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A Beautiful Composition of Broken

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,522 ratings  ·  255 reviews
r.h. Sin, bestselling author of the Whiskey, Words & a Shovel series, returns with a collection of poetry and prose meant to remind the wounded that they are, in fact, beautiful in a way society may never comprehend.

A Beautiful Composition of Broken is inspired by some of the events expressed artistically by Samantha King in the bestseller Born to Love, Cursed to Feel.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Rowan I'm fifteen and loved this book. I'd say teen years up to mid adult. It's the perfect read for anyone going through a broken heart, though.

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Joseph Spuckler
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

r.h. Sin is the bestselling author of the three-book collection Whiskey, Words & a Shovel. The first edition sold out quickly and a second and expanded printing of the first book has since been published making it accessible to most readers. Sin created a sensation in American poetry with the release of Whiskey, Words, & a Shovel. Although some may wonder if his work is poetry, in the strictest sense, it did make reading poetry a cool thing again and brought with it a younger generation
Alyssa Marie
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-poetry
I received this eARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

1.5 *

ALRIGHTY THEN. So I went into this book hoping I would like it, maybe even love it. I had heard some not so great things about the author and how he might not be the greatest person. But separate the author from his work?? Yeah didn't happen. I basically hated this...a lot. Probably 90% of the time I was trying to keep myself from rolling my eyes, vomit, or laugh. This was cheesy y'all. Like not the kind of cheese I like t
Cassandra Fay
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can't say I was a huge lover of poetry until I read this tome. I'm sure it was the hard time I had found myself in when this book found me that really influences my strong love for it. It is of course, like most modern poetry, some very empowering stuff as I find myself in this flesh cage they call a female organism.
It is a lot about relationships, and learning to value yourself, even if the world has shown you that you aren't of value.
It is a book you read as a pick-me-up. It is a book you r
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews, 2-star, poetry
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. There were some beautiful poems and sentiments in here, and many resonated with me;

loving yourself
will save your soul


she sat in the corner
with her face in a book
hiding from anxiety
trying not to panic

Which is pretty much me in a nutshell.


There were the self indulgent rants about how readers and critics don't understand how wonderful/ talented/ genius he is. It was really off-putting and ruined the beauty of the other poems.

most of my critics
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
While some of the poems in here were actually really beautiful, most of these 480 pages were just another variation of "You don't deserve the love I give you and I should give it to myself". It was fine at first, but in the end, this was just waaay too long. It could have easily been cut in half, in my opinion. Plus the glorification of mental illness struck a wrong chord with me as well. I'll try a different author when I feel like poetry again, I think.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I ever feel like ugly crying again, I'll just reread this book.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC of this book on NetGalley. Earlier this year I bought Whiskey, Words, & a Shovel II and was thoroughly disappointed in it. I was hoping this new title would bring redemption for me, but I was mistaken.

As with the previous title, the pieces in this work didn't feel like solid, polished, final-draft works. It felt much more like the beginning ideas that I writer might jot down quickly in a notebook by the bedside at midnight to come back to and develop later. In fact, some p
Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
“A Beautiful Composition of Broken”
Written by R.H. Sin
Review written by Diana Iozzia

“A Beautiful Composition of Broken” was the first book I had decided to read by R.H. Sin. After receiving a set of three from the publisher for reviewing purposes, I began the book and did not want to stop reading. I didn’t. I read the entire book in one night. An hour in the afternoon and then two hours at night. I have not read much of modern poetry, so I was intrigued by his books. He writes mostly about love
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebook, owned
it lives there.
silence is a home
and it houses everything
i’ll never say

this was
okay i liked
that there was
little to none of
the confusing breaks such
as this one

This collection was another one of heartbreak, self-love and feminism all in one package. A new addition to those was the topic of disorders, such as OCD and anxiety. I really wasn't expecting those and it was great that Sin shone a light on them.

Now, the writing is something I'm undecided on. There were rarely poems that I fe
Julia Sapphire
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
you've been hurt
you've made your mistakes
you've been called out
of your name
you've felt broken
you've fallen down
you've had to pick up the pieces
of your heart and start over
you've been mishandled, neglected
disrespects and you've felt unprotected
all of which has caused you to guard your heart
but you're stronger

look at what you've been through
you're a queen who always gets through
you're a woman who continues to survive

I was so looking forward to this release and I was not let down. I have read
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is the Taylor Swift of poetry. And that is not a compliment.

Repetitive. Call out prose on the ~haterz~. Nothing revolutionary. No growth displayed. Feminist Lite philosophy with at the same time buying into outdated social ideals. Bleh.

The first half was sort of okay but the second half was just a rehash and honestly. Boring. Maybe if it was written by a female author instead of a male it might have been somewhat interesting but all I could get from this was tortured Nice Guy whose gen
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really do appreciate what Andrews McMeel does for young, fresh poets like this--I gave Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" 5 stars without even really considering it a great work of poetry. What it does for teenage girls is invaluable, it feels so universal, and the fact that the bookstore where I work has sold so many copies to young women makes me hopeful for this movement of self-love.

This book, however, is a bland imitation of that, and I can't for the life of me remember a single word from half
Polo Lonergan
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was predisposed to like this, because I like short sharp contemporary poetry. HOWEVER.

Three reasons I could not enjoy this book:

1. He unironically refers to a vulva as a 'flower'.
2. He writes multiple angry poems about how people DON'T UNDERSTAND HIS GENIUS! GASP!
3. OCD is a curse, not a personality quirk that makes you more organised.

