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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Say Something by Jeremy Clarke is a poetry book that deftly describes the author’s growing up years. As we read in his poems, his life was difficult: a father who was not there, a mother who was mostly gone and came back only when she wanted something from him. Friends that helped him through school, his faith in God, and his grandparents: all the influences in his life that made him who he is today. He is open and honest with his struggles, and we can see there is a tremendous amount of pain.
Many people in our society today, it seems, go through unfortunate childhood experiences such as this. It is not a new thing to be poor, abandoned, lost, or lonely. Much of humanity has these same experiences. But what makes this book really shine is how the author uses few words to express those feelings and thoughts so very well. He doesn’t go into raging tirades of profanity or striking out at others. He simply and gently communicates what he has been through, and he does it very well. I think Say Something by Jeremy Clarke can really help a lot of people—first, of course, for those who are going through exactly what he went through, no matter the age, sex, skin color, nationality, or anything else. Life is hard and this book is a way to show others that even though struggles are real, one can still overcome a lot of the negatives. It is possible. I think others who would benefit would be those whose life hasn’t been as hard so they can in some small measure begin to understand the dark path others have walked. Highly recommended.