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*Gold Medal Winner in the 2019 International Reader's Favorite Contest in the Poetry Love/Romance Category* It is crinkled, torn and frayed, but it's still a heart all the same... Paper Heart is a collection of poetry stemming from the places where light and darkness have shaped who Jennifer LeBlanc is as a writer. Written over years of introspection, love, pain, and hope, ea *Gold Medal Winner in the 2019 International Reader's Favorite Contest in the Poetry Love/Romance Category* It is crinkled, torn and frayed, but it's still a heart all the same... Paper Heart is a collection of poetry stemming from the places where light and darkness have shaped who Jennifer LeBlanc is as a writer. Written over years of introspection, love, pain, and hope, each poem is a placeholder for something that held her mind for either a bright moment or a dark hour.


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*Gold Medal Winner in the 2019 International Reader's Favorite Contest in the Poetry Love/Romance Category* It is crinkled, torn and frayed, but it's still a heart all the same... Paper Heart is a collection of poetry stemming from the places where light and darkness have shaped who Jennifer LeBlanc is as a writer. Written over years of introspection, love, pain, and hope, ea *Gold Medal Winner in the 2019 International Reader's Favorite Contest in the Poetry Love/Romance Category* It is crinkled, torn and frayed, but it's still a heart all the same... Paper Heart is a collection of poetry stemming from the places where light and darkness have shaped who Jennifer LeBlanc is as a writer. Written over years of introspection, love, pain, and hope, each poem is a placeholder for something that held her mind for either a bright moment or a dark hour.

30 review for Paper Heart (Poetry Collections, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca | Velvet Opus

    just autopilot people daydreaming Paper Heart is a collection of poetry about love and loss, hearts colliding, breaking and being remade anew. It starts slowly, hesitatingly, like falling in love after heartbreak, weaving memories of childhood trauma, and the impact of cross-generational trauma, using white space like the whisper of secrets in the dark. a fading star held captive by you This collection is captivating. Jennifer LeBlanc wears her stitched heart on her sleeve and recounts tal just autopilot people daydreaming Paper Heart is a collection of poetry about love and loss, hearts colliding, breaking and being remade anew. It starts slowly, hesitatingly, like falling in love after heartbreak, weaving memories of childhood trauma, and the impact of cross-generational trauma, using white space like the whisper of secrets in the dark. a fading star held captive by you This collection is captivating. Jennifer LeBlanc wears her stitched heart on her sleeve and recounts tales of her internal scars in this crushingly honest poetic memoir. Her final poem, Paper Hearts II , is an ode to the deepest self-discovery, learning to love yourself no matter what. it is crinkled torn and frayed but it’s still a heart all the same I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Kelso

    I received a copy of this book through VRO’s wonderful service and I’m so happy I did. Sure, if you aren’t a fan of modern poetry, this won’t be your cup of tea. I’m certainly not a poetry expert (so take my review with a grain of salt), but this collection is significantly better than a lot of what I’ve read recently. It started out as something light I could imagine reading by a fire on a cold night, curled up next to someone I love. But then it just captivated me and got so serious and heavy. I I received a copy of this book through VRO’s wonderful service and I’m so happy I did. Sure, if you aren’t a fan of modern poetry, this won’t be your cup of tea. I’m certainly not a poetry expert (so take my review with a grain of salt), but this collection is significantly better than a lot of what I’ve read recently. It started out as something light I could imagine reading by a fire on a cold night, curled up next to someone I love. But then it just captivated me and got so serious and heavy. I loved the writing style; I loved the rhyme and rhythm of the poems; I loved the imagery and word choice. If I hadn’t received a copy I may never have come across this book, so I’m thankful it crossed my path.

  3. 4 out of 5

    lettisha ♥

    I received an ARC of this book and I absolutely loved it. I don’t consider myself much of a poetry person, but the author’s writing just makes it so enjoyable. The author shows vulnerability in every poem and it’s utterly refreshing. I highly recommend it!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Camden Johnson

    I received this book through Voracious Readers and I'm glad that I chose to request this book :) I'm not a big reader of poetry books but whenever I see one that peaks my curiosity I always try and give it a shot. This is a mixed poetry book about happiness, hurt, and other touchy subjects but the author managed to make all of them work and have them all be enjoyable in their own way. I will probably be checking out more from the author after reading this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Billie Wallis

