Literature Reviews

Poetry Review: Love & Misadventure

love and misadventure

Rating: ★★★★★

Title: Love & Misadventure

Author: Lang Leav

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: 26 Sept. 2013

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Where to buy: Love & Misadventure

Summary: “Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights through to the devastating plunge.” (Source: Goodreads)


Love & Misadventure completely conveys what it is like to be in love and to have lost it. Lang Leav constructs their poems so beautifully that I am left stunned by each poem. At times, Leav expresses such hopelessness in so little words, through imagery, repetition, and infinite allegory. Then, at other times, Leav completely captured what love can be – terrifying, enlightening, and dizzying. Love & Misadventure is mostly written in verse, but there are a few prose poems which are quite frankly devastating to read.

Why did I read it?

I picked up a copy while I was browsing in Waterstone’s, and I flicked through quickly and instantly fell in love some of the poems. I knew it had to be bought. The title was also intriguing, I had not heard of the word misadventure until reading Leav’s title. You learn something new every day!

Does the author have other works? 

Lang Leav has three other poetry collections: Lullabies, Memories, and The Universe of Us. In addition to poetry, Lang Leav has recently released her first novel – Sad Girls.


I am shaken by Love & Misadventure entirely. It is a collection of poetry that I will hold close to my heart.

– Melissa Jennings

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