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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the
internationally bestselling author of Love Her Wild comes The
Dark Between Stars
, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt,
whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation,
Atticus.


Atticus, has captured the hearts and minds of
nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss,
Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry,
The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities
of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our
highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of
starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the
agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the
question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey,
these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search
for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As
Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets,
sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and
destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and
pain—the darkness and the stars—to fully appreciate all that
life and love have to offer.

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Reviews for The Dark Between Stars: Poems:

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Nov 15, 2018

I was a huge fan of Atticus's first book Love Her Wild, I gave it 5 stars, but this collection of poetry was so disappointing. I liked maybe three poems in this entire collection and the rest were such basic, cliche-sounding crap.

Here are some of the "poems" I disliked:

"The prettiest eyes sparkle from the inside out."

"It's always safe to do noting when it rains."

"I've always loved lavender, it's purple in all the right places."

Like.... ok?? Also, this collection is divided into three small I was a huge fan of Atticus's first book Love Her Wild, I gave it 5 stars, but this collection of poetry was so disappointing. I liked maybe three poems in this entire collection and the rest were such basic, cliche-sounding crap.

Here are some of the "poems" I disliked:

"The prettiest eyes sparkle from the inside out."

"It's always safe to do noting when it rains."

"I've always loved lavender, it's purple in all the right places."

Like.... ok?? Also, this collection is divided into three small sections like the first book: Stars, Between and the Dark. The third section titled "The Dark" was so different and random from the other two. It had some poems about self harm and one random poem about not trusting politicians and a few cheesy romance poems and it was all so random and didn't flow with the rest of this collection. And almost every poem in the "Stars" section mentioned Italy or Europe in every other poem and it as just very repetitive.

I'm disappointed because I love his first collection but I wasn't a fan of this one. I'm giving this two stars instead of one because I loved this photography in this, the black and white images are stunning, but the poetry was definitely a let down. ...more
3

Dec 29, 2018

Just not feeling the love for this collection by Atticus. I think his first collection, Love Her Wild, was much better. Like those poems, these are mostly one sentence. There were a couple I really liked but most were merely OK. I also preferred the photography in the first book, though there are a few really stunning black and white photographs in this one as well. If you're a fan, I'd say to read this; otherwise, try "Love Her Wild" first.
4

Nov 01, 2018

“The bravest thing she ever did was to stay alive each day.”
3

Dec 06, 2018

He fell in love
Then fell out of it
I'm still single
Wondering:
"Why have I read this?"

That's me being poetic. This book is about Luuuuurve with cool pictures and some nudes here and there. Yeah. That's it. And honestly, don't recommend it.
5

Sep 04, 2018

This just made me feel so good. It was like my soul needed some poetry! I can't even explain what I'm feeling right now. I just curled up on my bed, with some Fall Celtic music on in the background, and my cat sleeping next to me, and read this entire beauty in one sitting! It just reminded me about the magic of the world, and how little things are fantastic and dreamy. The photography throughout this book is also amazing, and so perfectly aesthetic. My favorite parts were the "Stars" and the This just made me feel so good. It was like my soul needed some poetry! I can't even explain what I'm feeling right now. I just curled up on my bed, with some Fall Celtic music on in the background, and my cat sleeping next to me, and read this entire beauty in one sitting! It just reminded me about the magic of the world, and how little things are fantastic and dreamy. The photography throughout this book is also amazing, and so perfectly aesthetic. My favorite parts were the "Stars" and the "Dark". The "Dark" had some really powerful poems, and quite a few were just what I needed to hear. This is just a beautiful, stimulating, whimsical read. Loved it. ...more
5

Oct 12, 2018

Great book of poetry! His ability to say so much in only a few words is amazing. Each poem sparks a thought, a memory and takes you on your own journey. I love that the book has photos with each poem. A wonderful book of words.
1

Oct 22, 2018

I am disappointed. I liked maybe three or four 'poems', the rest felt pretentious and cliché. I've expected more.
5

Mar 22, 2019

"I love you most in that place between coffee and sleep."

"I want to know every part of you,
every scar,
every bruise,
I want to trace the map of you,
my fingers a compass,
your freckles the constellations
which in my heart I will chart
so when I close my eyes
I’ll have you in my stars forever."


The cover is just gorgeous, writing is simple yet phenomenal. The poems will just leave you mesmerized.
3

Sep 04, 2018

I’m probably going to be in the minority here but here goes… 3.5 overhyped stars rounded down to 3.

She was that
wild thing I loved
my dark between stars

I absolutely loved Love Her Wild, Atticus’s first book. The poems were separated into sections (Love, Her, and Wild) and the poems were placed accordingly. Atticus attempted a similar set up for The Dark Between Stars with varying degrees of success. He started backward with Stars and ended with Dark, which was an interesting choice. In the book’s I’m probably going to be in the minority here but here goes… 3.5 overhyped stars rounded down to 3.

