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I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible.

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I highlighted so many quotes and entire poems that spoke to me in this book. I’m already looking forward to rereading this one.

Full review to come closer to the publication date.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry

I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip by Alicia Cook is the Poets second complete collection of poetry. Cook earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 2008 and her MBA in 2012. She is employed as the Associate Director of Communications at Saint Peter's University. Cook is a freelance writer for multiple publications and a content writer for The Asbury Insider. She is also an activist fighting the heroin epidemic.

This is the second collection of Alicia Cook's poems I have read. The first bein
Christina Hart
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alicia's mixtape was pure brilliance, from the cover, to the concept, to the content, but the record is next level. Cook doesn't just write books. She takes you on a lyrical journey. And this time, she gives you the melodies.
With the mixtape she gave you a suggested playlist, and with this release, she gives you the music. The songs that have been shared so far have all made me cry. Hindsight and Pictures featuring Chris Andrews is something I play on repeat until my heart can't take it anymore.
Erika Santoro
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Alicia Cook's creativity never ceases to amaze me. She first shook up poetry in Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, by coordinating music with each piece. With I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, she shakes it up once again. Alicia is taking poetry to new levels with every book release, setting the bar higher and higher for every writer out there.

"Machines and humans share similar sounds.
They break the same, too."

The writing in this book is dripping with raw emotion, strength and delicacy all at the sa

J.R. Rogue
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-tbr
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Alicia Cook is back, with her best work to date. I love seeing writers grow. I love seeing writers give readers an honest glimpse into their lives. This is not one-size-fits-all poetry. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip is a diary, a time capsule. Reading this collection helped me to know the author better. That's very important to me when it comes to poetry. Am I Doing This Right? was by far, my favorite piece. I would have to quote the entire piec
Sophia Hanson
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alicia Cook is a genius. She marches to the beat of her own drum and the world is better for it. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip bucks the expectations of modern poetry with incomparable grace. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Read it. Love it. Share it. You'll be glad you did.
Alyssa Marie
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I’ve been waiting for a year to read more from Alicia and I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! There was one slight thing that I wasn’t to crazy about, and that was some of the songs/poems that she co-wrote with other people. Some of them just read weird or I just didn’t care for the songs. I would have preferred a single artist because I think that would have made it easier to listen and follow along with, as you could get used to voice and get into it more. But that didn’t even take away from my overall en ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Alicia Cook and let me just say that I truly enjoyed this poetry book. It's proven difficult for me to find a poetry book that I actually love. There are some poems that I didn't relate to (and that's normal) even if I wasn't able to I know there are readers who will. Some poems really hit me hard and some brought tears to my eyes. Alicia has a di
Dec 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
Loved how the first book was a cassette and now it’s a record. Excited to see these new poems!
Tracy Thomas
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Alicia Cook for selecting me to be one of your readers who got an early copy of your latest poetry book. All opinions are my own.

I rate this a 5 out of 5 stars.

I don't know that I've reviewed poetry on my blog before, but If you follow me on IG you know that I love Alicia Cook, I have since I came across her book "Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately" I relate to her, I've experienced some of the same things she has, so reading her words, resonates with me. I think she has an amazing tale
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I read this book as an ARC. I spent the afternoon into the evening reading Alicia Cook’s new book of poetry entitled I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip. It took me a few poems to get the feel for her voice and style of poetry but after I acclimated, I enjoyed her work. I would call her a poet for everyday. She writes about the life lived with human foibles and heartbreaks. But her work is not hopeless. She offers courage to overcome and even to rise above the struggles and keep pressing forward. It ha ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I always feel like my reviews and ratings of poetry books are a bit harsher. It's probably because I have to find them either breathtaking or ingenious to give them a higher rating.

I think, overall, this collection just wasn't for me. Although I liked and was able to relate to some poems, only a few of them really stood out to me. Still, it's a quick, enjoyable read and I'm sure many will like this.

*I received a free copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.*
Nathaniel Darkish
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid collection of poetry. I keep finding myself drawn to "Instagram poets," which to me sounds like it'd be a derisive term, but in most cases (this included) I've been really impressed. Cook is a confident poet addressing some hard-hitting topics. My only real critique is that I'd like to see her develop her use of artistic language in her future poetry.
Suzie Bull
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A new instapoet voice for me, I found the collection quite readable and relatable. Many of the poems included are songs, with links to where you can hear them performed. I like that connection and merge into music. There are usual themes of grief, loss, empowerment, but also reflections on society for issues, in a punchy and effective way.
As I often find with poetry collections, some of these poems spoke deeply to me, and others I couldn't connect with all. I could still see how they could be relate-able to others. I found the writing style to be easy to read, and easy to get lost in. I read it cover to cover, and hardly noticed the time passing. All in all, i feel like it would make a wonderful book for any poetry fans, or anyone interested in getting more familiar with poetry, but want something light.