    "what have I done? how did I get here? how did all of this suddenly become unclear?" I received a copy of this book from Voracious Readers. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book! I requested it because I'm just starting out reading poetry and it is a short read. What got me was when I started reading how at the very start it had a warning that the book contains sensitive information, I love how books have that. It shows how the author really cares about who is reading. Me personally, I like "what have I done? how did I get here? how did all of this suddenly become unclear?" I received a copy of this book from Voracious Readers. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book! I requested it because I'm just starting out reading poetry and it is a short read. What got me was when I started reading how at the very start it had a warning that the book contains sensitive information, I love how books have that. It shows how the author really cares about who is reading. Me personally, I like the warning because sometimes I'm not in the right mind to read such sensitive issues. This book was so real and I could relate to it so much So many of these poems reminded me of family, friends, grief and loss. I would recommend this book to others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Corrie DeWolfe (Corrie's Book Nook)

    Actual rating: 4.5/5 ⭐ Trigger Warning: This very personal, very intimate, collection of modern poetry contains interpreted lyrical poetry about self-harm, depression, addiction, death of a parent, rape, abuse, just to point out some of the more major content. Please practice health-care before, during, and after, reading this poetry collection. My heart hurt reading through this collection. Many of the poems resonated within me, as I've experienced same and similar situations before myself. Read Actual rating: 4.5/5 ⭐ Trigger Warning: This very personal, very intimate, collection of modern poetry contains interpreted lyrical poetry about self-harm, depression, addiction, death of a parent, rape, abuse, just to point out some of the more major content. Please practice health-care before, during, and after, reading this poetry collection. My heart hurt reading through this collection. Many of the poems resonated within me, as I've experienced same and similar situations before myself. Reading the poems Jennifer wrote about her mom's alcoholism, and how the addiction claimed her life, when Jennifer was a young kid, broke my heart. I love the simplistic format, and the look of crumpled paper as you were reading it (at least, with the ebook format). If you are not into modern poetry, this isn't for you. If you are, or would like to read poetry that makes you feel, read Paper Heart. Thank you to Jennifer LeBlanc for sharing glimpses of your heart and soul. ***I received a complimentary copy of Paper Heart through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matt Miller

    LeBlanc’s Paper Heart dives deep into darkness, while still clutching the light. This autobiographic work deals with love and heartbreak, as well as abuse, sexual assault, and the complicated emotions that accompany the loss of an abusive parent. Throughout the text LeBlanc remains highly experimental in structure, spanning from regular rhyme schemes to free verse to acrostics to prose poems and beyond, while still maintaining accessible language that appeals to a broad audience.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer LeBlanc

    CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT Not suitable for readers under the age of 17 or those easily offended by strong language or harsh personal truths. TRIGGER WARNING: Includes but is not limited to • Self-harm/Self-loathing • Alcoholism • Abuse • Trauma • Rape • Loss/Grief • Suicide • Anxiety/Depression • OCD/Perfectionism Please practice self-care before, during, and after reading. If you become triggered by reading any portion of this publication, please stop reading immediately.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Robinson

