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From the internationally bestselling author of The Dark Between Stars and Love Her Wild, Instagram sensation Atticus returns with another romantic and deeply moving collection. The Truth About Magic builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and the New York Times bestseller, The Dark Between Stars—heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and From the internationally bestselling author of The Dark Between Stars and Love Her Wild, Instagram sensation Atticus returns with another romantic and deeply moving collection. The Truth About Magic builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and the New York Times bestseller, The Dark Between Stars—heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and looking inwards—by taking a fresh, awakened journey outward. An adventure into the great unknown. It’s about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It’s about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels on vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in old barns until the sun comes up, and making love on sandy beaches. The Truth About Magic is a vibrant, transcendent journey into growth, which will leave you energized and eager to explore the wider world.


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From the internationally bestselling author of The Dark Between Stars and Love Her Wild, Instagram sensation Atticus returns with another romantic and deeply moving collection. The Truth About Magic builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and the New York Times bestseller, The Dark Between Stars—heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and From the internationally bestselling author of The Dark Between Stars and Love Her Wild, Instagram sensation Atticus returns with another romantic and deeply moving collection. The Truth About Magic builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and the New York Times bestseller, The Dark Between Stars—heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and looking inwards—by taking a fresh, awakened journey outward. An adventure into the great unknown. It’s about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It’s about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels on vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in old barns until the sun comes up, and making love on sandy beaches. The Truth About Magic is a vibrant, transcendent journey into growth, which will leave you energized and eager to explore the wider world.

30 review for The Truth About Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lina

    CONTENT WARNINGS: (view spoiler)[Alcoholism. Glorification of scars/harm/hurting. Sexism (hide spoiler)] The same vapid shit as before. This guy seems to only know a handful of things in life: Girls, booze, and pretentious buzzwords to signal just how "classy" and "eclectic" he is. (Fittingly, he features a quote by Paulo Coelho.) There's a whopping ONE "poem" that features a female character kissing a girl, but then having a "deep", "emotional" "connection" with a boy, so same old with a sprinkle CONTENT WARNINGS: (view spoiler)[Alcoholism. Glorification of scars/harm/hurting. Sexism (hide spoiler)] The same vapid shit as before. This guy seems to only know a handful of things in life: Girls, booze, and pretentious buzzwords to signal just how "classy" and "eclectic" he is. (Fittingly, he features a quote by Paulo Coelho.) There's a whopping ONE "poem" that features a female character kissing a girl, but then having a "deep", "emotional" "connection" with a boy, so same old with a sprinkle of f/f fantasies on his part. He's such a male gaze - he looks at women, but he only sees that which he cares about. And if you don't get drunk off your ass, are attractive and dance in the rain with him, you're insignificant apparently. (Also, he thinks every girl has a "pixie" in her that "runs and dances through grassy fields"; nevermind that Manic Pixie Dream Girls don't really exist, he should stop watching 500 Days of Summer all the time, and not all girls CAN run or dance.) There's also a continuing thread of an obsession with other people's scars. Which not only looks like a glorification of self-harm, it's also extremely egocentric. Other people's scars don't revolve around you. They're not there to turn you on. They're there because people FUCKING WENT THROUGH SOMETHING. And besides that, he claims to speak for "poets", and of course his poets are all penises. Some "gems" to give a taste as to just how stupid this is: When someone has read too much Bukowski and thinks alcoholism is "cool": (view spoiler)[Whiskey is like poet's water. It quenches our thirst for madness. (hide spoiler)] When someone thinks that getting off on other people's pain is poetry: (view spoiler)[To a poet, the broken flowers bloom the brightest. (hide spoiler)] When clearly he has a problem with alcohol but doesn't want to admit it: (view spoiler)[Wine is the poetry I read on weekends (hide spoiler)] When he thinks that poetry is all about what penises want (which is never other penises): (view spoiler)[Poets spend their whole lives trying to think of a better way to say, „He loved a girl.“ (hide spoiler)] When working on yourself to become a better person is just not "cool" enough: (view spoiler)[If I conquered all my demons, there wouldn't be much left of me. (hide spoiler)] When other people's scars are not about them, but about what he likes: (view spoiler)[Your scars are not your shame he said they are your story, and I love stories. (hide spoiler)] When viewing poetry through the narrow lens of his penis: (view spoiler)[A poet journeys only to understand the great truths hidden in all of us: of what is love, and why? (hide spoiler)] When describing his favourite attributes in anyone he perceives as a woman: (view spoiler)[I have noticed through careful observation that you look your best soaked in champagne under fireworks dancing in the rain (hide spoiler)] Yes, real deep love there, when what you love about someone is actions that can so easily be done by any woman that comes along. That's not love: That's shifting obsession. And my "favourite" disturbing "poem": (CONTENT WARNING FOR SCARS) (view spoiler)[HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE HE SAID A TAPESTRY OF SCARS (hide spoiler)] Aaaaand I threw up on my keyboard. I find it particularly disturbing to think that his boner for other people's pain might be a reflection of his actual private life. That's a HUGE RED FLAG to me. To any of his fans, please be reminded: Scars are not beautiful, and they are not ugly. They're a reflection of having gone through pain. Having gone through pain is not and should never be a point of attraction in a person. Having gone through pain is not attractive. It's just painful. If a partner sees your scars not as similar experiences to empathize over and overcome together, but as "beautiful", please know that that is a red flag and seek help if you're not sure how to proceed. And to this Atticus guy: Fucking recognize that you have an audience and that what you write affects people. So stop perpetuating harmful ideas! I shall end with a poem of my own: Oh, that you may lend me a shovel, to bury this book of trash, and then piss on its grave

