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Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me if I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder. In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics, Halsey’s poems delve into the Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me if I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder. In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics, Halsey’s poems delve into the highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and mental illness. More hand grenades than confessions, these autobiographical poems explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power. Masterful as it is raw, passionate, and profound, I Would Leave Me If I Could signals the arrival of an essential voice. Book cover painting, American Woman, by the author.


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Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me if I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder. In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics, Halsey’s poems delve into the Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me if I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder. In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics, Halsey’s poems delve into the highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and mental illness. More hand grenades than confessions, these autobiographical poems explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power. Masterful as it is raw, passionate, and profound, I Would Leave Me If I Could signals the arrival of an essential voice. Book cover painting, American Woman, by the author.

30 review for I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    ashleigh

    wowowowow what a stunning collection of poetry. Halsey's ability to capture different emotions, the beautiful and the ugly and the complicated, is masterful. I technically read through this twice, once and then again with the audiobook, marking and underlining with my pen, and tabbing my "favorites" which almost ended up being every other poem. There were lines that stopped me in my tracks because of how clearly I saw my own experiences reflected in her words. I'm so so grateful she gave us these wowowowow what a stunning collection of poetry. Halsey's ability to capture different emotions, the beautiful and the ugly and the complicated, is masterful. I technically read through this twice, once and then again with the audiobook, marking and underlining with my pen, and tabbing my "favorites" which almost ended up being every other poem. There were lines that stopped me in my tracks because of how clearly I saw my own experiences reflected in her words. I'm so so grateful she gave us these pieces of herself. before reading: if i stan anyone it’s halsey she’s posted snippets of poetry before and her lyrics are *chef’s kiss* so i know this’ll be good.

  2. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    "LISTEN And then yell at the top of your lungs. Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues, for the people who had to grow up way too young, there is work to be done, there are songs to be sung, Lord knows there's a war to be won." representation: Black author. [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ★★★★ NOW THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE POETRY. none of those simple sentences broken up by hitting the space bar. These were COMPLEX with their structure and wordpla "LISTEN And then yell at the top of your lungs. Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues, for the people who had to grow up way too young, there is work to be done, there are songs to be sung, Lord knows there's a war to be won." representation: Black author. [trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers] ★★★★ NOW THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE POETRY. none of those simple sentences broken up by hitting the space bar. These were COMPLEX with their structure and wordplay. This was probably the best poetry collection I've read (and I'm not a poetry fan to begin with!). trigger warnings: rape and sexual abuse, drugs, abusive relationships, miscarriage.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    I've been kinda in awe of Halsey for years now so of course I'm gonna read this ALSO I JUST REALIZED WE'RE THE SAME AGE OR SHE'S YOUNGER SO UHHHHHHHH idk why it always weirds me out when someone I admire and respect as an artist is LITERALLY my age ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I've been kinda in awe of Halsey for years now so of course I'm gonna read this ALSO I JUST REALIZED WE'RE THE SAME AGE OR SHE'S YOUNGER SO UHHHHHHHH idk why it always weirds me out when someone I admire and respect as an artist is LITERALLY my age ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  4. 5 out of 5

    anna

    BITCH if u didn't know, halsey is my favorite human on this entire planet and I admire her writing so so much. I am beyond excited for this! nov 8 2020 as amazing as expected. rtc BITCH if u didn't know, halsey is my favorite human on this entire planet and I admire her writing so so much. I am beyond excited for this! nov 8 2020 as amazing as expected. rtc

