Mini Book Reviews

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It (MG)

by Gail Carson Levine

This collection of false apology poems (where the poem comes from someone who is not sorry at all) covers a range of topics from sibling fights to fairy tales to nursery rhymes and beyond.

I didn’t know what to expect when I discovered this book at my library, but I thought it was a lot of fun. The form of the false apology poem is simple—not intimidating for someone who thinks they don’t like poetry or who has never been introduced to it. I laughed at several of the poems, and the whole book is very lighthearted, though each poem is confessing to something rather terrible. I don’t think it’s on a level with some of Levine’s other work, but it’s worth reading if you like her style (or if you like people saying harsh things in an apologetic way).

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