Book review: 27 with a white lighter by Jennifer Juan

Book review: 27 with a white lighter by Jennifer Juan


How are you all? I hope you’re all having an amazing day. I am very excited to finally be sharing this post with you.

A few weeks ago, I responded to read Jennifer Juan’s latest book, 27, with a white lighter. If you know me, you’d know that I am very much an active reader, I always have my head into something, and for me, poems are the one thing that I can really relate to, which is why I have fallen head over heels for this book.

Before I start, I know many of you won’t know who Jennifer Juan is, and that’s okay, because I didn’t before I read her book. Jennifer Juan is a writer, a musician, a film maker and a podcast host who is currently living in the Kent country side.

Taking a deeper look into who Jennifer Juan is, she graduated from the university of Greenwich in 2013 and began sharing her work on her personal website as well as social media, posting her poems and film projects.

In 2017, Jennifer began producing a weekly podcast, sharing her poems and insights into her writing techniques. She released her poems over several books. She has written ‘Home Wrecker” and began releasing her debut single “Past Preston” while working on her latest project “Drowning in Us” which we have seen unveil itself over this year.

I want you all to get to know Jennifer Juan better, so here are a list of her links.

A bit of a background to 27, with a white lighter

This is Juan’s fifth major collection and, in her own words, is ‘the most open and honest I’ve ever been’. This collection of contemporary poetry covers themes as varied as love and romance, the meaning of life, drugs, sexuality, Brexit, and a whole lot more.

Genre: Poetry

Number of Poems in the Collection: 40

Publication Date: 3 December 2018 (available to pre-order)

My thoughts

After not knowing who Jennifer was, I could only make my judgement on this book and her poems alone, and I’ll tell you what, Jennifer did a marvelous job at making me feel who she is!
I was a little confused about the images she included in the book because I can’t see a connection between photo and poem, but I loved her poems one of my favourites being Rainforest.

I love her quirky style. I definitely relate to the annoyance of someone coughing, my partner does the most unnecessary dramatic cough and it’s true, I do spend a few hours with that on my mind!
I think Jennifer’s use of metaphors are very unique and effective and some of the language is particularly interesting. Another one of my favourites is Rollercoaster.

I think that these poems are really well thought out and are relatable to a lot of people going through heartbreak or uneasiness about the future. If you are into the whole Brexit thing too, I definitely recommend that you pre-order this book are head out and purchase this on December 3rd.

I’m definitely going to check out Jennifer’s other books, her quick wit, quirky responses and her relatable stories have definitely captured me.

That is the end of my review on 27, with a white lighter. I want to say a huge thank you for the opportunity to review this book.

This book is being released on December 3rd you can pre-order now I will leave a link to her Amazon here it is also links at the top of this post as well.

Thank you all so much for reading I hope you have enjoyed this post if you have be sure to leave a like and comment below.

I will be back tomorrow with a new recipe I look forward to seeing you all there.

Sending you all my love,

A x



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