  5. 5 out of 5

    savannah

    halsey is a great songwriter, but she is no poet. these were just painfully amateur :( it makes me wonder if she even reads poetry on her own because this is how i wrote before i started reading poetry regularly and actually became acquainted with the art. these read more like diary entries that she split apart randomly--the form was just so clumsy. also maybe i am hypercritical but don’t. do. this. when. you. want. to. emphasize. something. it has the opposite effect, at least for me. she obvio halsey is a great songwriter, but she is no poet. these were just painfully amateur :( it makes me wonder if she even reads poetry on her own because this is how i wrote before i started reading poetry regularly and actually became acquainted with the art. these read more like diary entries that she split apart randomly--the form was just so clumsy. also maybe i am hypercritical but don’t. do. this. when. you. want. to. emphasize. something. it has the opposite effect, at least for me. she obviously has some handle on language (that’s why i love her music!), but she definitely needed more practice. i would not have published this. i also don’t enjoy self-loathing poetry much anymore, so that could have contributed to why i didn’t like this. BUT i still know how to recognize when a poem is well-constructed and well-written, even when i dislike the subject matter. these poems were sadly neither.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    Halsey has been one of my favorite artists for a while now. I can't explain how happy I am to have been given the chance to read and review this. This collection brings so much of Halsey's experiences to readers. I will admit that some of these were hard to read as they explore some heavy topics (something to keep in mind). If you love her music and are looking for more then these words are definitely what you should read. I enjoyed a lot of these and there were some poems that gave me goosebump Halsey has been one of my favorite artists for a while now. I can't explain how happy I am to have been given the chance to read and review this. This collection brings so much of Halsey's experiences to readers. I will admit that some of these were hard to read as they explore some heavy topics (something to keep in mind). If you love her music and are looking for more then these words are definitely what you should read. I enjoyed a lot of these and there were some poems that gave me goosebumps and I needed to take a moment to think. So grateful to Simon & Schuster for the gifted review copy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    i love halsey and was excited to see she was releasing a poetry collection. and i enjoyed it! gonna list out some positives and negatives: positives: - you can tell she is a songwriter by her use of rhyme scheme and rhythm - she was able to explore a variety of themes in a sensitive way - i liked that this was confessional whilst also reminding me a lot of beat poetry! negatives: - repetitive at times - the work did fall into cliche quite a bit - i think many works could have done with more editing. som i love halsey and was excited to see she was releasing a poetry collection. and i enjoyed it! gonna list out some positives and negatives: positives: - you can tell she is a songwriter by her use of rhyme scheme and rhythm - she was able to explore a variety of themes in a sensitive way - i liked that this was confessional whilst also reminding me a lot of beat poetry! negatives: - repetitive at times - the work did fall into cliche quite a bit - i think many works could have done with more editing. some poems felt like maybe they should have been expanded into essays/short stories cos they didn't really work as poems. many of the poems here seem to arbitrarily structured (which i know is a trend in free verse poetry) but they maybe could have been turned into prose poetry cos it felt they were being spaced that way to make the book reach a certain number of pages

  8. 4 out of 5

    steph⁷ (semi-hiatus)

    I'm going to be very blunt: This tried to put its heart on its sleeve, its mind negotiated that sprinklings of truth were enough to make even the most faithless man regain sight. In the end, however, what is left when the illusion crumbles? That's what I ask myself when reading poetry because I do write poetry, mostly as a hobby and if there's one thing I've learnt, it's that you must be willing to line every inch of wording with honesty. How else is connection formed? Certainly not through the I'm going to be very blunt: This tried to put its heart on its sleeve, its mind negotiated that sprinklings of truth were enough to make even the most faithless man regain sight. In the end, however, what is left when the illusion crumbles? That's what I ask myself when reading poetry because I do write poetry, mostly as a hobby and if there's one thing I've learnt, it's that you must be willing to line every inch of wording with honesty. How else is connection formed? Certainly not through the partaking of quirky phrases and try hard manifestations. Anyway, all this is to say that Halsey is great as a musician and she should work with that. Yeah.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alireza Nejati

    What will be left when I have broken all of my favorite things? When the glue of sweet apologies and bat eyelashes no longer repairs them? What will be left when I have shattered it all? Carelessly, it will evade my grasp. And I will have nothing

