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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
My Dreamland by Isabel Scheck takes you into the thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl. It shows you her dreams, her wants, her idea of a perfect boyfriend, and it is all told through poetry and the four seasons that circle around in our lives. Take a look inside the window given and enjoy what you learn through this poetry. This book is what it truly is and doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. The stories of Winter are perhaps my favorite. I can picture the cool air and the frozen kisses. Perhaps it is because I am a snow queen myself but I will certainly always enjoy Winter themes. Fall, of course, is another favorite, not just because it leads into winter but the idea of the changing colors of leaves, the crunching underfoot, the scent of crisp air. I live in an area where I don't get to see that anymore, but I know it well and miss it. Many of these poems brought back those memories and happy moments for me.
It has been a while since I have sat down and truly just enjoyed some poetry. Sitting down with this book, I was able to read from cover to cover and I enjoyed every moment I spent with it. The poems are well written in a prose that isn't too flowery, it is just right. Nothing upsets me more than reading poetry that's trying to be what it isn't, when the poem is trying to be pretentious and over the top. If you are seeking a book of poems that will make you feel something, that will truly be a relaxing and enjoyable read, I highly recommend this collection. Isabel Scheck knows how to write enjoyable poetry, and I look forward to more from her.