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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 looking inwards—by taking a fresh, awakened jou 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 looking inwards—by taking a fresh, awakened jou 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

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rubayet Nusrat

    eagerly waiting for this one Edit- ❤

  3. 5 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. ✨

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Pizzo

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

  5. 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 ***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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Mathieson

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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)

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

  8. 4 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.

  9. 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", "emotio 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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate (thebookgram) ♡

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 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 f 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danica Logan

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

  15. 5 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.

  16. 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 ju 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    CarolynMarieReads

    Once again Atticus puts so many emotions into such beautiful words. I truly admire him as a writer and can't help but feel inspired when I read his books! As a writer myself of poems and prose, seeing someone with a similar dream succeed so well gives me such hope!! I was watching a video from his signing at The Strand Bookstore from last year, and he is so humble and down to earth. His writing feels like a blanket I can wrap around myself. He is a truly wonderful writer and I look forward to re Once again Atticus puts so many emotions into such beautiful words. I truly admire him as a writer and can't help but feel inspired when I read his books! As a writer myself of poems and prose, seeing someone with a similar dream succeed so well gives me such hope!! I was watching a video from his signing at The Strand Bookstore from last year, and he is so humble and down to earth. His writing feels like a blanket I can wrap around myself. He is a truly wonderful writer and I look forward to re-reading these lovely words again and again. Isn't it magnificent to find someone who can put your feelings into words and give them meaning? That's what Atticus does not only for me, but I know for everyone who reads his words!!

  18. 5 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!).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nikita (thebookelf_)

    Mesmerising piece of work! I’ve never read such deep contemporary poetry and I’m in awe of his work. No review will do justice. So instead, I’m showing my appreciation by buying the other two of his books as well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Yeah, yeah. I'm a sucker for the poetry/photograph combo. But man, these were beautiful.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Belle

    Simply amazing. Wow.

  22. 4 out of 5

    s.

    These words will move you. Expertly expressed once again, Atticus.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yuthika

    Magic magic magic

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marina Lang

    3.75 “Poets spend their whole lives trying to think of a better way to say, ‘He loved a girl.’” I LOVE ATTICUS WITH ALL OF MY BEING.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becca Freeman

    4.5 stars. I'm a massive fan of his poetry and the images he includes!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Bird

    If you only read one poetry book this year, may I suggest this one? The words in this book are magical realism for poetry lovers. Such stardust! I adored it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sacha Black

    Stunning, again. Obviously. God I love every word that comes from his pen. Such beautiful poetry.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I always read through his books to fast but I love them so much! And I am so proud he is Canadian Must read for sure! I love sharing his books with my friends because everyone can relate to something in each book!

  29. 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

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nans

    Stoked!

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