Megan Fox Dives Into ‘Complicated’ Relationships in Raw New Book of Poems: Read an Excerpt (Exclusive)

Megan Fox is sharing what she’s learned about navigating relationships.

Pretty Boys Are Poisonous, the star’s first book of poems, debuts on Tuesday, taking inspiration from her own life as well as her imagination.

“It comes from a lot of places,” Fox tells PEOPLE. “Some of it is literal, while other parts are allegorical. Some poems contain a Grimm’s-fairy-tale-type element, and others serve the same purpose as memes in online culture.”

“All of it,” she says, “is something women can relate to.”

Fox says she turned to writing her “whole life” after finding an outlet that her performing career never provided. (This book, she said in an August statement, gave her “freedom” after a lifetime of “keeping the secrets of men.”)

“Acting doesn’t really allow me to express myself fully in the way writing does because I’m reading someone else’s words under someone else’s direction,” the Jennifer’s Body actress says. “Poetry gives me a space to experience some catharsis through art.”