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Swimming Lessons: Poems – Lili Reinhart

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RATING: ★★★★★
TITLE: Swimming Lessons: Poems
AUTHOR: Lili Reinhart
RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2020
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Griffin, Macmillan Audio
GENRE(S): Poetry, love, mental health

Thank you to Macmillan Audio and St. Martin’s Press Griffin for my gifted ALC of this title in exchange for my honest review.


The debut collection of poetry from Lili Reinhart, the actress and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity.

Swimming Lessons explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. Relatable yet deeply intimate, provocative yet comforting, bite-sized yet profound, Lili’s poems reflect her trademark honesty and unique perspective. Accompanied by striking and evocative illustrations, Swimming Lessons reveals the depths of female experience, and is the work of a storyteller who is coming into her own.

I absolutely adored this collection of poems.

Lili writes some heartbreaking verses about love and loss in Swimming Lessons that had me clutching my chest. This was a vulnerable peek into one of the most private aspects of her personal life. She speaks of some difficult moments of depression and the feelings of incredible inadequacy when the one you love does not or cannot love you back in the same way. But then, she writes about feeling a love so deep that she will never feel those exact feelings and those moments with another person.

This was such a beautiful collection, especially since I had the opportunity to listen to an ALC thanks to Macmillan Audio, which was narrated by Lili herself. She has a wonderful way lyrical way of speaking anyway, but this was next level.

I am so thankful to have been given the chance to listen to this collection of poems. And while this is her first published work, Lili Reinhart has been writing poetry for YEARS. She is an advocate for women and mental health, and that shines through in this collection.


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