Really, It’s Delicious: A review of ‘Candy Pizza’ by Charlotte Cuevas

23154932Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Candy Pizza, the debut poetry collection by Charlotte Cuevas, is a funky-fresh celebration of growing up on your own terms. At once brimming with the bitter humor of an adult and the vulnerable honesty of a child, it’s everything you wish you could’ve read when you were growing up: advice on how to not be stupid, when to use swear words, how to deal with mood swings, how to keep your inner child alive, and more. Cuevas positively cartwheels down the line between juvenile irreverence and technical skill, ensuring that each venture down the rabbit hole is relatable, fun, and poignantly satisfying.

About Charlotte Cuevas (also from Goodreads):

Charlotte Cuevas is a children’s librarian currently residing in Orlando, Florida. She teaches middle school courses on Writing and Spanish and sneaks poetry into the curriculum whenever possible. She considers herself incredibly honored to play a role in shaping the academic and artistic lives of her students, but she keeps a whoopee cushion in her desk for emergencies and cannot resist participating in a good game of dodge ball. When she’s not wrangling kids she can generally be found reading on a bench in the park or eating mass quantities of junk food while watching Netflix. Her 365 Poetry Project can be found at

You can connect with Charlotte on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads.  And I hear she may be starting a new writing project soon, so you probably want to get on board to follow that!

My review:

I give Candy Pizza by Charlotte Cuevas 5 out of 5 stars. (Wha–? I know, never happens).

Poetry that’s fun and healthy, indeed! Cuevas captured my attention from the introductory lines, “Candy pizza is disgusting, let me just tell you that right off,” to the last words, “There are things which cannot be written.” ‘Candy Pizza’ is a great collection of poetry: relatable, and easy to read and process. Cuevas’ voice is consistent throughout the anthology, but her poems vary in form, so there’s never a boring moment.

I look forward to reading more of Cuevas’ work in the future, and highly recommend Candy Pizza to – well, pretty much anyone looking for some fun and healthy poetry.

Also, go buy it. You won’t regret it.


2 thoughts on “Really, It’s Delicious: A review of ‘Candy Pizza’ by Charlotte Cuevas

  1. Aww, thanks so much for this, Lydia! It means a lot to me! Amazon is being super slow about shipping my order to me but it should be here within a day or two now so it’ll be along to you soon, promise!


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