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Like finding a four leaf clover, breaking a fortune cookie, wishing on a shooting star, or blowing a dandelion, this collection is written from a place of hope. Life presents a multitude of moments we hope work in our favor. One moment has us building a fortress of daydreams and anticipation, and the next it may come crumbling down. Yet, no matter how many times our hopes f Like finding a four leaf clover, breaking a fortune cookie, wishing on a shooting star, or blowing a dandelion, this collection is written from a place of hope. Life presents a multitude of moments we hope work in our favor. One moment has us building a fortress of daydreams and anticipation, and the next it may come crumbling down. Yet, no matter how many times our hopes fall, we seem to be able to rebuild them again and again. i am tired of being a dandelion explores the spectrum of hope in romance and self love, along with the hope to grow to become the best version of oneself.


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Like finding a four leaf clover, breaking a fortune cookie, wishing on a shooting star, or blowing a dandelion, this collection is written from a place of hope. Life presents a multitude of moments we hope work in our favor. One moment has us building a fortress of daydreams and anticipation, and the next it may come crumbling down. Yet, no matter how many times our hopes f Like finding a four leaf clover, breaking a fortune cookie, wishing on a shooting star, or blowing a dandelion, this collection is written from a place of hope. Life presents a multitude of moments we hope work in our favor. One moment has us building a fortress of daydreams and anticipation, and the next it may come crumbling down. Yet, no matter how many times our hopes fall, we seem to be able to rebuild them again and again. i am tired of being a dandelion explores the spectrum of hope in romance and self love, along with the hope to grow to become the best version of oneself.

30 review for i am tired of being a dandelion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    i am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick is a beautiful collection of prose that speaks to the infinite capacity for hope. I was immediately struck by the profundity of the author's sharp observations about our collective longing for love and acceptance, particularly within one's self. Yes, we are all familiar with the feelings that take root from being knocked down, but the opportunity to rise again is never out of reach. This is a collection that I will return to again and again for t i am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick is a beautiful collection of prose that speaks to the infinite capacity for hope. I was immediately struck by the profundity of the author's sharp observations about our collective longing for love and acceptance, particularly within one's self. Yes, we are all familiar with the feelings that take root from being knocked down, but the opportunity to rise again is never out of reach. This is a collection that I will return to again and again for the reminder that we must never lose hope on the journey to becoming the best version of ourselves. Many thanks to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the opportunity to read an ARC of this collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Henderson

    I really enjoyed this!! I could relate to so much in this book, the themes really struck a chord with me. Being single in your 30s and having that feeling 'of the one that got away' really resonated with me. I really liked how this book was structured too - small chunks. This was really east to read and I just loved it!!! I really enjoyed this!! I could relate to so much in this book, the themes really struck a chord with me. Being single in your 30s and having that feeling 'of the one that got away' really resonated with me. I really liked how this book was structured too - small chunks. This was really east to read and I just loved it!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This collection reminds me of myself when I used to write so many lines of my confused feelings when it comes to stories, the people around me and the things going on during my high school days. Short and easy to read. Relatable when it comes to young love and school days. Some lines sound repetitive and too cliché. Thanks for the advance reader copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon O'Connor

    wow. wow. wow. This collection was AMAZING. like I absolutely love Zane's poetry but wow he really knocked this one out of the park. So soft and heartbreaking but uplifting. You take a journey with him throughout this collection that you don't want to miss out on. "you see I love it when, I meet you in my dreams now I always get to be the first to leave" This stanza killed me in such a great way. I loved this book and you definitely will too. wow. wow. wow. This collection was AMAZING. like I absolutely love Zane's poetry but wow he really knocked this one out of the park. So soft and heartbreaking but uplifting. You take a journey with him throughout this collection that you don't want to miss out on. "you see I love it when, I meet you in my dreams now I always get to be the first to leave" This stanza killed me in such a great way. I loved this book and you definitely will too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Leigh