I hate-read the last quarter of this book. There was some good content, some poems that were alright, but this is not the book for me. More power to those who g
Kelly K
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I found this a great struggle to finish reading it straight through. It was 400 some poems that sounded like the exact same thing. While I can see this being uplifting for others, it didn't do anything for me.
Kate ♡
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5/5
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love it when I read poetry that hits close to home. This definitely empowered me, gave me hope, and solidified that I always deserve the best out of life and out of love. ❤
Madam J
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
Before reviewing this, I went to find out what this modern-poetry guy was all about, since I knew nothing about him. It turns out, these poems are a social media phenomenon. And then it all made sense. I learned two other things about Sin in the New Yorker article: he's 27, and he is as pretentious as his poetry indicates he would be.

Sin's success isn't so much about the poetry, but more his mastery of social media. As such, in terms of the use of the media to attract the audience to make the ca
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I would like to start off this review by saying that I am not a picky reader. I'd consider myself very easy to please, especially when it comes to poetry (my profile currently states that I give an average rating of 4.27 stars out of 5, if that tells you anything).So. Here we go.

This, at first, will sound harsh (bear with me), but these poems reminded me of the poetry that I filled notebooks with back in high school. Do not misunderstand- my poetry wasn't half bad. While they were base on an emo
I've loved Sin's past work and really enjoyed the Whiskey, Words and a Shovel series. This one was...not that. It's an odd combination of life advice, self-help and complaints about heartbreak poorly disguised as poetry. This just didn't work for me. There are several mentions of people that the author feels are simply jealous of his success. Bringing that up once is a turn off, bringing it up several times just seems petty and immature. The little bit of magic that exists throughout Whiskey is ...more
Jocelyn Mit
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I was enthralled the moment I flipped through the pages of this small, thick book. Because I write my [short] poetry in the exact same way. Non-rhyming, eccentric, weird use of line breaks to signify tone, and no caps on the first word of each sentence.

I liked parts of it, could relate to most of it, but some pages I just skimmed through too. It’s like small doses of comfort food for the heart. I will read his other books too.
Megan Gloeckler
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such beautifully written poem for anyone who have experienced any type of affection or love can really get into their bag.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorites, 6-stars
I wish I could get every word of his tattooed onto my body. Somehow I've related to just about 97% of what R.H Sin has written in each of his books and I have never felt that way before. I though Milk and Honey got to me on a level that I didn't think possible, but without a doubt R.H Sin takes Rupi Kaur's place as of now. I loved this. I wanted to let this run for a while and not read it all in one go because I always find myself missing out on a lot of deeper poetry when I read these books lik ...more
Madalyn Beck
DNF p. 180 - I just can't anymore. These are just statements in binding.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
r.h. Sin's A BEAUTIFUL COMPOSITION OF BROKEN explores the beauty that resides in brokenness. There are broken people, broken relationships, broken societal expectations, broken love. In fact, a good portion of the poems in this collection reside in the metaphysical space of desiring a fulfilling experience of love, or loving someone who doesn't love you back. For example, in the poem "in gardens we wait" he writes "each of us, roses/waiting to be picked/chosen by the hand/who isn't afraid of our ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best poetry book ever.
I can't write about this in like, review form. these poems reminded me so much of my own problems, memories, everything. I can't relate, but I can say that some of these poems really got me thinking onto my own past. I wish so badly I can say 'relate' though, I feel like I do! Some of these poems just get me, but I don't feel exactly how the author feels. I feel my own way, and this book is so powerful.
so powerful. I am still stunned, I annotated it after reading th
Coral Rose
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I waffled a lot on this one, between 3 and 2.
TL;DR - strongest when speaking from his own pain rather than for another gender.

Some really poignant and pointed poems, short and sweet. As in:

she refused to be anyone's cup of tea
she was more so the finest glasses of whiskey

He writes spot on of pain and broken relationships.

Needed stronger editing. A couple times a poem was just a couple lines off of an earlier poem, would have been strengthened by placing them right after each
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anybody and everybody needs to read this poetry collection! It’s definitely for all the broken hearted people or the ones who are always feeling down. I always have felt inspired by his writing to keep my head up and continue doing what I’m doing no matter how down and depressed I feel. His poetry no matter which collection you read is always beautifully written and I always feel as if it’s specifically written for me! This one shows you can be down in the dumps and heartbroken but you still hav ...more
Dulce Silva
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the way this author expresses their feelings. It connects to its audience and it makes me enjoy the book ten times more. The book is about many thing although the author has a particular pattern. They talk about heartbreak and the process of recovering. The healing. It’s not easy and this book expresses that. There a process and it’s going to be hard, the author makes it relatable. I would highly recommend.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
5/5 - probably the best poetry collection I've read.

i've come to realise that
negative criticism
often arrives from the lips
of someone incapable of accomplishing
the things you can


you are an unforgettable moment
a lifetime of delight
don't let them fool you into thinking
that your presence means nothing
don't let them fool you into thinking
that somehow you're ordinary
Nov 17, 2018 added it
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And I am going to be honest. I liked R.H. Sin’s first book of poetry, but I feel like everything after it is just a carbon copy. I can’t bring myself to get through this one.
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“you've been holding on
to someone who no longer
deserves your grip
you've lost countless hours of sleep
thinking about someone who doesn't
deserve to be on your mind

you've displayed an amazing ability
to care so deeply unconditionally
and you're beautiful because of that

one day you'll be rewarded
with a love that mirrors your own
but first you must move on
without the person who refuses
to love you”
“if i could do it all again
i would've loved me more
instead of waiting on you”
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