She was that
wild thing I loved
my dark between stars

I absolutely loved Love Her Wild, Atticus’s first book. The poems were separated into sections (Love, Her, and Wild) and the poems were placed accordingly. Atticus attempted a similar set up for The Dark Between Stars with varying degrees of success. He started backward with Stars and ended with Dark, which was an interesting choice. In the book’s description it mentioned that themes range from falling in love, being committed, to accepting the nostalgia of being alone again so it makes sense to start with Stars. However, my overwhelming thought throughout the entire book was how disjointed it felt. I had to actively focus on the section to remind myself what exactly I was supposed to be focusing on.

Also, one on my favorite things about Love Her Wild was that the vast majority of the poems were very short but very meaningful. I felt that there were many unnecessarily long poems that seemed almost rambling. These poems had an effect on the pacing, which was kind of off-putting.

It felt like some parts were more motivational poster than poetry;

The truth is
sometimes
you can
both
do better.

Pretty sure I’ve heard this sentiment word for word by no less than 4 people.

Despite its shortcomings, I still enjoyed this collection of poems very much. The poems I did like, I loved. And the use of pictures throughout gave a good sense of feelings of wonder and nostalgia to go along with the main themes.

Maybe if I didn’t read through the entire thing all in one sitting I might have a different view of the coherency and pacing. ...more
5

May 22, 2019

I've never been a big poetry fan, but after discovering Atticus on Instagram, I am hooked on his words. The Dark Between Stars is just as magnificent as Atticus's first book of poetry, Love Her Wild. These poems are real, relatable, and heartfelt. I shared the collection with my sister and friend and they are now hooked on Atticus's words as well. I highly recommend this book of poetry to anyone who loves poems or romantic quotes.
4

Sep 16, 2018

3.5 stars

I enjoyed the first book more and I felt like this seemed more about telling people who are in a bad place mentally that they aren’t lost causes or something, some sort of self help poetry maybe?
1

Nov 01, 2018

Cliche, trite, a waste of money. I honestly don't understand the praise.

I'd consider this more quotes than poetry. I feel a lot of the imagery and themes could've been expanded into longer works of greater depth. As is, his 'poetry' offers nothing novel or interesting.

I also find his taking on the voice of an old man, old woman, little boy, and little girl, very odd and pretentious. As though that would give an air of wisdom to otherwise lackluster statements.

In addition, he uses a lot of Cliche, trite, a waste of money. I honestly don't understand the praise.

I'd consider this more quotes than poetry. I feel a lot of the imagery and themes could've been expanded into longer works of greater depth. As is, his 'poetry' offers nothing novel or interesting.

I also find his taking on the voice of an old man, old woman, little boy, and little girl, very odd and pretentious. As though that would give an air of wisdom to otherwise lackluster statements.

In addition, he uses a lot of "she" and "her" statements, speaking for women and describing women in a romanticized and idealized way.

I find particularly troubling the romanticization of 'crazy' women.

Here is an example: "The problem with loving crazy is that crazy starts to rub off". Like... that's just so gross. There's nothing special or charming about being 'crazy'. Even labeling a woman that is so wrong. Especially because later he speaks for women again in mental health struggles, in a starker and obviously more negative way, in terms of a woman not caring if a plane crashes, as well as a woman cutting because "just maybe, the cuts would let the light in". First of all, speak for yourself and your own experiences, and second of all, this is such a 'fake deep' and unrealistic depiction of the struggle of mental illness.

He only got a publishing deal because of his massive Instagram following, and clearly, that is no marker for quality. There are good poets on Instagram, but he is not one of them. ...more
4

Dec 20, 2018

It is so easy to forget
we are the same as all the others
in thinking that we are different.

Atticus has always been one of the Instagram/Tumblr-y poets I've seen around, and I'm happy to have gotten a hold of his second book, after reading Love Her Wild. Although, I found I enjoyed the latter more than I did this.

The photographs are beautiful, but it nearly felt all the same as Love Her Wild, and within its own pages, therefore it became a bit tiresome. Plus, no one warned me about the couple It is so easy to forget
we are the same as all the others
in thinking that we are different.

Atticus has always been one of the Instagram/Tumblr-y poets I've seen around, and I'm happy to have gotten a hold of his second book, after reading Love Her Wild. Although, I found I enjoyed the latter more than I did this.

The photographs are beautiful, but it nearly felt all the same as Love Her Wild, and within its own pages, therefore it became a bit tiresome. Plus, no one warned me about the couple nudes lying round. The poetry is intriguing still, but like the previous book, they were quite clichéd.

But, well, what can I say? I kind of, sort of like clichéd sometimes, not so much others. Apparently, I'm currently leaning towards the former mood. ...more
5

Sep 05, 2018

Atticus has done it again! What a powerful book full of so many different feelings all at once. There’s always one poem in particular that will stick out as the ultimate poem and changes your life for the better.
3

Nov 22, 2019

3.5? I really liked half these, but I feel like my soul is just too skeptically single for the other half lol
4

Sep 26, 2018

There's something about this poetry that's beautiful. It's not mind-blowing, or overtly original. But it's everything that you want someone to say. It's comfortable, and touches a part of you like only some things can.
5

Jul 19, 2018

Perhaps one of the most important things that poetry can offer us is pure, unbridled honesty. Atticus, known for keeping his identity a secret, has always told the truth in each poem he writes. Thanks to Instagram, Atticus's success with his poetry has provided a path for more poets to shine bright.

