Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson

Take Me With You

Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, forgiveness, and what it means to be different in this strange age.

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For readers of Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey) and Cheryl Strayed, a book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.

Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to heal and to be different in this strange age. Take Me With You, illustrated throughout with evocative line drawings by Sarah J. Coleman, is small enough to fit in your bag, with messages that are big enough to wake even the sleepiest heart. Divided into three sections (love, the world, and becoming) of one liners, couplets, greatest hits phrases, and longer form poems, it has something for everyone, and will be placed in stockings, lockers, and the hands of anyone who could use its wisdom.

Advance Galley Reviews

Reminiscent of IF WE EVER BREAK UP THIS IS MY BOOK by Jason Logan, Gibson's poetic, illustrated prose weaves an intricate story of identity, self-acceptance and reflection. I found myself starting the book over after the first "act," reading it from a completely different perspective. Kind of like how you get through a book, hit a twist, and then immediately want to re-read it to see if you can pick up on the hints. Gibson's narration runs the roller coaster gamut, at times uplifting and motivating and, a few pages later, powerful and humbling. TAKE ME WITH YOU is a book that gets loaned out to your best friends, to those experiencing a breakup, and those finding themselves in transition but one you'll insist the borrowers always return.

This was an excellent intro to Gibson's work and a good primer for some of their better-known poems. They continue to write excellent, emotional poetry and this is a wonderful collection to cary around.

It is in the spirit of Rupi Kapur's Milk and Honey but I could not connect to this set of poetry as much. I did enjoy the font and the illustrations a lot and the illustrations blended well with the poems. Though this was not the right set of poems for me I can see where others would enjoy it

4 stars for a book of poetry that made me laugh, made me think, made me feel. Gibson writes single lines that touched me in ways some entire novels haven't managed. I look forward to owning a copy I can reference, lend out, and generally enjoy.

4 stars Boulder, Colorado poet Andrea Gibson has been writing about gender, orientation, and social and political LGBTQ issues for more than a decade. Their eminently quotable work first broke onto the scene with poetry slam performances in the early 2000's. "Take Me With You" is a volume of love found and lost poetry that also touches on one of their frequent themes- being, whether the risks of being yourself, of being lost, or of being here. With beautiful ink and gouache illustrations, the book speaks not just to LGBTQ persons but to anyone who has struggled with becoming who they really are, or to those searching, finding, losing love. Gibson, who also records albums of poetry with music, recently released their latest album, "Hey Galaxy."

Take Me With You is an engaging book of brief poems and phrases that touch all emotional levels - some will make you laugh, some will make you teary, all will make you think. Andrea Gibson has written a small book that reflects our times in a big way.

When I started this, I thought this would be like Milk & Honey, but I really like this book and would recommend it to anyone. There are some phrases written in this book that will make you laugh, some will make you think, some will make you cry and some you will share. My favorite statement was "there is no weapon more dangerous than a wound". My advice is buy one for yourself and buy one for a friend. You won't regret it.

"We wear our traumas the way the guillotine wears gravity. Our lovers' necks are so soft." It is not often that poetry can stop me in my tracks, forcing me to catch my breath and leaving me feeling like the writer can see right into my soul. On the surface, Gibson and I seem to have very little in common and, in all honesty, I no knowledge of her work until receiving this eARC from Penguin Random House's First to Read program. Yet, when I read Take Me with You, it was as if we were connected and she knew what I could not say. Her poignant words on life, love, and of existence itself transcends culture, race, gender, and sexuality. Never have I come across an author who so clearly captures the struggles of human existence in such beautiful prose.

Summary: Accompanied by illustrations by Sarah J. Coleman Gibson had given us a small collection of poems that vary in theme from: politics, love, gender, family, forgiveness and sexuality.  Gibson is an American poet and considers themselves to be gender neutral.  A lot of her feelings toward gender and the socially approved “norm” come through in her poetry. My thoughts: I really liked these poems.  they felt fresh and real, an insight into an intriguing soul.  I actually wish I could add a few of the poems just to show what I mean, but as I was given an advanced copy I need to wait until it is published incase something changes.  I will tell you that as soon as the last poem was read I went on line and bought the paper copy of the book.  Amazon will deliver it on or near the 23rd. Many have likened Gibson to Rupi Kaur, and I guess I can see why, but I felt like it had a different flavor.  Sassy, sometimes (but not often) bitter, hopeful, loving and honest; these are poems I will want access to again and again.  Please don’t get me wrong, I liked Kaur’s work… but I think it left me feeling more drained than Gibson’s did.  For me this was a five star book.   On the adult content scale, these poems do delve into sexuality and have some coarse language.  I would give it a seven.  While I think it is alright for older teens (17 and above), I would not give this to my niece just yet.   I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.

