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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. 4 out of 5

    Rubayet Nusrat

    eagerly waiting for this one Edit- ❤

  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. 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. ✨

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Pizzo

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ian Mathieson

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

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)

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

  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 ***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

    Vero

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

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danica Logan

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 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!!

  14. 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 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.

  15. 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!).

  16. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

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

  18. 4 out of 5

    s.

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

  19. 4 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca Freeman

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

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sacha Black

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

  22. 4 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!

  23. 4 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

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nans

    Stoked!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Abel

    Atticus has a knack for taking all that is beautiful about life and humanity and weaving those things into poetry that says so much in so few words.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    She was a queen safe and unconquerable in the wild walled kingdoms of herself. Lover Her Wilds spoke to my soul and left me speechless; The Dark Between Stars had me reminiscing on Europe; and The Truth About Magic felt like a culmination of both just making me want to run back to Europe and continue my journey of self discovery. It was what I was expecting and there were moments where I honestly thought these words are written for me. The art to travelling is uncovering the hidden treasures a country didn She was a queen safe and unconquerable in the wild walled kingdoms of herself. Lover Her Wilds spoke to my soul and left me speechless; The Dark Between Stars had me reminiscing on Europe; and The Truth About Magic felt like a culmination of both just making me want to run back to Europe and continue my journey of self discovery. It was what I was expecting and there were moments where I honestly thought these words are written for me. The art to travelling is uncovering the hidden treasures a country didn't know they hid. There's something magic about airports it's like standing in a room with a thousand doors. But like The Dark Between Stars something was missing from The Truth About Magic. There were the words that felt like mine and then there were pages with letters that meant nothing to me. In one moment I couldn't not feel, in the next I was just trying to get through it. Youth had me wanting more, but Love left me unmoved; Adventure felt like mine, and Her was my crescendo; unfortunately Darkness had me withdrawing, words had me expecting more only to be left disappointed, and by the time we got to stars it was too late. There were still enough exceptions throughout that kept me enthralled in The Truth About Magic, but it was the words in Her, Adventure, and Youth that meant the most to me. 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. Exactly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kumar Yash

    THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC [email protected] The books pulls you towards itself with its absolutely breathtaking cover and a title, which holds a gravity of its own. I have never been a big fan of micropoetry. I respect it as a genre but it's not something I enjoy as genuinely as the other formats. But with this book, Atticus has managed to shake my bias. A few of the pieces gave me a nefound appreciation for this genre. There's something about the way he writes, a THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC [email protected] The books pulls you towards itself with its absolutely breathtaking cover and a title, which holds a gravity of its own. I have never been a big fan of micropoetry. I respect it as a genre but it's not something I enjoy as genuinely as the other formats. But with this book, Atticus has managed to shake my bias. A few of the pieces gave me a nefound appreciation for this genre. There's something about the way he writes, and arranges what he writes, which gives those words a depth, which they didn't originally contain. It's a great book, to break out of the comfort zone created in and around reading habits. And I definitely recommend it. I believe, the secret to magic is how his spaces speak for him.✨ Mentioned below are my four absolute favourite pieces from the book. - We lay there in the silence of all the things we didn't say - Poetry at the wrong time is madness, Poetry at the right time is magic. - Billions of years of evolution perfecting the ecstasy of a lover's first touch. -All I wish is for you to one day love you the way I do. ISBN-101472267249 ISBN-13978-1472267245

  28. 4 out of 5

    Astri

    What could I possibly say about Atticus' The Truth About Magic? All good things. I think I need to state first that I do not read poetry because sometimes I find it hard to make sense of the words. In this book, Atticus has written words that is exactly how I feel about poetry: "Poetry at the wrong time is madness poetry at the right time is magic." I must say that getting this book was the right decision. Reading Atticus' poetry has changed my opinion on poems, especi What could I possibly say about Atticus' The Truth About Magic? All good things. I think I need to state first that I do not read poetry because sometimes I find it hard to make sense of the words. In this book, Atticus has written words that is exactly how I feel about poetry: "Poetry at the wrong time is madness poetry at the right time is magic." I must say that getting this book was the right decision. Reading Atticus' poetry has changed my opinion on poems, especially since I was lucky enough to attend his book signing in Denver a while ago. It was attended by a lot of people, so I had the opportunity to read his book while waiting to get my book signed. Well, I have to say that reading Atticus' poetry lived up to the title for me. He has the ability to write words that I can understand, and most importantly, relate to. It was emotionally touching, and I am in awe of his ability to put feelings to paper. If you love poetry, then this is a book you wouldn't want to miss!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I was so excited for this book and am sad to rate it so low. But honestly, most of this poetry felt trite. Rosé was mentioned 3 times in the book, which is actually pretty funny because I just watched a video mocking millennials for being obsessed with rosé. Basically, the poems are about wine, Paris, kissing pretty girls, and rain...sometimes all at the same time. I am also so over the generic pictures of heterosexual couples kissing. Also, what's with the large amount of poems just I was so excited for this book and am sad to rate it so low. But honestly, most of this poetry felt trite. Rosé was mentioned 3 times in the book, which is actually pretty funny because I just watched a video mocking millennials for being obsessed with rosé. Basically, the poems are about wine, Paris, kissing pretty girls, and rain...sometimes all at the same time. I am also so over the generic pictures of heterosexual couples kissing. Also, what's with the large amount of poems just glorifying getting drunk? There's nothing poetic about that. “Wine so delicately pulls from us all the stories we hadn’t planned to tell.” Read: "I overshared while I was drunk and now I'm regretting everything in my sober state." I'll still check out Atticus's other poetry, because I am holding out hope. But this one wasn't for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay from 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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