    So good and can't wait for the new edition!! So good and can't wait for the new edition!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    patrizia

    it's not common that you chance upon a poetry collection so confessionary it seems like someone picked up a pen, crawled into the cavern of your psyche and pulled out its contents to commit to paper. 'a slow, sweet burn' says it best - i blazed through these with a humming heart and bated breath as i bookmarked one bar after another, delighted by the discrete and daintily-honed drawings that derive from and drive home the dimmed warmth of Frederick's words. Frederick flips through forms with fic it's not common that you chance upon a poetry collection so confessionary it seems like someone picked up a pen, crawled into the cavern of your psyche and pulled out its contents to commit to paper. 'a slow, sweet burn' says it best - i blazed through these with a humming heart and bated breath as i bookmarked one bar after another, delighted by the discrete and daintily-honed drawings that derive from and drive home the dimmed warmth of Frederick's words. Frederick flips through forms with fickle finesse, weighing his words exactly and earnestly to evoke sentiments with a simplicity that is soft-hearted and sure-footed and sparks a swell of sympathy in its reader - the raw recognition refracted by the emphatic section on solitude speaks to my rating, and i'll be returning to rip into it again. thank you to netgalley and central avenue publishing for kindly passing on this arc! 💫

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rhiley Jade

    4.5/5 stars!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Misako Yamazaki

    This poetry collection is absolutely stunning. It is definitely a step up from (he)art. and Zane exemplifies so well the story of perpetual heartbreak we single people too often feel. Reading this poetry collection felt like reading a story, which is not something a lot of poetry books do. Often, there are poems that are about many different things and so there is no story or narrative woven into the order of poems in a given book. In i am tired of being a dandelion, however, it really did read This poetry collection is absolutely stunning. It is definitely a step up from (he)art. and Zane exemplifies so well the story of perpetual heartbreak we single people too often feel. Reading this poetry collection felt like reading a story, which is not something a lot of poetry books do. Often, there are poems that are about many different things and so there is no story or narrative woven into the order of poems in a given book. In i am tired of being a dandelion, however, it really did read like I was following a story of heartbreak, longing, and that seemingly eternal feeling that one may be "forever alone." However, the journey of this book isn't completely melancholy or sad. There's a message of hope that this loneliness won't last forever--even though it seems that way--and we will eventually find someone to spend our time with, someone who will be worth our time. I loved this poetry book so much not only because of the beautiful words (and illustrations!), but also because it proves that writing is a continual work in progress. Zane has improved his writing, and he will continue to do so--as will all writers. Writing is never going to be perfect, but it always strives to be. As far as Zane's writing & poetic talent are concerned, there's nowhere else to go but up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Alpizar Paez

    Thanks to Netgally and Central Avenue Publishing for letting me read this in advance. Feelings, I have a lot of feelings that’s all I can say. I am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick is a collection of poems about love, loveless, hopeless and being hopeful again. It is about how we are broken and reconstructed again, it is about the pain and the fear of trusting again. It is about accepting yourself and understanding that you are perfect the way you are, and no matter how many bad rela Thanks to Netgally and Central Avenue Publishing for letting me read this in advance. Feelings, I have a lot of feelings that’s all I can say. I am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick is a collection of poems about love, loveless, hopeless and being hopeful again. It is about how we are broken and reconstructed again, it is about the pain and the fear of trusting again. It is about accepting yourself and understanding that you are perfect the way you are, and no matter how many bad relationships you have had, there is going to be a person that loves just how you are, with your imperfections and the best of you. This is a book to return every time you don't feel good with yourself and fall in love with yourself again and again. I definitely will return to this just to be loved the way I deserved to be. 5/5 stars, and a million more, this book deserves so much love. ------------ Sentimientos, tengo muchos sentimientos y lágrimas, es todo lo que puedo decir. I am tired of being a dandelion por Zane Frederick es una colección de poemas acerca del amor y el desamor, la esperanza y la desesperación. Es acerca de cómo nos rompen y como nos reconstruimos de nuevo; es acerca del dolor y el miedo de confiar de nuevo en alguien más; es acerca de aceptar las cosas como son y aceptarse a uno mismo y entender que eres perfecto de la forma en la que eres, que no importa cuantas malas relaciones hayas tenido, siempre encontrarás a aquella persona que te amará con tus altos y bajos. Este libro es uno de esos en los que regresas cada que te sientes mal contigo mismo y en el cual te enamoras de ti una vez que terminas. Sin duda regresaré a este mi lugar feliz. 5/5 estrellas y un millón más por que este libro merece más cariño.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lyzz

