking about ‘what ifs’ and dreams of being successful and recognized.
One day, while sorting through a few books in her family book store, she comes across a book called Poemsia, a collection of poems whose origin is questionable and contents are breathtakingly, heart-achingly beautiful. But an Instagram post from the same post goes viral after it is regrammed by a famous celebrity.
Verity climbs the ladders of success right after that, moving from one book reading to another (which was published by her best friend as a surprise gift) and gets to meet her favorite poet. But there is this secret that started it all and secrets come up, no matter how deep you bury it.
‘Poemsia’ gives us wholesome characters that are flawed and lovable. Verity’s life is so relatable, her vulnerabilities, the way she feels and sees things and everything she deals with before being ‘the poet everyone loves’, it all comes to life through Leav’s simplistic writing. Being a poet herself, she writes it all from her heart and it shows.
The presence of family and friends, who would stand with you through thick and thin, believe in you and love you unconditionally, taking on life becomes a lot easier. And this is why, our protagonist Verity, sees the light at the end of the tunnel. Jess, Sash, Tom, Teddy, and Pop (her father), all stand together and reading that is so fulfilling, because who doesn’t relate to a little (?) family love?
Poemsia is a page-turner, with a handful of characters who leave behind lessons for us to learn. I did expect a couple of poems (because Lang Leav is an exceptional poet) and was pretty disappointed, but the story is a complete entity in itself and very enjoyable. It is also extremely inspiring if you aspire to be a poet and don’t have the courage to face the music.
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Award-winning author and poet Lang Leav presents a YA novel that is an absolute fan pleaser!
Verity Wolf dreams of being a poet—not that she’d ever admit it to anyone. Her best friend Jess thinks she’s definitely got what it takes, while her cat, Zorro is characteristically indifferent. As for the cute boy she’s just met, he’s about to discover her best kept secret.
When Verity stumbles on an old, mysterious book, Poemsia, she finds herself suddenly thrust into the dizzying world of social media stardom, where poets are the new rock stars and fame is sometimes just a click away.
International bestselling author, Lang Leav takes you into the shadowy world of contemporary poetry in this revealing and emotionally charged story about friendship, first love, betrayal, and the courage to follow your dreams.
*Thank you Simon and Schuster India for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own*