  10. 4 out of 5

    ainsley

    4.50 stars. I love Halsey. I have loved her for a very long time, since the Badlands era. I have followed her faithfully from the Badlands, to the Kingdom, and most recently, Manic. I have all of her records on Vinyl, and waited a ridiculously long time for her candle. The point is, I might be biased, and am also not a serious poetry critic, but I love her so much that I am doing this anyways. I was quite impressed. It was really well done for first collection written by non-classically trained wr 4.50 stars. I love Halsey. I have loved her for a very long time, since the Badlands era. I have followed her faithfully from the Badlands, to the Kingdom, and most recently, Manic. I have all of her records on Vinyl, and waited a ridiculously long time for her candle. The point is, I might be biased, and am also not a serious poetry critic, but I love her so much that I am doing this anyways. I was quite impressed. It was really well done for first collection written by non-classically trained writer. I loved the gritty, sweaty-summer, california imagery and style; it was really refreshing and unique, at least for me, whose last read poetry collection was Lana Del Rey's collection with her romantic eyes. In a way, they were two sides of the same coin, but that's off topic. Halsey's poems were intense, brutal, and at times hard to read; they were wounds of various kinds, some open and bleeding, others scabby and scarred over. Some had been reopened several times, others only had to happen once. They had a very raw, human, and universal quality about them, but not the pretty, romantic universal quality. It reached the dark, sensitive underbelly that we all have but do everything to hide, crept behind the masks we put on to our most wounded, vulnerable selves. They also had a very songlike, lyrical quality about them that I loved, some even including lyrics and verses that she had put in her songs before- I loved that her songwriter-side showed. It also had the universal quality of politics and injustice- poverty, sexuality, feminism and in particular, teenage-girlhood. Not the beautiful, lolita-tinged teenage-girlhood of some poetry, though. Instead, the gross, gritty, sexual things that girls do; it was universal in that way, and I really, really liked that. However, it took a minute to get into, and some poems got really repetitive and erred on the side of fake-deep-tumblr poetry which is just sentences with weird line breaks and no devices, but it wasn't too bad and I only noticed it really strongly with a few poems; and as much as some poems were repetitive, the poems that stuck with you REALLY stuck. Overall, and excellent first collection from one of my favourite people.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Kovatch

    When all your lovers start to die. You wake alone and wonder why they left you here to document the wreckage. Halsey's I Would Leave Me If I Could is a relentless, gripping collection of poetry. It lives and breathes and chokes and heaves every sky-high and sinister fume of life. Her capacity to observe, imagine, and portray is something remarkable. It's also an excellent complement to her discography. Several of the poems draw parallels to or directly inspire some of the lyrics in Halsey's music, whic When all your lovers start to die. You wake alone and wonder why they left you here to document the wreckage. Halsey's I Would Leave Me If I Could is a relentless, gripping collection of poetry. It lives and breathes and chokes and heaves every sky-high and sinister fume of life. Her capacity to observe, imagine, and portray is something remarkable. It's also an excellent complement to her discography. Several of the poems draw parallels to or directly inspire some of the lyrics in Halsey's music, which is always fascinating to see. There's even some Badlands-era material! Content warning: there are stories in here directly depicting and/or implicating rape and abuse. Her unabashedness makes for incredibly compelling pieces, but also some particular parts that may be difficult for some readers. Be wary of these.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Thomas

    Beautiful cover! Can't wait to see this book on my shelf. Beautiful cover! Can't wait to see this book on my shelf.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    I love Halsey's music. But this poetry was...not good. It felt like unedited Tumblr posts or journal entries formatted to just look like poetry. It didn't work for me. I love Halsey's music. But this poetry was...not good. It felt like unedited Tumblr posts or journal entries formatted to just look like poetry. It didn't work for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Carlton