    *Received a free Beta version through VoraciousReadersOnly* Upon first reading the first few poems in this book I was unsure as to whether or not I was going to enjoy the work written by Jennifer LeBLanc; it was the first time I had read anything by her and I admit I am often times a very judgmental reader who needs instant gratification. However, I wanted to give the book a fair chance before writing a review, as it would do no one well to preemptively critique the works of this author. Now, sin *Received a free Beta version through VoraciousReadersOnly* Upon first reading the first few poems in this book I was unsure as to whether or not I was going to enjoy the work written by Jennifer LeBLanc; it was the first time I had read anything by her and I admit I am often times a very judgmental reader who needs instant gratification. However, I wanted to give the book a fair chance before writing a review, as it would do no one well to preemptively critique the works of this author. Now, since reading the book in its entirety I can honestly say there are many poems within this book that I love, and I can genuinely say I misjudged this work. The book explores multiple themes such as: relationships, loss, love, mental health and self-destruction just to name a few. Jennifer has a way of hitting you when least expect it, sandwiching in soft and inspirational poems in between more dramatic and depressing works- this sends the reader on an almost emotional roller coaster when read chronologically. One of my personal favourites from the selection is 'Scream, Aim, Fire', which is the longest poem taking three pages in the book to itself and rightfully so. It explores the cycle of toxic relationships by comparing this particular partnering to a battlefield, dialogue is exchanged for weapons, betrayal is shown through physical violence and denial is represented in first aid. Together a precedent is set that this relationship, this battle, this war will be only be over with death. It is dramatic, it is visual and I just loved this one. Jennifer makes use of enjambment to show the tumultuous lengths of abuse as well as kinesthetic imagery to cruelly demonstrate the damage caused by such a relationship. This is such a stark difference to other poems in the book such as 'The Bond', an eight line love poem describing one romantic encounter where love blossoms at first sight, the perspective towards love is so hopeful and young, incredibly dissimilar to the overwhelming brokenness displayed in 'Scream, Aim, Fire'. The polarity of these two pieces helps to create a balanced outlook on the potential of relationships. Other favourites of mine are 'Mother Monster', 'A Little Light', 'She Took The Subway', 'Manipulated' and 'Roulette'. Though I must add the poem which struck the most with me was 'Human Puffing Stick' and I would like to just take a short quote which I thought was awfully beautiful:"I walk,/ as I wither,/ as I age and decay/ burning bright at the top,/ my ashes drift away". I can't explain but I felt that line, and perhaps that is more true of the stage of life I am currently in but it has resonated with me and I know I'll return to reread this section in particular. Overall, I really recommend giving this book a try, I know I'm glad I did and I'll be looking out for her work elsewhere in the future. Though I'd like to reiterate the trigger warning in the beginning of the book which details self-harm, alcoholism, abuse, rape, loss suicide, anxiety, OCD and depression. If any of these things make you uncomfortable this is not the book for you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I received an ARC of this book and I’m so glad I did! I read the entire thing in about 20 or so minutes and I’m ready to go right back and read it all over again! These poems are filled with so much emotion and beautiful imagery and glorious words. I loved how each poem had a unique aspect that kept it flowing and nothing felt repetitive. There is a definite story to these poems as you move through the book. But the story is one that can be interpreted by the reader as it’s not explicitly shared I received an ARC of this book and I’m so glad I did! I read the entire thing in about 20 or so minutes and I’m ready to go right back and read it all over again! These poems are filled with so much emotion and beautiful imagery and glorious words. I loved how each poem had a unique aspect that kept it flowing and nothing felt repetitive. There is a definite story to these poems as you move through the book. But the story is one that can be interpreted by the reader as it’s not explicitly shared in many of them. I’m not generally a poetry reader but this one may be the encouragement I need to try other books of poetry.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I received a free copy to review and I read it in one sitting! I greatly enjoy poetry and I found a top 5 author! Each poem was unique, rhythmic, and honest. The imagery was very intense which made me read each poem multiple times to get everything I could from each one. There was something raw and truthful to each poem with a background story each time. I hope this author keeps writing and gets to be a number one bestseller!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I recieved this book for free to review it and immediately sat down and started on it. I've read a lot of books in the past, each telling a new story or making me feel new emotions, and this book of poetry was no different. I loved it, the author is obviously a very talented writer and each poem is full of emotion and tell another part of a larger story. Overall, I throughly enjoyed reading this book and would suggest it to anyone looking for a new read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole CeBallos

    I received an ARC in exchange for a review. I gave this book 4 stars because there were some poems that just didn't work for me. However, 95% of them did. They are just so raw and you can feel the author's pain. There are poems about loss, heartache, abuse, grief, love, acceptance, and death and they're all so real. I was impressed by the collection. I will definitely recommend it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fern Adams

    Book received in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this collection of poems. They are a real mixture of simple and more complex poems and use a variety of poetry devices. Quite a few really stood out for me and reminded me a little bit of Sylvia Plath‘s early poetry work. I will definitely be reading this again and looking forward to seeing it LeBlanc produces any more work in the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Tovey

    I got a complimentary copy of this from VoraciousReadersOnly. I'm not usually that interested in reading poems and initially found these hard to get into, but the second half of the poems were incredible and I flew through them. This author touches on a lot of challenging topics but writes about them in a personal and sensitive day, I'd definitely want to read more poems written by her.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    4.5 stars I really loved the way that the author took her emotions and feelings and put them into words. She explained things so beautifully that I as the reader was able to feel right along side her, the good and the bad. I even found myself tearing up over a few of the stories! Whether you are an avid reader of poetry or not, I can assure you, that you will not regret picking up Paper Heart and giving it a read. * I received an arc in exchange for an honest review *

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julianne

    I am very impressed with this poetry. Im not normally a fan but was very stuck in this book. Im happy as a ARC reading to be able to get the chance to read these books from great authours

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really enjoyed this. If modern poetry isn’t your thing, then this probably won’t work for you. But I love her word choices and the flow. There were some that stood out more than others, as to be expected I think. I definitely recommend it