In the beginning, I struggled with the one liners and half sketched illustrations that seemed to litter the pages. It took me a bit to process what I was looking at. I know that might sound weird, but...it didn't follow any particular kind of flow and my brain couldn't quite catch up. And then it did. And Gibson's work spoke to my heart in a way I hadn't expected. Lines like "We have the nerve to 'support our troops' with pretty yellow ribbons while giving nothing but dirty looks to their outstretched hands" ignited anger in me, a fury that reminded me I'm not alone in thoughts like this. "We have to create. It is the only thing louder than destruction" shall become my mantra for 2018. I think there's a piece within this collection for every single person to relate to, even if they feel the rest of the book does not connect with them. Almost every page made me think of at least one person in my life. Read it. Share it. Tell others about it. Take it with you wherever you go.

Andrea Gibson's "Take Me With You" was an enjoyable and quick paced read. eloquent and direct about a variety of topics we can all relate too. This insightful collection of poetry takes its readers on a ride through a variety of emotions as well as topics. Highly recommend this collection.

A small book of poems, drawing, thoughts and the like. I enjoyed it. I would like to own this little book to turn to random pages from time to time. Thanks to First To Read, for the access to this.

Before receiving an ARC of this book from Penguin's First to Read program, I was unfamiliar with poet and activist Andrea Gibson. This was the perfect little collection of poems to read while I was visiting family (and their related tensions) over the holiday season. The collection is broken into three main sections (1: On Love, 2: On the World; and 3: On Becoming) and I found that most of the poems that resonated with me were in the second section (On the World), which is likely partially influenced by the fact that I spent the holidays in a house helmed by a conservative patriarch. A lot of the poems in the first section (On Love) will probably be enjoyed by those that adore the Instagram poems about love -- some were a little too gooey for me personally, but will probably also be the ones that are recreated with pretty lettering on Tumblr and Instagram. The third section (On Becoming) discusses coming out experiences in different ways (coming out of certain religious ideologies, not strongly identifying with the strict confines of gender, and who Gibson becomes romantically entangled with) and I can imagine they will be beautiful, reassuring messages to read when navigating similar experiences. Some of the poems struck me more as mantras and calls to action than poems, but because this collection is written by an activist, they didn't feel too out of place when included here. The poems are all untitled so it's hard for me list which poems I enjoyed the most, but I've included my two favorites below. "They want you thinking you're bad at being a girl instead of thinking you're good at being yourself. They want you to buy your blush from a store instead of letting it bloom from your butterflies. They're telling you to blend in, like you've never seen how a blender works. like they think you've never seen the mess from the blade." (p. 96) "Promise that who we weep and fight and tear down the sun for will not only be our own faces in the mirror." (p. 87) For more reviews, check out www.girlwithabookblog.com!

This is quite a short book, but I felt I had a glimpse into the author's deep soul. My favorite page is "I am so grateful for having a mind that can be changed." If everyone could follow that thought, what an amazing world this would be. The author shares many beliefs which we would all do well to follow.

I was so excited to see that Andrea released another book. I always see their spoken word on Button Poetry and they are one of my favorite poets. This book did not disappoint. It lays their heart out for all of us to enjoy and I will be picking up the physical copy. I love that it is a small book, which will be good for carrying with me on the go.

This is absolutely a book that I'll need to pick up a physical copy for my shelf. I adored it. Andrea Gibson's "Take Me With You" is a delightful direct response to "Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur. The illustrations and organization will feel familiar-- although not derivative-- in an old friend kind of way. Andrea Gibson's poetry/essay/illustration collection deals with a wide variety of themes; most poignant in my mind is the gender identity-self acceptance motif. I would, hands down, recommend this collection as a delightful quick read.

Good book full of poetry and bit to inspire you!

Andrea Gibson's book is a little book filled with a collection of quotes, poems, essays that are thought provoking, raw with emotion that will stay with you long after you are done with this book. And that is a GOOD thing. A must read.

I believe that part of the violence of our culture stirs from the myth that kindness is natural. I don't think kindness is natural. I think kindness would only be natural in a world where no one is hurt, and everyone is hurt. So kindness is work. Kindness is our knees in the garden weeding our bites, our apathies, our cold shoulders, our silences, our cruelties, whatever taught us the word "ugly." Take me with you is an eclectic compilation of thoughts: poetry, snippets, very short essays, on the themes of love, the world and becoming. Andrea tackles love, queerness, mental health with insightful words that beautifully capture the human experience. It's a quick read, with lots of little bits to make you pause and reflect on the author's words, so you might end up taking your time and making your way through it a few pages at a time.