    I've always loved Halsey for her lyrics and was ecstatic to hear her announce this book of poetry. As a fan of her music, I was able to find pieces of songs in her poems. Some stanzas held familiar melodies but had endings with a twist. (What came first, the poem or the music?) One thing I've always loved about Halsey is that she's an open book. So many fans, myself included, have healed though her writing and this book is no exception. I admire her vulnerability, her bravery and her talent. This I've always loved Halsey for her lyrics and was ecstatic to hear her announce this book of poetry. As a fan of her music, I was able to find pieces of songs in her poems. Some stanzas held familiar melodies but had endings with a twist. (What came first, the poem or the music?) One thing I've always loved about Halsey is that she's an open book. So many fans, myself included, have healed though her writing and this book is no exception. I admire her vulnerability, her bravery and her talent. This collection of poetry is beautiful and diverse. From short lines that rhyme, to longer form prose, each word melts into your brain in the best way. Everyone can find a pice of themselves somewhere between these pages. All of that to say, I love this book very much and hope there's a sequel someday!

  15. 5 out of 5

    S A R A

    I’m really not into poetry BUT Halsey is one of my favorite human beings so you bet I’ll read this. (Also, her song lyrics, HELLO!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    First off you should definitely buy the target edition because it is beautiful. I adore Halsey and everything she stands for. This collection was beautiful and raw, she really put it all on the table. I loved that she had some of her some lyrics in here. She uses a lot of poetic metaphors and I really enjoyed that. My favorite poem was the one that she actually read at the Woman’s March it makes me cry every time I read/see it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abrudan Andi

    I WOULD give this book more than 5 stars IF I COULD. i feel like there's no rating that could capture how much i really loved this. i was excited for this from the first moment that i've seen it and i had a pretty valid reason i would say: because this was PERFECT. i can't find any bad thing about it nor i will try to because there isn't. i've learned in my literature class this semester that poetry was known as a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" and this book feels EXACTLY like this. I WOULD give this book more than 5 stars IF I COULD. i feel like there's no rating that could capture how much i really loved this. i was excited for this from the first moment that i've seen it and i had a pretty valid reason i would say: because this was PERFECT. i can't find any bad thing about it nor i will try to because there isn't. i've learned in my literature class this semester that poetry was known as a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" and this book feels EXACTLY like this. Halsey's style of writing poetry is this beautiful stream of consciousness, a very confessional style, that feels more like a putting-your-thoughts-on-paper kind of writing than actual poetry writing and i think this is better than anything because it just shows how raw and honest she can be. this book is addicting, i said that i'm gonna take it slow and i found myself reading 50 pages in the first day and then finishing it 3 days later (i am still coming back to it everyday tho) because i couldn't stop. i love all the themes she writes about and i loved the fact that she let us in with this one and i feel like i got to know so many personal aspects of her life and somehow i am closer to Ashley now, rather than Halsey. such an amazing read, i recommend this to everyone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    nikita

    Finally, Halsey is displaying her writing skills in a more broader way that reveals more hidden pieces of her real intriguing personality. Hearing her debut poetry book coming out I was out of my skin bouncing off the walls. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of her music and it doesn’t affect the way I review her work. For unknown reasons to me, I’ve always related to her personally and to her music, that’s what drew me in. It seems that we have similar lens through which we view the world. I gues Finally, Halsey is displaying her writing skills in a more broader way that reveals more hidden pieces of her real intriguing personality. Hearing her debut poetry book coming out I was out of my skin bouncing off the walls. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of her music and it doesn’t affect the way I review her work. For unknown reasons to me, I’ve always related to her personally and to her music, that’s what drew me in. It seems that we have similar lens through which we view the world. I guess all who went through depression understand that. All love poems aside, I was astonished with themes and chosen topics. Pleasantly astonished. Some of her poems heartbreaking, some of them sarcastic and funny. Some of them haunting. Just like her music, but more intimate. I revel in fact that she included some of the poems that were turned into songs. Devil In Me still hits hard 💔 All in all, I absolutely enjoyed the time spent on devouring this little piece of her soul. Waiting for more though... 👀

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    "i feel like i'm made of plastic i breathe and it doesn't reach my lungs i eat and i don't taste i cry and there's no burn in my nose anymore." je l'aime je l'aime je l'aime "i feel like i'm made of plastic i breathe and it doesn't reach my lungs i eat and i don't taste i cry and there's no burn in my nose anymore." je l'aime je l'aime je l'aime

