Helium by Rudy Francisco {Book Review}

I first discovered some of Rudy Francisco’s poetry pieces on his Instagram account and found some of them moving.

I decided to read a complete book so find more of what he has to express and maybe find some lines of relevance in my own life and the world around me.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: The letter H in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 2017

Pages: 133
Format: E-book


While the book was split into parts that focused on different topics, I struggled to find many moving pieces from each one. Maybe if the parts weren’t compacted into one book, but each had individual focus in their own books and more time was given to writing, each could find the recognition they could’ve received.

With so many topics in one, it felt like there was no true direction and made me lose meaning in it.

Many of the poems lacked context for me, even though I knew exactly which topic they fell under.

Most of the poems came across as swimming in self-pity instead of empowerment, and the love poems came across as clichéd and cheesy.

A little more thought and explanations would’ve done the poems more justice.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.31 on GoodReads. I gave it a 2.

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