I Would Leave Me If I Could (Review) // A poetry collection that is exactly like a Halsey song minus the music

Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me If I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.

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I’ve been in love with Halsey’s music since something like 2015, when I first heard Ghost on the radio. There’s a deep-seated honesty in her writing, which, combined with her poetic use of language results in something phenomenal and resounding. I Would Leave Me If I Could manages to capture these same vibes even without the soundtrack, and in some cases I could hear the music in my head as I read these words.

Something about this collection took me right back to BADLANDS, the beginning of Halsey’s rise to fame. There was so much to think about within the words, and the rhymes were extremely clever. It felt personal, almost an autobiographical collection of stories and moments of Halsey’s life. She invites you inside her mind and shows you the words that form the beginnings of her music.

The only thing that bothered me was what felt like an excessive use of similes. it needn’t have been a big deal, but it was one of those things where, once you noticed it, you couldn’t go back. If you’re a fan of Halsey’s music I urge you to go read this collection now, and if not, I still highly recommend it; the wordcraft is absolutely brilliant.

~I received a copy from HarperCollins NZ and willingly reviewed it~

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