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Gaikowski

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Author Jennifer LeBlanc has done it again with her newest (and in my opinion, best) publication. While reading this collection of poems, the raw reality of emotions she explores are almost tangible. In “Mom”, the reader is shown the deep pain one can know when having a family member with addiction. In “She Didn’t Know Better,” she transports the reader into their own memories of personal pain, and growth. “Roar” is a bold declaration of our self worth and positivity, and my personal favorite “Pe Author Jennifer LeBlanc has done it again with her newest (and in my opinion, best) publication. While reading this collection of poems, the raw reality of emotions she explores are almost tangible. In “Mom”, the reader is shown the deep pain one can know when having a family member with addiction. In “She Didn’t Know Better,” she transports the reader into their own memories of personal pain, and growth. “Roar” is a bold declaration of our self worth and positivity, and my personal favorite “Perfections Prisoner,” explains the struggles faced when one battles conditions like OCD. Lines like, “(I) can’t seem to unclench myself so I can breathe” struck a chord with me. I could feel that pain while reading the poem. I recommend this book to anyone, whether you like poetry or not. It at times hits home to the feelings I feel, and others transported me into the feelings of others, who have dealt with things I’ve never imagined having to deal with in this life. A little empathy can go a long way, and this collection of poems can put you in another’s shoes, to develop a little more compassion for all, which is so desperately needed in this world.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathey Gray

    Paper Heart? More like Brave Heart. Stunning and breathtaking. As lush and whimsical as it was raw and gritty. Jennifer sweeps you off your feet and bravely takes you into her darkest corners. I am a huge fan of poetry, mostly because you never know what to expect. Poetry reveals the poet's innermost soul and it is always fascinating. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, often reading it outside in the sun. My absolute favorite poem is Titanium Girl. Here's a list of more of Jennifer's poems that move Paper Heart? More like Brave Heart. Stunning and breathtaking. As lush and whimsical as it was raw and gritty. Jennifer sweeps you off your feet and bravely takes you into her darkest corners. I am a huge fan of poetry, mostly because you never know what to expect. Poetry reveals the poet's innermost soul and it is always fascinating. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, often reading it outside in the sun. My absolute favorite poem is Titanium Girl. Here's a list of more of Jennifer's poems that moved me: Beautiful Boy Be Every Color Of The Sun Mother Monster Rewriting History In Our Heads Exotic Ruin Being Human Little Eyes Secrets In The Whiskey She Didn't Know Better Hungry Savages Beware and Manipulated This poet is extremely talented and brave. If you like poetry, you'll enjoy and appreciate this collection.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I don't usually read poetry so it's hard for me to review it properly and this is the first time I've read a collection of poems that are exclusively from a modern author. And by the Gods I need to get myself a physical copy of this book because the poetry hit a tender spot in my heart. A lot of them resonated with my experiences so much. Reading them was an incredibly personal experience I want to go back to at some point in my future reading. Thank you Jennifer LeBlanc for truly creating somet I don't usually read poetry so it's hard for me to review it properly and this is the first time I've read a collection of poems that are exclusively from a modern author. And by the Gods I need to get myself a physical copy of this book because the poetry hit a tender spot in my heart. A lot of them resonated with my experiences so much. Reading them was an incredibly personal experience I want to go back to at some point in my future reading. Thank you Jennifer LeBlanc for truly creating something beautiful with words. I made a list of all my favourite poems, but it honestly just got too long. So I'll end this review with this one titled 'Gifts For A Dreamer'. give me starshine give me moonlight give me all the beauty of the night wrapped in clover hopes and dreams bound with ribbons of hope and fear bound with trimmings of the soul  and sealed with a love that makes me whole

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terri Grey

    This collection of poetry is definitely geared towards an older.crowd as there are some pretty dark, and serious issues brought out in the writing. It didnt trigger me like I thought it did. I thought the collection of poems all fit together nicely, and were really well done. The author, Jennifet Leblanc, explores and plays around with many different poetry styles to create her collection. Very well done. This was the first thing I have read by this author, and even though it has some dark topic This collection of poetry is definitely geared towards an older.crowd as there are some pretty dark, and serious issues brought out in the writing. It didnt trigger me like I thought it did. I thought the collection of poems all fit together nicely, and were really well done. The author, Jennifet Leblanc, explores and plays around with many different poetry styles to create her collection. Very well done. This was the first thing I have read by this author, and even though it has some dark topics, I would read more by this author. It's the dark topics that also make this collection what it is.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Veronic