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This is the book I liked the least of this series. Usually there are quite a few pages that make me smile or think about something or somebody, but now there was only one. That doesn’t make it a bad collection, it was just the least appealing to me personally. Still this is, as always, a beautiful book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    A third book of derivative tripe about love, whiskey, and scars decorated with stock photos of white couples touching foreheads under Photoshopped stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rubayet Nusrat

    eagerly waiting for this one Edit- eagerly waiting for this one Edit- ❤

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    Ugh 1.5. Okay, I get it. Wine. Champagne. Paris. Beaches. Skinny dipping. Summer moon. We get it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Mediocre, vaguely sexist writing interspersed with pictures of skinny white people. I'm not sure the women these poems were about were known at all by the poet. It felt so two dimensional, like they could be about anyone and no one. I was waiting to be moved by even one poem but couldn't relate to a single line in this superficial book. This felt like scrolling through a cringy Pinterest board more than reading literature.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Grace

    ***3.75*** Okay, so there are some really good lines/ideas in here. But my issue is calling it poetry. The thoughts in these pages sort of remind me of deep shower thoughts. The necessary tenants to classify the poems as poetry aren't here, which is why I can't really call them poems, but they are still decently well written and some of the thoughts in here are things I will ruminate on for a while. Here's the scoop, though: Atticus is, shall we say, addicted to writing about 1) kissing girl(s), 2) ***3.75*** Okay, so there are some really good lines/ideas in here. But my issue is calling it poetry. The thoughts in these pages sort of remind me of deep shower thoughts. The necessary tenants to classify the poems as poetry aren't here, which is why I can't really call them poems, but they are still decently well written and some of the thoughts in here are things I will ruminate on for a while. Here's the scoop, though: Atticus is, shall we say, addicted to writing about 1) kissing girl(s), 2) paris, 3) drinking whiskey and/or wine, and 4) kissing a girl while drinking wine in paris. I saw it in his other books, and I saw it here. I just... yeah. So no, this was not my fave. But it also was enjoyable enough for me to want to read more from him because I enjoy his shower thoughts. :) Here is a list of all the thoughts I flagged as I read: “I don’t know many things with any certainty,” she said, “but struggling feels important.” She wanted what every young heart wanted… for something beautiful to find her beautiful. Love exists somewhere between a girl pretending she can’t open a jar of pickles and a boy pretending now to know she could. We grow old chasing the truths we know as children. Love waits for all of us quietly in that place where no one is looking. All she wanted was that cozy love that felt like hot chocolate, rainstorms or wood fires in small houses hard to describe but you know it when you got it. When I first met you I remembered you from a hundred different dreams and there you were for me to love all over again for the very first time. In the right love, we will discover new love for ourselves. You’ll never hear the old man say that he wished he didn’t see the world and had more money when he died. She’d always make her way to my side of the bed bit by bit until there there was nowhere else for me to go – and I swear I could see her smile in her sleep so proud to have me safely trapped between a rock and a soft place. In her heart and soul she set fire to all things that held her back and from the ashes she stepped into who she always was. Some girls look good in diamonds, some girls make diamonds look good. “When do I know if I really I love her?” asked the boy and the old man smiled, “When it’s no longer a question.” Don’t waste a second of your time convincing other people you’re worth loving. When given a choice between you and them choose you. It’s better to be whole and alone than broken at their feet. Misery at least makes good art. Death is only dangerous to the unlived life. It’s