  20. 4 out of 5

    Creya

    3.5 STARS (rounded up!) These poems were pretty strange, but they were also incredibly raw and emotional. Halsey deals with topics such as life on the road, toxic ex-boyfriends, bad days, drug abuse, rape, and miscarriage. The reader can feel that each poem was written straight from heart. My personal favorites were “Wish You the Best,” “The Professional,” “A Story Like Mine,” and “I Met a Mind Reader.” If Halsey releases another poetry collection, I will definitely buy it. Now queue up “Without 3.5 STARS (rounded up!) These poems were pretty strange, but they were also incredibly raw and emotional. Halsey deals with topics such as life on the road, toxic ex-boyfriends, bad days, drug abuse, rape, and miscarriage. The reader can feel that each poem was written straight from heart. My personal favorites were “Wish You the Best,” “The Professional,” “A Story Like Mine,” and “I Met a Mind Reader.” If Halsey releases another poetry collection, I will definitely buy it. Now queue up “Without Me” and ugly cry. “I can’t carry all this weight, so I must put it somewhere and somewhere is with you. You will take good care of it?” “It kills me that you’ll leave / Off in a jet over the sea / But I hope the air in California / Will forever taste of me.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    4/5 Every time a YouTuber or a singer or even an actor is publishing a book I'm always intrigued because I want to know how they think. Halsey aka Ashley is one of my favorites. She is always trying to make the world better by helping others and speak her voice and that's exactly what I got from this extraordinary poetry. Halsey bared her soul. “You're ripped at every edge but you're a masterpiece.” Halsey’s poems delve into the highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and m 4/5 Every time a YouTuber or a singer or even an actor is publishing a book I'm always intrigued because I want to know how they think. Halsey aka Ashley is one of my favorites. She is always trying to make the world better by helping others and speak her voice and that's exactly what I got from this extraordinary poetry. Halsey bared her soul. “You're ripped at every edge but you're a masterpiece.” Halsey’s poems delve into the highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and mental illness. More hand grenades than confessions, these autobiographical poems explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power. Her art on the book is worth the book alone. It screams for images! “You were red, and you liked me because I was blue, but you touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky, and you decided purple just wasn't for you.” I Would Leave Me If I Could is raw, passionate, and profound, and signals the arrival of an essential voice.

  22. 5 out of 5

    sara

    exactly what i expected in the best way possible

  23. 4 out of 5

    Morgane Moncomble

    I just love this woman so damn much.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    I think I would've preferred it more if they changed the format for this. Overall, a short brief read into the mind of this young brilliant performer. P.s. I really love that title btw. I think I would've preferred it more if they changed the format for this. Overall, a short brief read into the mind of this young brilliant performer. P.s. I really love that title btw.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    wow... that’s all i can say right now

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eri

    So I actually got a digital Arc of this back in August from Edelweiss and I read it within a day. I can not tell you how good and emotional and raw this book is. I know when celebrities and pop stars and influencers come out with books I don't enjoy them so I was hesitant to read this when I found out Halsey was writing a book. I didn't want my favorite artist to end up like all the others, but I should've known better. Halsey's music is so beautiful and her latest album Manic was so personal th So I actually got a digital Arc of this back in August from Edelweiss and I read it within a day. I can not tell you how good and emotional and raw this book is. I know when celebrities and pop stars and influencers come out with books I don't enjoy them so I was hesitant to read this when I found out Halsey was writing a book. I didn't want my favorite artist to end up like all the others, but I should've known better. Halsey's music is so beautiful and her latest album Manic was so personal that I cried. When I opened the introduction I knew this book would be worth it and it was. She cut herself open and poured into the pages and never have I loved a poetry book more than this one. This book made me love Halsey more than I already did. I have so many highlights in the Arc I really want to find a way to upload them to share on here, because it touched me. It even validated some of my own thoughts and feelings that I've had and it is really something special to find a book that not only touches you but in some ways you can relate to. Here are the titles of my favorites so far (and these may even change because each time I re-read it, I find a new favorite) : I want to be a writer Summer Fruit Lullabye The Mirror Is there Somewhere Else American Woman Mind the Gap Devil In Me I wish That I was Manic all the Time And yes a few of these poems you can tell were the birthplace for some of her songs. I want her to keep writing and if she puts out another collection of poetry I'm going to buy it. If you didn't like this book then that's your opinion but you have to admit, Halsey/Ashley has a unique way with words and it's beautiful! Messy and beautiful! 💖💜💙