    I really appreciated that the author included a list of trigger warning at the beginning of this collection. I wish more authors did this for all genres. I need to put it out there that I am new to the world of poetry. I thought this collection was beautiful, and I'll admit that the first half flew over my head. However... the second half of this book really got me. The hurt, grief, struggle and love just leapt off the page at me and took me on my own emotional journey. I really enjoyed reading thi I really appreciated that the author included a list of trigger warning at the beginning of this collection. I wish more authors did this for all genres. I need to put it out there that I am new to the world of poetry. I thought this collection was beautiful, and I'll admit that the first half flew over my head. However... the second half of this book really got me. The hurt, grief, struggle and love just leapt off the page at me and took me on my own emotional journey. I really enjoyed reading this and I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I have received a free review copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only. Absolutely beautiful. I read all of them at once (I know, that's not the right way to do it, you're supposed to take your time with poetry), but for those who do like me, the experience is amazing. The best sensation for me was how the type of poetry varies - rhymes, no rhymes, poems making up the title through first lines, even the spacing and placement of the poems on the page. The notes said that poems come from al I have received a free review copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only. Absolutely beautiful. I read all of them at once (I know, that's not the right way to do it, you're supposed to take your time with poetry), but for those who do like me, the experience is amazing. The best sensation for me was how the type of poetry varies - rhymes, no rhymes, poems making up the title through first lines, even the spacing and placement of the poems on the page. The notes said that poems come from all different stages of the author's creative life and you can definitely feel that, it's like a journey of forms of creativity. And the last poem, one of the very best in the book in my opinion, is perfect for leaving the sensations resonating within you. Some of my other favourites: Shrapnel, Wilt, Secrets in the whiskey, Little rabbit, Manipulated

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caley Brennan

    [I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for a review through Voracious Readers Only] This was a lovely collection of poetry! Jennifer LeBlanc has taken all of her heartbreak, grief, and trauma along with her joy and renewed self-esteem and transformed them into beautiful verse. I loved how raw and deep the poems were and it was nice to see the under-appreciated acrostic poem style put to great use as well. I struggled to find the rhythm of a few of the rhyming poems but oth [I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for a review through Voracious Readers Only] This was a lovely collection of poetry! Jennifer LeBlanc has taken all of her heartbreak, grief, and trauma along with her joy and renewed self-esteem and transformed them into beautiful verse. I loved how raw and deep the poems were and it was nice to see the under-appreciated acrostic poem style put to great use as well. I struggled to find the rhythm of a few of the rhyming poems but otherwise, this was a wonderful debut collection!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Chiasson

    It has been a long time since I’ve connected with every single poem in a collection, but Jen’s writing spoke to my very core. This book broke me apart and put me back together multiple times, and made me feel so many emotions that sometimes I had to take a break and just sit with them. I read poetry to make me feel something and to express words that I’m scared to say, and I feel like Jen pulled the words and stories right out of me. This is a must have for any poetry collection!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sancia

    I received my copy through "voracious readers only". I'm not a poetry person but giving Leblanc a chance will never be a bad decision. The poems start with sober doses of pain, vulnerability and intense love in the end making the reader not wanting to put the book down. A bunch of contemporary poems that are free versed, lucid language gives the book a plus one. Hope you enjoy it too!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric Keegan

    “Amour Fou” - There’s the love that makes sense, the one that grows with you and gets nurtured. The one you love in the ways that love allows, which is usually quite the opposite of what we are seeing here. Paper Heart chronicles a different kind: the all consuming, endless struggle of a person’s admiration for another individual that ultimately is not reciprocated. I’ve been here and it’s truly a horrifically addictive place. When the mind and soul lead you down such a path, you believe that ev “Amour Fou” - There’s the love that makes sense, the one that grows with you and gets nurtured. The one you love in the ways that love allows, which is usually quite the opposite of what we are seeing here. Paper Heart chronicles a different kind: the all consuming, endless struggle of a person’s admiration for another individual that ultimately is not reciprocated. I’ve been here and it’s truly a horrifically addictive place. When the mind and soul lead you down such a path, you believe that every move you make is going to lead to something better. And that an answer may be provided. To initiate the turning of the tide, so to speak. But when that doesn’t happen, it can prove to be one of the most pivotal moments of self-growth and awareness in a person’s world. Well done Jennifer!

  29. 4 out of 5

    April M

    This book of poetry really hits you hard. These words are filled with pain, love, and regret, a collection of poems full of emotion and vulnerability. It speaks to those who are going through or have gone through the same grief of loving those who only hurt you. As an artist of words, I really appreciate Author LeBlanc's willingness to reveal the deepest sorrows of her soul.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Hosmer

    This book of poetry is full of emotion, covering the extent of what it means to be human. It does a beautiful job at capturing love, loss, pain, grief, and hope. Jennifer LeBlanc is a gifted author who does a wonderful job at conveying feeling in a few words.

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