Blurb: There is so much that Stevie doesn’t know. She doesn’t know about all the fish in the sea. She doesn’t know all the constellations of the stars. And she doesn’t know why she feels this way about Chloe.
It’s in my chest
and sometimes in my tummy
and always in my head
It’s a fizzy feeling
and I don’t know what it is
Title: The Deepest Breath
Author: Meg Grehan
Publisher: Little Island
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Poetry
This story follows eleven year old Stevie as she enters the confusing world of having your first crush. What throws her even more is that she thinks that she’s crushing on her friend, Chloe. But their both girls and Stevie’s not quite sure if that’s ok.
This book is truly so very beautiful. It’s written with a lot of heart and tenderly explores what it’s like to have a first crush, but also to not really be sure if it’s ok. We experience the story from Stevie’s point of view and she’s such a sweet character that at certain points I just wanted to stop and give her a big hug. It’s heart breaking to see how children feel bad or out of places and there are some points in this book when my heart ached for her. There are also some really tender moments, particularly Stevie’s conversation with the librarian and the following conversation with her mother. There’s also a lovely message for readers who struggle with anxiety/fear of the unknown as Stevie experiences this too and there’s mention of a few coping mechanisms that others may find helpful.
Also, as this is poetry, it’s a nice quick read and I managed to finish it in about an hour meaning that it’s a lovely morning/evening read when you want something heart warming. I feel like this also makes it a good option for those who are reluctant readers as there aren’t many words on each page. As well as that, if you’re not a poetry fan I wouldn’t be put off from reading this. I enjoyed it so much that I often found that I wasn’t concentrating on that and it’s not a work of heavy poetry that confuses and is full of metaphors which I appreciated.
As for what I disliked about this book, there wasn’t anything that springs to mind. I would have liked to know what happened next for Stevie and Chloe but there is definitely something to be said for leaving their future open ended. It’s a nice way to symbolise that anything is possible.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to any poetry fans or those who enjoy LGBT representation. I feel like this book would be a helpful one for any children who are starting to question their feelings as it’s a wonderfully written way to reassure them that what they’re feeling is normal.
Have you read this book? Have you read anything similar? What did you think? 📚