Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day

Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day

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Book Review of Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a full book of poetry! I thoroughly enjoy reading poetry occasionally, but I usually just read one or two at a time. Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day has poems ranging from angry to lighthearted. Her emotions stand out as raw and real.


Chatterbox is a collection of one hundred and ten poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales and dolls, the Garden of Eden, and the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths and mice, dogs and horses, roosters and crows, oranges and apples, the moon and the sun.

A creative force, exploding after decades of silence, inspires the Chatterbox poems. The poet struggles to attend to a Muse that wakes her each morning, urging her to capture a spirit igniting inside her. The poet observes her own life as it falls apart and fragments then miraculously turns her outward toward others.

Whose heart hasn’t cracked open and broken? Do any of us withstand the pain and transcend to the other side? Can we leave betrayal and abandonment behind without bitterness and resentment? Can we move on and find our true soaring spirits? Chatterbox answers these questions with a resounding, yes!”


My Book Review:

When I was in high school, I was on the staff of the school magazine. Each year we printed a book of poetry, short stories, and artwork all written and created by students. I loved it! It may have helped that I had a few of my poems included in the book. Needless to say, I enjoy reading (and writing) poetry. So when Sandy Day asked me if I’d review her poetry book, I had to say yes.

There are 110 poems, and each of them is filled with emotion. I love how she uses imagery and descriptive words. Sandy writes in a way that allows her emotions to be fully felt by the reader. I tended to be drawn to the more lighthearted poems, but there are poems that cover a full range of emotions.

I thought it was clever how she wrote about things we all know about like Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel. The Hansel and Gretel poems were a bit on the angrier side, but the ideas were clever. Creamsicle was one of my favorites:

I know this is the delicious part, like the sweet ice-cream

‘neath the tangy orange dip, before the stick (wooden and

Stale, which my teeth need to chew).

So I savour this part—

like a hot summer day, soaking up sun, my toes in the cool

lake, stickiness on my fingers and tongue.

Just saying, love’s awesome!  

If you’re in a poetry state of mind, this book is for you, especially if you feel angry or raw emotion.


Content Rating RRating: R (There are a bunch of poems with “f” words in them, and others have adult themes.)

Age Recommendation: Adult

Rating: 3.5/5

3.5 Star Rating

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Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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[Book Review] Fred’s Funeral by Sandy Day

Fred's Funeral by Sandy Day

[Book Review] Fred's Funeral by Sandy Day

Have you ever imagined what it will be like when you die? Will you watch your loved ones say goodbye? How about attending your own funeral? Do you think those left behind will follow your wishes? Will they tell an accurate story of your life? I’m excited to share with you this book review of Fred’s Funeral by Sandy Day!


Fred Sadler has just died of old age. It’s 1986, seventy years after he marched off to WWI, and the ghost of Fred Sadler hovers near the ceiling of the nursing home. To Fred’s dismay, the arrangement of his funeral falls to his prudish sister-in-law, Viola. As she dominates the remembrance of Fred, he agonizes over his inability to set the record straight.

Was old Uncle Fred really suffering from shell shock? Why was he locked up most of his life in the Whitby Hospital for the Insane? Could his family not have done more for him?

Fred’s memories of his life as a child, his family’s hotel, the War, and the mental hospital, clash with Viola’s version of events as the family gathers on a rainy October night to pay their respects.


My Review:

I can honestly say that I have not ever considered whether or not I would attend my own funeral from the other side. Hmmmm…..would you? Would it be awkward to watch your loved ones crying, or not crying? In Fred’s Funeral, Fred does not pass over to the other side. He’s stuck in between mortal life and the afterlife. Therefore, he sees his sister-in-law and nephew come and pick up his meager belongings. He also sees them purchase a second-hand suit, that’s too big for him, as his final earthly attire. What is going on? Why is he not moving on?

Unfortunately for Fred, he will endure several more days of this, culminating in the family’s discussion about him after his funeral.  His sister-in-law Viola answers most of the questions because she’s the only one that knew him. As the reader you feel bad for Fred because Viola answers so many things incorrectly. He doesn’t understand why her version and his are so different. Did his family lie to him about what was really going on? Is some of it related to the reason behind his family abandoning him?

Fred’s Funeral is not a very long book, but it packs a punch! The story easily transitions between past and present, and takes the reader on a journey through Fred Sadler’s life. I liked Sandy’s writing style; she brought the past to life in this book. The characters are well developed and realistic, yet they aren’t too likable. One reason I think they aren’t amiable is because the reader sees them through Fred’s experiences with them. Sadly, those experiences definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth.

One big take-away I gained from this book was the importance of caring for and loving each other. It’s important to get to know people, especially those in your family. Even if you’re single, those nieces and nephews need you, and you need them. Seeing Fred die alone without relationships with any of his family members broke my heart. The other thing I took away from this book was how mental health awareness has changed over the years. There has been such a negative stigma attached to mental health throughout history, and it’s time for that to change. Thankfully, we know more now than we did fifty or seventy-five years ago, and we learn more every day.

Overall, I enjoyed Fred’s Funeral. It may not win for happiest book, but it has a lot of strong points and acts as a great conversation starter. If you want your correct story to be told, tell it yourself, live it!


Content Rating RRating: R (There’s no “intimacy,” and no violence, but there is quite a bit of profanity and adult themes.)

Age Recommendation: Adult

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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