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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

    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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

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

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Each beautiful thing we love starts first as the dirt of dust and stars. okay so. I love modern poetry. And I have read this authors first collection.. but this felt so similar to it. It was like deja vu. I think that the type of poetry I love is more raw, where I can feel the pain and heartache through the words. This collection was romantic and very much centered around love. Which is great, if that's the kind of poetry you like. It just didn't do it for me. There were only three that I really l Each beautiful thing we love starts first as the dirt of dust and stars. okay so. I love modern poetry. And I have read this authors first collection.. but this felt so similar to it. It was like deja vu. I think that the type of poetry I love is more raw, where I can feel the pain and heartache through the words. This collection was romantic and very much centered around love. Which is great, if that's the kind of poetry you like. It just didn't do it for me. There were only three that I really liked but other than that none of these felt meaningful to me. Alas, this will be the last book I read by Atticus. His work is just not to my liking. ✨ I have a list of poetry collections that I absolutely adore which you can check out here. ✨ 1.5 stars

  5. 4 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luke Gorham

    I get why Atticus prefers anonymity.

  7. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katharina | katharia

    Atticus never disappoints me

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rubayet Nusrat

    eagerly waiting for this one Edit- ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bri

    ... and this was published in 2019??

  11. 5 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carryl Lee

    I haven't read any of the other books up for Goodreads Choice awards in poetry but I want to vote for any of them just as a vote for Anything except Atticus. This man makes me stabby.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark Harden

    I enjoy short poems...but more so poems that create visions. Atticus not only painted stories with his words but had a few visuals that I enjoyed. They were simple and enjoyable. I would probably buy this book again for my physical collection of books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara Jovanovic

    3.5 I liked it better than the previous collections, but it still had some issues. There are some beautiful pieces, although the rest is extremely similar to the ones he's already written. I think the imagery some of the poems create is astonishing, with the highlight on poems inspired by Paris and Rome. From now on, let's just patiently wait and see what Atticus releases next. 'When do I know if I really love her?' asked the boy and the old man smiled, 'When it's no longer a question.' And not that related 3.5 I liked it better than the previous collections, but it still had some issues. There are some beautiful pieces, although the rest is extremely similar to the ones he's already written. I think the imagery some of the poems create is astonishing, with the highlight on poems inspired by Paris and Rome. From now on, let's just patiently wait and see what Atticus releases next. 'When do I know if I really love her?' asked the boy and the old man smiled, 'When it's no longer a question.' And not that related to review, but I was really happy when I saw he put quote by Morgan Rhodes into the book. This little detail was something I enjoyed so much without any apparent reason, except that I love Morgan Rhodes. "Magic will find those with pure hearts, even when all seems lost." - Morgan Rhodes

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤

    ❤ DON´T WASTE A SECOND OF YOUR TIME CONVINCING OTHER PEOPLE YOU ARE WORTH LOVING ❤ ❤ YOU STOLE PIECES OF ME IN ALL THE LOVE I GAVE YOU AND NEVER GOT BACK KEEP IT NOW IT IS MY GIFT TO YOU FOR YOU WILL NOT GET MORE AND THAT MY LOVE IS MY GIFT TO ME ❤ ❤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. ❤

  18. 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. ✨

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Pizzo

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

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joanna (wordsrmyweapon)

    Nothing particularly remarkable just simple statements for the most part but the photographs were beautiful

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ian Mathieson

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

  22. 5 out of 5

    tijana

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

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.5* Atticus poetry is a wonder. It's just so beautiful and flows perfectly. I never stopped to be amazed and not only the photography included in his books, but the simple pretty poetry accompanied. Atticus is considered a Instagram poet, someone who posts small quotable poems that get shared and loved by thousands. It's where he started out and from Instagram he became loved but millions. Which, in turn, caused him to get published. He's somewhat a mystery as he never shows his face and there ha 3.5* Atticus poetry is a wonder. It's just so beautiful and flows perfectly. I never stopped to be amazed and not only the photography included in his books, but the simple pretty poetry accompanied. Atticus is considered a Instagram poet, someone who posts small quotable poems that get shared and loved by thousands. It's where he started out and from Instagram he became loved but millions. Which, in turn, caused him to get published. He's somewhat a mystery as he never shows his face and there has been rumors going around that he is a actor, but no one knows for sure. I'm not sure anyone even knows if it is a he. His poems in The Truth About Magic, are just that magic. They are sweet and slippery on the tongue, but there are some duds, but very few.

