• Amy Littleford

Book Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

I only recently discovered Sabrina Benaim through a friend on Instagram and I fell in love with her spoken words which I found on Youtube. She has a way of speaking that entrances me and I can't help but listen to her every word.

A lot of the poems I've listened to her perform are in this book and as I read them I could hear her in my head and it made it a lot more enjoyable knowing how she wanted her poetry to be read/heard. My favourite piece has to be 'explaining my depression to my mother' because of how much I can relate to it. It may not be my mum but generally people who don't understand depression.

I think Sabrina has done an amazing job to highlight such an important topic within her book and she is helping to end a stigma that needs to be challenged.

You are probably wondering why I only gave it 3.5 stars. I did have a few problems when reading this book. Firstly, have schools stopped teaching people to use punctuation and capital letters? It seems that Rupi Kaur has started a rather annoying trend. When it came to reading the poems I hadn't heard before, it became a struggle to understand what was being said because I had to keep going back to reread things due to there being no punctuation. Being able to know when to pause really helps the flow of a poem or any piece of writing. This made some of the pieces feel bumpy. I would rather listen to her spoken words because of this. I also felt that some of the poems were meant only for Sabrina to understand. Don't get me wrong, I related to a lot of her content as I too suffer with depression. But some of them felt like you had to know certain people to get what she was saying or meaning.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and think that it is a great mascot for mental health awareness.