I have received a much ap
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, arcs, netgalley
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley to review. Thank you!
Out: 5th June 2018

"We are all recovering from something. This is for all of us."

After reading "Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately" By Alicia Cook, which instantly turned into my favourite poetry collection, I obviously couldn't wait to read this!

Before I get started I just want to say I am so glad for the trigger warnings in the beginning and also on each of the poems. I think all books should have them and I appreciate when they do.

Kat Savage
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alicia doesn’t just write a collection of poetry and put it out into the world. She delivers an entire poetic experience. From content to concept, Alicia never fails to be truly brilliant.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, books-i-own, poetry
I received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Alicia Cook’s new poetry collection in exchange for an honest review. This book deals with some heavy topics, so I suggest every reader looks at the Trigger Warning (TW) at the beginning of the collection and in the table of contents before reading the poems.

I fell in love with Alicia’s work after I read her first book, “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately”. I have been craving more of her beautiful poetry since I closed that book about a year ago. I was
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip is a collection of poetry by Alicia Cook that covers the usual poetry themes of grief, love, loss, but also of addiction, murder, and crime, and she begins the book with a trigger warning for these things and more. She follows that warning with a simple statement that we are all recovering from something.

The book is delightfully structured reminiscent of a record album. Poems are broken down into two sections: EP and LP (the latter including generally longer poems th
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

I just want to say thank you so much to the Author and Andrew McMeel Publishing for providing me with a physical copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Just like in her first poetry collection Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately this collection is divided into 2 parts. Part one is called The EP and part two is called The LP which like mentioned in the synopsis is modeled after a vinyl record. I find the way she formats her collection to be really unique and this one is made even more uniq
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with the ARC of I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip in exchange for an honest review!

Someone please just give Alicia Cook all the awards. I read her mixtape, Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately last year and absolutely fell in love with Cook's poetry. When I saw this on Netgalley, of course I had to request it. The mixtape was incredible, but this was something else entirely. Poetry rarely moves me enough to make me cry, but I was sobbing throughout this. Having lost a f
Kirsten Tattersall
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"But if I'm not pained by their pain,
I have not earned the right to be overjoyed by their joy."

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just as with Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately, I absolutely loved this collection. The writing is full of emotion and strength. I thought the music collaborations were brilliant and I cannot wait for whatever comes next.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this as an ARC on NetGalley.

I liked that not all of the themes in these poems were predictable. Some of them felt relatable while others felt super specific and autobiographical. I appreciated the way the author played with form, structure, rhyme, and both verse and prose poetry. Some of this I liked and some was just okay.
Jennifer Muller
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I  received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

The moment this book hits the shelves, I am buying it. Good lord! The emotion and depth in some of these is incredible. "This isn't about the number six" had me bawling my eyes out cause I've been there. This book definitely gives all of the feels!

"Some days really are
good enough to taste"
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Who am I to tell him not all pretty things are worthy of saving,
just as not all things worth saving are pretty."

Loved this one! Especially the poems in Part I because I felt so understood.
Sabelle Mebane
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read “Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately” about a year ago and Alicia Cook instantly became one of my favorite poets. Alicia was kind enough to gift me an ARC of “I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip” before its release and it exceeded all my expectations. This poetry collection tackles many issues while spreading the message of hope. Utterly beautiful and captivating. Study this book.
- Sabelle Mebane
KayCee K
Cook's second book is more than amazing. It's super personal, with such enjoyable poetry. I like her poetry style, simple, not overdone. Her poetry does cover so 'touchy' topics in today's world. But I find her to be brave and her writing moving to be stepping out of a bubble, she's leading the way for more poetry that tells the truth not just dance around it. Her poems made me cry a few times, like 'Ten Little Girls'. Her words don't hide what she's feeling about I find that powerful.
The mix of
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC!
This is my second book by this author, and once again I was very moved by her words.
Amazing. Totally recommend it!
Moriah Conant
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book interweaves poems on hard topics and happy days. Alicia Cook writes masterfully about her experiences in the world in a way that is relatable to others.

Thanks, NetGalley, for the read.
Addy Gonzalez
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of poetry features works on love, loss, and finding strength within yourself. It starts off with a series of short poems that are simple with a lot of thought put into them. The next section features longer poems with lots of meaning. The literature isn't too flowery and it feels personal. I was able to sense every emotion Alicia felt or had intended to put into the poem. I was able to sense some growth in her poetry when comparing it to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately - this coll ...more
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