good to be with someone who’s gone through hell – life is hard, and strange, and a lot of shit happens. And when someone’s been through the worst if it already, the pain doesn’t come as much of a surprise, they just sit down tie their shoelaces wave to old demons, and get on with it. Poets spend their whole lives thinking of a better way to say, “he loved a girl.” Don’t believe everything you know for sure. Your scars are not your shame, he said, they are your story, and I love stories. Mix our pages bleed our ink write your story into mine so there are no beginnings no ends just pages of us and the always will be. Somewhere sitting on a cloud deep in the sky there is a secret list written by an angel that holds all the wonderful moments your life has yet to come.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bri

    ... and this was published in 2019??

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela Magic Art

    BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL. My favorite in the trilogy, obsessed with the way Atticus arranges words, and creates incredible imagery. Just off the title alone I loved it. But my gosh, THIS BOOK IS PURE MAGIC. loved it. I couldn’t endorse it more. It’s all that I stand for. What a masterpiece. BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL. My favorite in the trilogy, obsessed with the way Atticus arranges words, and creates incredible imagery. Just off the title alone I loved it. But my gosh, THIS BOOK IS PURE MAGIC. loved it. I couldn’t endorse it more. It’s all that I stand for. What a masterpiece. ✨

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Pizzo

    His poetry never ceases to astonish me with how relatable it is.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    The definition of emo nonsense. The fact that this is a FINALIST is an affront to poetry. This isn't poetry, this is the most fake-deep wannabe bullshit I've ever read, not to mention that it glorifies alcoholism and self-harm/scars. Also, why is a book published in 2019 using the g-slur as a compliment? Haven't we decided that that's not okay? This is like the angsty poetry I wrote in 8th grade, except I never published it and it wasn't as gross-feeling as this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ian Mathieson

    Just keeps getting better with every new release, definitely a must-read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vero

    I liked it fine but the author is a bit too focused on alcohol, kissing girls and stars for my taste.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)

    So good!!! Related to many poems that just broke my heart

  15. 4 out of 5

    cat kisser

    Garbage, absolute garbage. I like Rupi Kaur and brief poems can be good but this guy doesn't use any of the things you find in poetry. I didn't like a single "poem" of his. I read this and then right after watched a youtube review of the book and the reviewer kept quoting the poems that were so weak I couldn't remember reading them. And the guy thinks wearing a mask makes him interesting. I'd hide my face too if my writing was that bad.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5 probably my least favourite Atticus book, but still has some amazing poems in it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Beverly

    Loved it. I sat down on my couch with the door open and the only sounds being the splatter of rain drops against the ground and thunder in the distance. Couldn’t imagine a better way to soak up what this book has to offer. The Truth About Magic transports you to all the nostalgic memories of the past while leaving you hopeful and looking forward to the memories to be made in the future. I’m so thankful for Atticus’ views of the world and that he’s brave enough to share them. I look forward to Loved it. I sat down on my couch with the door open and the only sounds being the splatter of rain drops against the ground and thunder in the distance. Couldn’t imagine a better way to soak up what this book has to offer. The Truth About Magic transports you to all the nostalgic memories of the past while leaving you hopeful and looking forward to the memories to be made in the future. I’m so thankful for Atticus’ views of the world and that he’s brave enough to share them. I look forward to devouring anything and everything he writes in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yukti