The Dark Between Stars takes the reader on a journey of a blossoming relationship, the ups and downs of committing to one another, and finding oneself wrapped in loneliness once more. Similar to Perhaps one of the most important things that poetry can offer us is pure, unbridled honesty. Atticus, known for keeping his identity a secret, has always told the truth in each poem he writes. Thanks to Instagram, Atticus's success with his poetry has provided a path for more poets to shine bright.

The Dark Between Stars takes the reader on a journey of a blossoming relationship, the ups and downs of committing to one another, and finding oneself wrapped in loneliness once more. Similar to Atticus's first book, Love Her Wild, his second book is overwhelmingly romantic and full of pure nostalgia. Each poem leaves the reader with a sigh—with a "I hope I experience this type of love" kind of sigh.

Atticus's book covers loving a poet, spending evenings in Paris, allowing the universe to bring two people together, falling in love with nature, and finding your self-worth after heartbreak.

You can read through this book of poetry quite quickly, but you'll find yourself thinking about the poems long after you've finished.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* ...more
4

Sep 02, 2018

MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for a honest review.

I was sent this book unsolicited and honestly, if I never got it from the publisher, I probably would have never picked up the book and potentially lose all the beautiful quotes/poetry I've since collected since I read it. I'm not a fan of poetry. I don't hate it but I'm also not the type to lean towards it when I have a spare hour to read whatever I want. Let's just say that I have a trouble MY RATING: 4/5 STARS 

I received an ARC from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for a honest review. 

I was sent this book unsolicited and honestly, if I never got it from the publisher, I probably would have never picked up the book and potentially lose all the beautiful quotes/poetry I've since collected since I read it. I'm not a fan of poetry. I don't hate it but I'm also not the type to lean towards it when I have a spare hour to read whatever I want. Let's just say that I have a trouble understanding what good poetry is. Some poems I read sound so cheesy and it makes me shudder but then some seem to hit the exact spot deep inside me to make me feel connected to the words. It's always up in the air with poetry for me. 

And that is why I'm so happy to report that The Dark Between Stars does not aim to confuse you and were very good to read for a simple soul like me. Let's not dazzle me with unstructured lines but just tell me what you really mean. The book is filled with beautiful photography, fonts, words, and it's something you can zip through but also tab down to not down your favourites. It's meant for someone who was lucky enough to fall in love and it's meant as an ode to the ones who just can't help be the one that loves a little bit more than their partner in a relationship. 

MY RECOMMENDATION

Purchase this book for a rainy morning day where you can sip on coffee/tea or a love you want to serenade to. ...more
4

Oct 31, 2018

What a beautiful book filled with beautiful words and beautiful photographs!
Having read it in one go it feels like I had just finished reading a love story - complete with highs and lows and it is strange to think back to the poems in the beginning of the book, since they conveyed such a different atmosphere in comparison to the ones at the end.

The book as a whole feels like one big confession of love - to Paris, to Her, to the stars and the universe, to oneself, to poetry, and to love itself. What a beautiful book filled with beautiful words and beautiful photographs!
Having read it in one go it feels like I had just finished reading a love story - complete with highs and lows and it is strange to think back to the poems in the beginning of the book, since they conveyed such a different atmosphere in comparison to the ones at the end.

The book as a whole feels like one big confession of love - to Paris, to Her, to the stars and the universe, to oneself, to poetry, and to love itself.
It is impressive how with just so few words Atticus manages to take the reader on a poetic and at most times romantic journey.

Even though there are quite a few beautiful verses in the book, some of them quite well-known, I personally found Atticus' writing style throughout the book to be fairly simple at times and not always entirely to my taste.

One of my favourite quotes:
"And the little girl smiled, 'Sunset,' she said, 'that is my favourite color.'"

...more
5

Aug 04, 2018

I absolutely loved this compilation of poems! Short and sweet, but very meaningful. The concept is amazing and super relatable. I also loved the addition of the images to accompany the poems. Such a beautiful touch! I 100% recommend!
1

Nov 10, 2018

I just... do not understand the hype about any of these books. It completely lacks depth and emotion. The writing is basic and also, pretentious. There are so many other great entry level poetry books to be read! Do not bother reading these books, they really are awful.
2

Jan 23, 2019



write about me
she said —
for what's the use
in loving a poet
if they don't
make you
live forever.

5

Mar 09, 2019

I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. It reminded me of some of the works by Rupi Kaur.
4

May 04, 2019

Good not great. It was super short I read it in one sitting. There wasn’t a lot the really spoke to me I feel like it was a lot of the same thing I read in every contemporary poetry book
4

Dec 24, 2018

See this review and more on Books and Ladders!

I didn't think this was as good as the first collection but there were a lot of good poems in here. I quite enjoy the way Atticus views the world and women he loves. Definitely recommend it if you were a fan of LOVE HER WILD!

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