Release Date: July 1, 2017
Received From: Review copy from author
Words about love, loss, grief, PTSD, and jokes with no punchline.
Steps toward finding yourself and singing down the stars.
TROPES: 5 stages of grief
That innocence, it’s gonna get you into trouble someday.
The stars in your eyes will blind you to the con artist,
The highwayman who would rather give you a knife to the throat
Than a kiss for your kindness.
But Not Up Here is a gorgeous, evocative, soul touching exploration of the five stages of grief. Broken up into sections, one per stage, Sylver flawlessly reaches out and firmly grasps on to the emotions of their reader and drags them along for the painful, beautiful ride as they process the feelings they experience due to their lost love and the resulting grief.
One cannot help but sympathize and empathize with our narrator. Especially as, even though the circumstances may not be exactly the same, many of us have gone through a similar pattern of emotion and trauma. Sylver presents the reader with some of the most relatable poetic content.
I recommend this quick read to all.
RoAnna Sylver is passionate about stories that give hope, healing and even fun for LGBT, disabled and other marginalized people, and thinks we need a lot more. Aside from writing oddly optimistic dystopia books, RoAnna is a blogger, artist, singer, voice actor, and Verified Creator on Moviepilot.com.
RoAnna lives with family and a small snorking dog near Portland, OR, and probably spends too much time playing videogames. The next adventure RoAnna would like is a nap in a pile of bunnies.