    I read this whole series of poetry and the only thing I felt was wasted potential. With such gorgeous art/photographs supplementing the words, you would think a work would be perfect. I feel as if Atticus tries to talk deep but it never actually reaches there. I see remnants of it in some of his poems, where there will be a startling clear observation about life, love, magic, words, poetry or even darkness but it feels unfinished. I feel like he has vivid descriptions that might suit a work of I read this whole series of poetry and the only thing I felt was wasted potential. With such gorgeous art/photographs supplementing the words, you would think a work would be perfect. I feel as if Atticus tries to talk deep but it never actually reaches there. I see remnants of it in some of his poems, where there will be a startling clear observation about life, love, magic, words, poetry or even darkness but it feels unfinished. I feel like he has vivid descriptions that might suit a work of fiction better than they do his poetry. I am not trying to throw shade. I genuinely want to like his work and understand why people relate to it so much and I always come close but not quite there.

  19. 4 out of 5

    tijana

    LOL. Could not sit through all of it. Cringe too easily. Middle schoolers will love this book though.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rubi

    My teenage self would have really liked these "poems" and would have probably written some down with hearts all around in purple ink, and placed it inside her school binder. As a 27 year old I can say that there were some good lines, but I do hesitate in calling this a poetry book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andreia ♡The Butterfly Lover♡

    Don't hide from heartbreak for it will show you more truth than a thousand happy days Live in it Soak in it And let it evolve you into your next and greater form. ❤Don't hide from heartbreak for it will show you more truth than a thousand happy days Live in it Soak in it And let it evolve you into your next and greater form. ❤

  22. 5 out of 5

    Troy

    The cover art is great, I love it. The name is alright I guess. " This book is for the day dreamers, the night thinkers, the summer skinny dippers for anyone who ever said 'the night is young' or watched the sunrise on a beach far from home-- but mostly it's for you the quiet ones at the parties looking out of windows wondering about the stars. so already i don't get the weird spacing. Should this beginning be considered poetry, I don't know and I don't care. 1. I don't know many things with any certainty', The cover art is great, I love it. The name is alright I guess. " This book is for the day dreamers, the night thinkers, the summer skinny dippers for anyone who ever said 'the night is young' or watched the sunrise on a beach far from home-- but mostly it's for you the quiet ones at the parties looking out of windows wondering about the stars. so already i don't get the weird spacing. Should this beginning be considered poetry, I don't know and I don't care. 1. ´I don't know many things with any certainty', she said 'but snuggling feels important' you know that one Oprah Winfrey gif where she looks into the camera and raises her hands, this is how I feel. The first poem in this book sounds like something a 14 year old girl might have said to her cheating fuckboi boyfriend on their one year anniversary. 2. I don't know the meaning of life, but kissing a girl while drunk in the rain is pretty damn close. YAY, underaged drinking. When i first read this poem I imagined a young hetero pair, drunk as all hell, making out in the rain. Disgusting. 3. I like the way Paris tastes on my tongue, it's all fancy and full of bubbles. I actually hate Paris, it might have been a lovely place once but now its just a grey tourist attraction, nothing fancy nor bubbly about it. This book is literally the Tumblr diary of a 14 year old girl that's filled with motivational quotes and very bad word play, it could be considered horrible prose at best. The author has no grasp of poetic language. But I understand the fame this book gets, this is targeted towards younger girls who are daydreaming of a prince charming to come rescue them from their boring lives.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate Gardner

    A friend was gifted this book by a well intentioned relative. We hate-read some of it. Sweet baby jesus, if a bleeding hearted 16 year-old girl such as myself can see through this hackneyed mess, what gives? Even the poems that evoke some emotion are plays on cliches already expressed by a centuries worth of top 50 pop hits.

