Book Review- Aphrodite Made Me Do It

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

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Bestselling and award-winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative approach to self-care in this new poetry and prose collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It. In this empowering retelling, she uses the mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present. By the end of this book, Aphrodite make you believe in the possibility of your own healing.

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Let me start off by saying that I am usually not a poetry reader. I do not even know what compelled me to give this collection a chance, but I am thrilled that I did. It has opened my eyes to the fact that there is modern poetry out there that I can connect with.

There was something so unique about this collection and I love that the author included her illustrations and art work. She is incredibly talented and I think she has a lot of important things to say. I am confident that a lot of readers will feel heard by Mateer’s poetry and I found them to be extremely accessible.

The passages from Aphrodite’s perspective were particularly compelling and there were many that I have saved and shared with friends. It made me look at women in mythology in a new way. This seems to be a common trend in fiction lately and I have been loving it.

Mateer’s poetry touches on feminism, mental health, assault, and the unfairness of having our stories rewritten for us.

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Yes! Even if you are not normally a fan of modern day poetry, please give Aphrodite Made Me Do It a chance. I took a lot away from it and it is a collection that I will return to from time to time.

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10 thoughts on “Book Review- Aphrodite Made Me Do It

  1. Poetry isn’t my thing but since it has a Greek goddess in the title, I might have to give it a try. My mythology obsession compels me to do so LOL. Great review! Happy that you enjoyed this one!

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