Gibson takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout this collection of poetry and quotes. There were times that I found myself laughing aloud or tearing up in appreciation of her word portraits and beautifully detailed line drawings. At other times I wondered where she drew the line at too much information, but after a second reading I realized these inclusions made the material real. During the course of our lives we laugh, we cry, and we have moments of too much info. Gibson provides readers a glimpse of life, the good, the bad, and the shocking.

Andrea Gibson's poetry tells a great story. It's a little cliche at times, as is the majority of published poetry, but I can't tell you how good it is for my heart to read cliche love poems by a queer person. It doesn't matter how many times I've heard a similar line. The intermittent artworks add so much to the themes of the story. i. This section brought me to tears. It is not only a story of finding love and losing it but also of gaining something new. There is always hope at the end of the page. ii. I LOVE exploring social justice through a poet's eyes. My favorite refrain Gibson uses is the idea of softness, even in the times of social turmoil. iii. This section especially spoke to me. I hope young people everywhere who are trying to find themselves find this book and carry it with them. It has a raw honesty that only good poetry can reflect back to the world

"Take Me With You," by Andrea Gibson, is an amazingly intriguing & engaging collection of poems, prose, aphorisms & drawings. I was drawn to this selection as it focuses on the topics of sexuality, gender, mental health & social justice, among others. I read this book in one sitting. The font size & illustrations urge the reader onward. Soon, I will read it again at a pace to savor every word, in hard copy form. It is fresh, illuminating & necessary. If I could, I would gift this to everyone I know. Thanks for the opportunity to read it!

To start my review I just want to clarify that to my knowledge Andrea Gibson uses gender neutral pronouns (they/them) so I will be respecting that during this review. Andrea Gibson was one of my first introductions into spoken word and I have been obsessed with their poetry ever since. When I saw Take Me With you was available as an ARC I was beyond stoked and was so lucky so be able to review this. Andrea Gibson has collected pieces of some of her past works (I recognized a line from their full length poem "Photograph" in here) as well as some new pieces I have not heard or read before, and added some wonderful illustrations that help the writing hit home in a new way. As all of Andrea's works you will find this book filled with poetry centred around gender, self love, self acceptance, anxiety and mental illness, feminism and LGBT politics. Their work is so powerful that I almost have no words. I cried, I felt empowered, I felt almost every piece speaking directly to my soul. Their words are profound but simple, aggressive in thinking but soft in tone, they will challenge you. When you read this, you feel that urge to do better, to be better, to forgive yourself, to call yourself out for lack of political action and complacency. This book will stay with you, as does all of Andrea's works. I highly recommend anyone who wants to get into poetry or are already fans to read this. As some passages taken from their full works are indeed less powerful and sometimes can feel a bit cliched, I would recommend to go online and find some of Andrea's spoken word performances, as they pack a bit more power. Quite simply this book may change your life.

A seemingly simple book, but full of really witty, interesting, powerful statements. This book reminds me that you don't need thousands of words to make an incredibly compelling point. I kinda want to give this to everyone I know, and leave copies in random places so strangers can find them.

I requested this book on a whim, even though I don't read much poetry because it sounded interesting and why not. Now that I am on Winter Break *cheers of joy* I have a month to read all that I want. As the synopsis said there are three sections to this book: love, the world, and belonging. I especially enjoyed "the world" section as it was had the poems that I related to the most. I did not care for the "love" section because some were weird (or very, very weird) and I just couldn't connect with all of them. But some were heartfelt and had me going "aww, that's adorable". One thing that I do suggest when reading this book is don't do what I did and read it in an hour. These poems, especially the ones on love, are I think meant to be thought out and dissected like you are back in your AP English class and you have a 3 page paper on it. But hey that is just my opinion and you can read it however you desire. My favorite part of the book was the illustrations that were included on some of the pages; those were beautiful. Overall, this was a lovely collection of poetry and though I did not connect with all of the poems maybe in a few years I will go back and read it again to see if my opinions had changed.

When I requested this book, I had no idea that it was a book of poetry. I only knew that it was going to touch on themes of gender, love and society. I have to say that, even though I am not usually a big fan of poetry, this book did not disappoint. From the very first page I was met with small, digestible bits of poetry that spoke to me of love, finding one's place in society, and being a member of the LGBT+ community. Each page was a revelation, sometimes told in as little as 3-4 words, sometimes taking up two whole pages. But each one was profound, yet relatable, and either told a deep story of self-discovery, or gave the reader a powerful message to take with them. My personal favorite message in the book was "Commit to loving yourself completely. It's the most radical thing you will do in your lifetime." That was the message that spoke to me most in this book, and the one I will carry with my throughout my days.

"Take Me With You" was a super fast read packed with moments of wisdom. Touching on various topics such as politics, sexuality, and just regular life, Gibson's messages can open your mind to a different viewpoint. To anyone that struggles with self-love, their identity or being in love, this is a must read.


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