  24. 5 out of 5

    misskaelyn14

    I loved the first half of this book! It made me think of so many happy memories and it was relatable. The second half of the book was alright but the majority of my favorite poems were in the first half.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danica Logan

    I will read this over and over again. Every single poem was stirring.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikki L

    I was anxiously awaiting for this book to come out, because I have loved Atticus' poetry since I first stumbled across it. After reading all three of Atticus' books, my favorite remains to be the first, "Love Her Wild." However, this one is a close second. I think a big part of it is due to the fact that it didn't feel rushed. You could tell he really took his time with it, and poured his heart out into each and every piece. This collection of short poems are deep and open ended. I love how any I was anxiously awaiting for this book to come out, because I have loved Atticus' poetry since I first stumbled across it. After reading all three of Atticus' books, my favorite remains to be the first, "Love Her Wild." However, this one is a close second. I think a big part of it is due to the fact that it didn't feel rushed. You could tell he really took his time with it, and poured his heart out into each and every piece. This collection of short poems are deep and open ended. I love how any of these poems could connect to whatever emotion I was feeling, as I read. If I was happy, there were poems. If I was sad, there were tons of poems. It seemed like I could get any type of emotion I wanted to out of the poems. Mostly, they made me feel like I wasn't alone in feeling a particular way. I am still amazed at what he is able to accomplish in such few, particular words. He can convey so much in any sentence, or statement, or conversation, and the reader is left to decipher it. It is truly a work of art, and I think a big part of that is because of his openness. If you didn't already know, Atticus is an anonymous writer. Which, means he can say anything he feels, without any reservations, truly helping him to connect with his readers. The only think I would change about it would be that I want more! I heard he was thinking about releasing copies with his side notes involved, which would be very exciting. Clearly, I interpret them different than others, but I would love to see what was going through his mind, as he wrote and to see what he understands his own writing as. Some of my favorite pieces are as follows: "'Seems a shame to leave now,' the old man said. 'I'm just getting the hang of things.'" "She kept coming back to me like smoking or drinking or any of those other bad habits that eventually try to ruin you."

  27. 4 out of 5

    Haley Corkery

    4.5 stars. Oh, Atticus. I have always been a huge fan of his poetry and the images he includes. It's incredible the way he can take all that is beautiful and magical about life and weave those things into so few words. His poems at times can be short, but they always pack a punch. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one in a coffee shop over my lunch hour. Can't wait to read more of his work in the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sabina Kovacevic

    To be honest, I find some of his poems a bit cliché sometimes. They all don’t speak to me, but god, some of his poems are also the most beautiful I’ve ever read. He manages to describe things I’ve felt in a way I could have never done. Each word is so well thought out and makes for such beautiful stories. This book truly is magic, and my favorite poetry collection by him. There are so many poems I relate to and who describe such specific things I’ve experienced. I couldn’t stop reading it, it To be honest, I find some of his poems a bit cliché sometimes. They all don’t speak to me, but god, some of his poems are also the most beautiful I’ve ever read. He manages to describe things I’ve felt in a way I could have never done. Each word is so well thought out and makes for such beautiful stories. This book truly is magic, and my favorite poetry collection by him. There are so many poems I relate to and who describe such specific things I’ve experienced. I couldn’t stop reading it, it just is amazing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    This is just intensely not the style of poetry for me, and I found everything I read vapid and somehow simultaneously overwritten and underwritten. I know from experience that this kind of poetry, and this subject matter, works for some people but it's not something I can connect to on an artistic, literary, or emotional level personally.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    I loved this third collection! It felt like there were a bunch more longer poems in this one (and by longer I mean more than just 1 or 2 lines), and while the short ones are also sometimes powerful, the longer ones appeal to me a bit more. The sections in this one were also well picked: magic in youth, love, adventure, her, darkness, words, and stars. My favorites were darkness and stars (probably also why the second collection was my favorite!).

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