    Title: I am tired of being a dandelion Author & Illustrator: Zane Frederick Genre: Poetry Pages: 173 Publication Date: 3/23/2021 Zane Frederick’s book of poetry focuses on a young love lost and the mourning that happens after it. It is divided into two parts – Hope Less and Hope Full. If I had to describe this book with one word it would be angst. This book took me back to my teenage bedroom listening to Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill on repeat. It reminded me of what it felt like to endle Title: I am tired of being a dandelion Author & Illustrator: Zane Frederick Genre: Poetry Pages: 173 Publication Date: 3/23/2021 Zane Frederick’s book of poetry focuses on a young love lost and the mourning that happens after it. It is divided into two parts – Hope Less and Hope Full. If I had to describe this book with one word it would be angst. This book took me back to my teenage bedroom listening to Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill on repeat. It reminded me of what it felt like to endlessly replay events in my head and hope for a different outcome. It made me remember what it felt like to think I would never find love again. And how long the heartache lasted. I would recommend this book of poetry to anyone who wants to be transported back to their angsty years (maybe you are still in them). This poetry helped me connect with my emotions that raged when I was a teenager and had my heart broken. It is amazing what these short turbulent poems and beautiful illustrations can make you feel. I will definitely check out future poetry collections by this author. ARC provided to me by Central Avenue Publishing, via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review. #iamtiredofbeingadandelion #NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Goodwin

    Once again, Zane has blown me away with his second book, “i am tired of being a dandelion”! A huge fan of his first, “(he)art.”, I had high hopes for this one. Zane didn’t disappoint as he took me on a rollar coaster in the breeze of poems about love and heartbreak. One of the things I loved about “(he)art.” was his style of writing, so I was ecstatic to fall in love with it all over again in this book! But of course, Zane surprised me with his imagery and most of all, DIVERSITY. Between the diffe Once again, Zane has blown me away with his second book, “i am tired of being a dandelion”! A huge fan of his first, “(he)art.”, I had high hopes for this one. Zane didn’t disappoint as he took me on a rollar coaster in the breeze of poems about love and heartbreak. One of the things I loved about “(he)art.” was his style of writing, so I was ecstatic to fall in love with it all over again in this book! But of course, Zane surprised me with his imagery and most of all, DIVERSITY. Between the different lengths, themes, and messages, all tied together with the strings of his heart, I feel as though “i am tired of being a dandelion” set the bar a bit higher in all the right ways. There’s solid emotions in each poem with their own little stories to tell. And when they overlap just a bit, it brings the whole book together in a beautiful flow that I can only describe as feeling a cool breeze brushing through my hair while I stand in a blooming field of flowers beneath a clear blue sky. Quite the imagery, huh? I suppose my mind and heart are still floating along the edge of his poems. Let’s just say this won’t be a book—or a poet—I’m going to forget!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I was unfamiliar with Zane Frederick and his work before coming across this collection of poetry ‘I Am Tired of Being A Dandelion’; however, I found the description ‘exploring the spectrum of hope’ to be intriguing. Split into two parts: Hope Less and Hope Full – Zane’s poetry is a journey of love, loss, loneliness, longing, self-growth, self-love and recovery. I haven’t read anything quite so powerful or meaningful in a long time. Some of the poems really spoke to me (like he’d taken the words I was unfamiliar with Zane Frederick and his work before coming across this collection of poetry ‘I Am Tired of Being A Dandelion’; however, I found the description ‘exploring the spectrum of hope’ to be intriguing. Split into two parts: Hope Less and Hope Full – Zane’s poetry is a journey of love, loss, loneliness, longing, self-growth, self-love and recovery. I haven’t read anything quite so powerful or meaningful in a long time. Some of the poems really spoke to me (like he’d taken the words from my own heart) and I’m sure would do the same for many others, as the experiences he discusses are so universal. ‘I Am Tired of Being A Dandelion’ is a beautiful little book which has rejuvenated my love of poetry. One to return to again and again – I’ve already pre-ordered my copy! I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    BooksAndRae

