Reading Fragile Strings by Arushi Vats is like going through a private journal of an adolescent girl, who pours her heart onto the pages of her little journal she stashes away from the world. The coming-of-age collection of poems takes you through the different phases a girl goes through when she meets a boy.
The book begins with a poem that depicts the girl’s hesitation in letting her guard down and trusting another person with her heart and quickly escalates to poems that indicate trouble in paradise, lies, and the turmoil that heartbreak brings with it. The book eventually heads in the direction of forgiveness and healing.
You can easily relate to the emotions in the poems and most of us have been through it all, however, the composition is less like a poem and more like just thoughts put on paper. The poet has attempted either blank or free verse, however, even those styles have a certain rhythm, which is absent in this collection.
As a person who loves classic as well as contemporary poetry, I didn’t exactly fall head-over-heels in love with this book, but I’ve noticed that many other reviewers have, so I guess it may appeal to certain readers, such as young adults who are going through the jitters or first love or their first heartache.
A review copy of this book was provided by the poet. The review, however, is honest and unbiased.