  27. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Calarco

    I will admit, I am not by any means the rabid Halsey fan that is perhaps most likely to pick up this book. Her work is hard to miss and I think she's very talented, but mostly I arrived here after I saw her Daily Show interview with Trevor Noah. I really appreciated her poise and openness, and I think that these qualities shine through in this collection. Considering that I simply am not familiar with work conveyed from the perspective of someone with bipolar disorder, I found there to be a great I will admit, I am not by any means the rabid Halsey fan that is perhaps most likely to pick up this book. Her work is hard to miss and I think she's very talented, but mostly I arrived here after I saw her Daily Show interview with Trevor Noah. I really appreciated her poise and openness, and I think that these qualities shine through in this collection. Considering that I simply am not familiar with work conveyed from the perspective of someone with bipolar disorder, I found there to be a great deal of artistic value here. Halsey is talented at lyricism. Where the collection lost me at times, was with dips in quality. Some verses were incredibly polished, while others could have been better developed. Overall, I think this is a solid debut. I do wonder if maybe I'm too old to understand or relate to some of these passages, but overall I think it is expressive and worth checking out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Curie

    Whew, this is a collection of poetry that is ready to take you on an emotional ride. On just over a hundred pages, Halsey tackles sexuality and sexual abuse, femininity and insecurity, love and infatuation. "To find the world not worthy of your words, and to find yourself unworthy of the world." I feel like I should state that I have been familiar with Halsey and her work as a musician beforehand, and while I don't connect much to her earlier music, I did think her 2020 release Manic was a pr Whew, this is a collection of poetry that is ready to take you on an emotional ride. On just over a hundred pages, Halsey tackles sexuality and sexual abuse, femininity and insecurity, love and infatuation. "To find the world not worthy of your words, and to find yourself unworthy of the world." I feel like I should state that I have been familiar with Halsey and her work as a musician beforehand, and while I don't connect much to her earlier music, I did think her 2020 release Manic was a pretty good record. The thing that stuck out to me upon listening to that were, unsurprisingly now, the writing. There are so many feelings in there, that I got the sense of Halsey being a person that's probably a tough nut to handle privately, but somehow soothing looking in from the outside. Having her come out with a book of poetry shouldn't come to a surprise, as she's performed some of her writing, like at the Women's March two years ago. Her writing is very personal, reflecting her own experiences. She seems to have been in a lot of unhealthy and toxic relationships and reading her reflect on them is touching, but there are also love letters in here. Some people will recognise parts of her lyrics, too: "And now 50.000 war cadets would cower at this small brunette. To my surprise, not 6 feet high, who'd reach and grab the moon, if I should ask, or just imply that I wanted a bit more light, so I could look inside his eyes, and get the colors just right." As with most poetry collections, there are more and less successful ones. Some feel a bit self-indulgent – there seems to be a fine line between coming off as profound or try hard. Some poems had a story to tell, and did so successfully, while others suffered from the style over substance problem. A problem, however, which occasionally I am okay in poetry as a reader, as I like words enough to enjoy a good flow every now and then. There's an interview Halsey did in which she talks about this book, which makes it clear that she herself is pretty sure she's released something very important here. I guess to me it didn't feel as profound and more like the personal representation of an intense twenty-something American. But I enjoyed it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tarneem Maitham

    Pain, screams, manic and sadness. Love in the end but not romantic.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marta :}

    So raw, so good.

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