    Thank you so much to the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely adored this collection! So many of the poems were so close to home for me and were in general just beautiful to read. A few of my favourite poems to read were: vacancy if i were to meet you downtown blueprint for the broken eventually how the scars healed I thought the lack of capitalisation in the poems worked really well and the imagery, especially the flower imagery, was wonde Thank you so much to the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely adored this collection! So many of the poems were so close to home for me and were in general just beautiful to read. A few of my favourite poems to read were: vacancy if i were to meet you downtown blueprint for the broken eventually how the scars healed I thought the lack of capitalisation in the poems worked really well and the imagery, especially the flower imagery, was wonderful. This is definitely a poetry collection that I will be buying for myself and will continue to come back to and read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. Some of the metaphors and similes were incredibly powerful and poignant. I definitely gravitated more towards his longer poems than his vignette style ones. My favourites in this collection: - where hope lives - iridescent - uncertainty - rapunzel cuts her hair - sleeping hungry - self-discipline - rooted - i can't remember if you winked at me - in the snow - silver lining - our forte - searching for signs - just getting started - i've been to the sun once * Thank yo I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. Some of the metaphors and similes were incredibly powerful and poignant. I definitely gravitated more towards his longer poems than his vignette style ones. My favourites in this collection: - where hope lives - iridescent - uncertainty - rapunzel cuts her hair - sleeping hungry - self-discipline - rooted - i can't remember if you winked at me - in the snow - silver lining - our forte - searching for signs - just getting started - i've been to the sun once * Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    I am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick is a lovely collection of poems that connected with me so much. I'm blown away and so impressed with this series of poems. It honestly felt like Zane was in my head and reading off my deepest thoughts from my personal heartbreaks and best hopes. It's a mesmerizing set of poems that I really love and highly recommend. I love dipping into poetry for this very reason: the emotions and connections these pieces of artwork can make. It's incredible. Fou I am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick is a lovely collection of poems that connected with me so much. I'm blown away and so impressed with this series of poems. It honestly felt like Zane was in my head and reading off my deepest thoughts from my personal heartbreaks and best hopes. It's a mesmerizing set of poems that I really love and highly recommend. I love dipping into poetry for this very reason: the emotions and connections these pieces of artwork can make. It's incredible. Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Simon

    I truly loved this poetry collection. Not only is Zane’s book full of beautiful and heart-wrenching poetry, but it also feels like it tells a story in the way it presents the poems. So many lines in this amazing book stuck out to me, and Zane writes about heartbreak and unrequited love in such a memorable way. The book is filled with countless creative metaphors, and I also loved the little illustrations that went along with the poems. Definitely recommend this poetry book, especially to those w I truly loved this poetry collection. Not only is Zane’s book full of beautiful and heart-wrenching poetry, but it also feels like it tells a story in the way it presents the poems. So many lines in this amazing book stuck out to me, and Zane writes about heartbreak and unrequited love in such a memorable way. The book is filled with countless creative metaphors, and I also loved the little illustrations that went along with the poems. Definitely recommend this poetry book, especially to those who are waiting for love.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cash

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this Arc in exchange for a honest review... This was a lovely collection of poetry. I had seen some of Zane Frederick's poems on social media and I enjoyed it. I found it easy to relate and connect with, I like the illustrations that went with the poems, they were really cute and simple. My favourites were: - On Track - Just Getting Started - Empty-handed I really loved these ones, and I can't wait to read more of Zane's work! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this Arc in exchange for a honest review... This was a lovely collection of poetry. I had seen some of Zane Frederick's poems on social media and I enjoyed it. I found it easy to relate and connect with, I like the illustrations that went with the poems, they were really cute and simple. My favourites were: - On Track - Just Getting Started - Empty-handed I really loved these ones, and I can't wait to read more of Zane's work!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lis Molina

    Wow I was so excited to read this book since last year. This was an early copy (ARC) but this book release date was yesterday. What can I say this is poemary fill with the nostalgic of those first loves and those first experiences related to love, and self care and growing up. In a personal perspective I could relate to some of the poems, other give me memories of old songs and bring me back to people of my past. This book is full of very beautiful metaphors and it's beautiful. I enjoy it so much. Wow I was so excited to read this book since last year. This was an early copy (ARC) but this book release date was yesterday. What can I say this is poemary fill with the nostalgic of those first loves and those first experiences related to love, and self care and growing up. In a personal perspective I could relate to some of the poems, other give me memories of old songs and bring me back to people of my past. This book is full of very beautiful metaphors and it's beautiful. I enjoy it so much.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea DeVries