  24. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka

    There is a whole mood set with this collection of poems. From the lovely photo accompaniments, changing fonts and hand written lines, Atticus really manages to set a scene for his words. "Wine so delicately pulls from us all the stories we hadn't planned to tell." Really sets you up to get lost in his words. I highly enjoyed my first trip into Atticus' mind.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    After reading a couple heavy novels, I wanted to knock out something a little lighter. Well, if light was what I was looking for, light is certainly what I got with this: light on creativity, light on meaning, light on worth. Perhaps I shouldn't have read this right after finishing a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that actually had substance. Granted, I am not the target audience for this drivel, and I use the word 'target' here deliberately as this book, the "poet," and even his website (yes, you After reading a couple heavy novels, I wanted to knock out something a little lighter. Well, if light was what I was looking for, light is certainly what I got with this: light on creativity, light on meaning, light on worth. Perhaps I shouldn't have read this right after finishing a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that actually had substance. Granted, I am not the target audience for this drivel, and I use the word 'target' here deliberately as this book, the "poet," and even his website (yes, you can buy a candle and wine to go with your photoshopped images) represents nothing but crass commercialism targeted towards women. And don't come at me with any "omg how sexist" comments. Look at the five-star ratings for this on Goodreads, and you'll see what I mean. Even if I was a young, forlorn woman in the love with the idea of love, I would hope not to be seduced by this tripe spit out by a catfishy, hard-dicked, drunken frat boy type trying to woo me with his word vomit. It's not that everything written here is horrid, but way too much of it is simply cringey. I've decided this whole Instapoetry fad is nothing but a ruse: terming these fragmented thoughts as poetry is analogous to claiming presidential tweets as equivalent to the Gettysburg Address. It's not that Instapoetry can't be at least a little thought-provoking, lest you think I cling to a Headmaster Nolan idea of using mathematical formulas to graph the greatness of poetry, but it's basically heading to the cute little signs in Hobby Lobby and saying meet me in the poetry section. The problem is the vapidity of most of the sayings (I'm not calling them poems) here. They range from the inane ("There's something magic/about airports/it's like standing in a room/with a thousand doors") to the downright narcissistic ("She wanted what every young heart wanted/something beautiful to find her beautiful"). Atticus, aka Duncan Penn supposedly, (lose the mask; even Sia got the hint and she has talent) often states that he hopes his...sayings...are a "gateway drug" to classical and longer form poetry. I suggest just skipping this book's childish foreplay and jump to the real thing.

  26. 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 de 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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Graff

    A very emotional journey. I do wish it could have stopped right before darkness, but I guess that was part of the journey. This book made me cry. I want more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)

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

  29. 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', s 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay ⭐ [TrulyBooked]

    Not all poetry needs to feel profound and moving. I also understand that taste comes into play here more heavily than it might in other genres, but this is my first time reading Atticus and I was struck by how shallow everything felt. Compared to the powerful words of other contemporary poets that I've read and loved, this felt like it was meant to be digested while swiping through Instagram. That's fine if that's what you're looking for, but for me, poetry isn't just clever lines that look good Not all poetry needs to feel profound and moving. I also understand that taste comes into play here more heavily than it might in other genres, but this is my first time reading Atticus and I was struck by how shallow everything felt. Compared to the powerful words of other contemporary poets that I've read and loved, this felt like it was meant to be digested while swiping through Instagram. That's fine if that's what you're looking for, but for me, poetry isn't just clever lines that look good when photoshopped onto artistic pictures. So it fell flat and rather than getting drawn into any beauty in the words, I was consistently distracted by how much artifice I felt there was. I will definitely give Atticus another try, it may have just been this collection. He was just so well-reviewed that my hopes were higher than may have been reasonable.

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