    Sometimes you read a poetry book that blows you away and ironically like a Dandelion that was what this collection did for me. It ripped me wide open and cradled my heart with soft feathery hands and poems about young love, fairytales, past loves, memories of love, unrequited love, and self-love. One thing is certain and hard to ignore: this author was destined to be a poet and i can't wait for more. Sometimes you read a poetry book that blows you away and ironically like a Dandelion that was what this collection did for me. It ripped me wide open and cradled my heart with soft feathery hands and poems about young love, fairytales, past loves, memories of love, unrequited love, and self-love. One thing is certain and hard to ignore: this author was destined to be a poet and i can't wait for more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Veronika

    great poetry book. sometimes cheesy, but great. i highly recommend it. captures the struggles of moving on perfectly. i hope it's okay if i post one of my favourite poems for reference. i am afraid to make you laugh and hear harmonies that lift me high enough to run my fingers through the milky way and tell all of jupiter's moons that i migh get to bring you up here with me great poetry book. sometimes cheesy, but great. i highly recommend it. captures the struggles of moving on perfectly. i hope it's okay if i post one of my favourite poems for reference. i am afraid to make you laugh and hear harmonies that lift me high enough to run my fingers through the milky way and tell all of jupiter's moons that i migh get to bring you up here with me

  21. 5 out of 5

    Georgi_Lvs_Books

    A poetry collection on hope in romance, self love and with hope to grow in becoming the best version of yourself. I had a few favourites from this collection, a lot I didn’t enjoy personally or connect with. You don’t have to wait For New Year’s Day To start again August has plenty of room For you to be brand new Calendars will change But you don’t have to You can grow at your own pace No matter the date If you like poetry, this is a collection you might want to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Artie Carden

    i am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick is like a queer poetry book for those that loved Milk & Honey, but with some poetry structure and rhyming schemes. Mainly written over one summer he spent in New York City, you can feel the journey of falling in love, being heartbroken and learning how to live with yourself and be your own best friend. Only 100 pages and in accessible language, pretty doodles and scribbled notes. This is one I would buy if I had the money!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Lee

    As a fellow enthusiast for poetry without capital letters, this collection fits my taste perfectly. These poems are full of the metaphors I enjoy, rather than stark descriptions of reality as-is. I think that makes the poetry easier to connect to on a personal level, as symbolism is often semi-universal in nature. (Also, dandelions are my favorite flower, so I automatically liked the way this book wove them in.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Zane Frederick’s collection of poetry is so full of heartbreak and hope in equal measure. I like how the phrasings are so relatable without trying to be overtly poetic but still stir your own emotions as poetry should. This is my first time reading this poet’s work but it won’t be my last because the entire collection never ceases to embrace acceptance and hope that the next day will always be better than the day before. Gorgeously optimistic and heartfelt.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Thank you NetGalley & central avenue publishing for this Earc in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this book! I really resonated with a lot of the poems, especially those about past love and moving on. I definitely can see myself re reading these poems in the future because they were that good

  26. 4 out of 5

    Des

    5,86 on CAWPILE The publisher kindly provided me with an arc through netgalley. While I did enjoy this collection of poems there were also lots that just didn't do much for me. I always find it hard to rate poetry because it's just so personal. There were some beautiful ones though that I will definitely come back and think off sometimes. 5,86 on CAWPILE The publisher kindly provided me with an arc through netgalley. While I did enjoy this collection of poems there were also lots that just didn't do much for me. I always find it hard to rate poetry because it's just so personal. There were some beautiful ones though that I will definitely come back and think off sometimes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Soraya Flynn

    Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for an e-arc. The author takes us through his thoughts and feelings in the aftermath of unrequited love. It’s definitely a journey in which by the end there is certainly hope. This wasn’t my favourite collection of poetry as I didn’t connect much to these words. However, poetry is so personal that it may not be applicable to others.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)

    I went into this poetry book with no expectations and it was an okay book. There were some poems that hit very close to home and others that seemed like the author was in my head pulling the words right out of my mouth. A lot of the rest were just okay for me. Overall, it was an emotional book of poems that I would recommend. It passed the time rather well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Savannah Collins

    Made me cry! So many sweet moments that reminded me of my own life, and sad moments that made me reflect. A sweet, simple poem book that made me feel something within. Found this book from the author on TikTok, and I’m so glad that I ordered!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joann Schatz

    Welp, this one got me. It was so extremely vulnerable and real and soft. Nearly every page hit me. The author's emotions were so intense and they really transferred off the page into my reality. It was extremely impactful and profound. I loved it SO MUCH. Welp, this one got me. It was so extremely vulnerable and real and soft. Nearly every page hit me. The author's emotions were so intense and they really transferred off the page into my reality. It was extremely impactful and profound. I loved it SO MUCH.

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