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Take Me with You

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,144 ratings  ·  437 reviews
For readers of Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey) and Cheryl Strayed, a book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.

Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploratio
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Plume Books
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Chelsea slytherink
Sep 02, 2017 added it
Recommends it for: poetry fans
Andrea Gibson prefers they/them pronouns, so can you please stop misgendering them in your reviews?!
20 October 2017:

This is probably the purest poetry collection I've ever read.

I know poetry is extremely personal, you have to connect to an author's personal experience to really enjoy what this person has to say, and fortunately for me I did connect with Andrea Gibson. They touched my heart on so many levels, reading their poetry collection was a beautiful experience.

There is a huge message of hope hiding behind all these poems, and this collection isn't trying to sell you some easy and pol
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I like the idea and sentiment of these poems but I feel like the poet barely scratches the surface. It is more like they are presenting the reader with brief sentiments rather than fully developed poems. I feel like there is a lot more there, and using their themes of the intersection of politics and love, love-as-resistance, etc., I would just say, please do more with these ideas.

As they are, they fall into the Instagram/Tumblr poetry category... some compare with Rupi Kaur but I would only agr
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the craziest lines collection I have ever read🙃

The pair is just beautiful and damned😉

And so crazily into each other.

The illustration got me. Like...I am in a dream and he is just talking about his girl.
Makes me want to be in love. With a normal human being.

This is the irony of reading such silly, cute books.

There he is describing the one he loves who is different from others and why and how he loves this person for being this person.

And while I am this one, I am thinking about a normal, o
Beatrice Masaluñga
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, poetry
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Since I adore Rupi Kaur's poems, I'm intrgued to give Take Me With You a try. It's a LGBTQ poem collection which explores various topics. The topics that highlighted this book were political and family related poems. Raising their voices as they struggled on being accepted by the society and their love ones. It's written with such rawness and I like it. However, some poems aren't my cup of tea particularly about love. I thought the
Nov 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Last year November, during my final week of being in Bombay, I went to this cute little bookstore which I had been wanting to go to but for some reason kept postponing (I had only gone to bookshops and pubs for the whole week, I was up to something) and I found this book. I had very little money left so I knew I couldn't have bought this so I started reading it and the store owner kept giving me glances. I couldn't obviously go past few pages thus promised I would pick it later.

And one year dow
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Go to Andrea Gibson’s website, and see how they are marketing this little pocketbook of inspirational quotes.

"A pocket book, by Andrea Gibson. Out January 23rd, 2018
A book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.
Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the ex
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, review-copies
I didn’t feel this collection of poems to be very impactful.

I want to start off with the fact that this book has gorgeous end pages and along with the gorgeous end pages, the illustrations within the book are also beautiful. Again, like I mention when I review poetry, I don't know much about poetry but I enjoy reading it and taking in the emotions and relating to it.

This collection of poetry is divided into three sections:
On love
On the world
On becoming

I felt the sections "on love" and "on the w

Disclaimer: Got a pre release ARC copy through Net Galley for an honest review.

Expected Publication Date: 13 February, 2018

Take Me With You is a collection of LGBTQ poems written by Andrea Gibson. And is divided into three segments: Love, The World and Becoming, through which it explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness.

Few of the poems were really well written and touches your heart. But many were just, Just Bad. Among which some were too cliched and some cri

May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this. A whirlwind of words, and someone screaming poetry at me – responding to the poetry within me? Well, finally.
This is an important book addressing love, the world, politics, ourselves, panic attacks, and simple reminders… realisations?
And one life lesson I picked up (in Capital letters! YES!): The worst thing that ever happened to me was not the worst thing that ever happened to me. Hating myself for it was.”
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, poetry
sorta trite insta-poet-like fluff punctuated by watered-down platitudes that make this kind of bottom-shelf stylizing of what is otherwise an amazing poet's polished and refreshing form into something completely lacking the much-anticipated depth. andrea gibson is a mystifying poet! but this formatting continues to embarrass me. ...more
Brandon Forsyth
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I laughed as much as I cried. It was a huge mistake to take this book out in public.
Taylor Dee
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
So.... I didn’t love this. It wasn’t bad or unenjoyable by any means. However, I had a hard time connecting with the majority of the poems.
“Coming into our own humanity often takes enormous effort, commitment, and bravery. I believe we should be taught that at an early age. I believe part of the violence of our culture stirs from the myth that kindness is natural. I don’t think kindness is natural. I think kindness would only be natural in a world where no one is hurt, and everyone is hurt. So kindness is work. Kindness is our knees in the garden weeding our bites, our apathies, our cold shoulders, our silences, our cruelties, w
I originally was going to give this book 2 stars, but the more I read the more I started to like it. It’s not my favourite poetry book I’ve read but I felt a range of emotions and even laughed around while reading this book. I always appreciate an author that can make me feel more than one emotion and Andrea Gibson did just that.
poetry of the week #9

This is modern poetry done right, the Kaur style effective, and Andrea Gibson is a genius. I love their work here, and as a live performer so so much. I liked this collection a lot.


There I something I want to discuss. I noticed that the end page said these lines and such were just excerpts from other collections by Gibson, and I inferred from the marketing and blurb that either Gibson on someone on their team purposefully pulled parts of other poems and one-liners to s
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
General Rating: 7/10
Personal Rating: 6.7/10

Most of the poems were interesting but not as impactful to me. Still, a solid poetry collection.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
We've been thrown the scraps in a cool looking font.

I was expecting a book of poetry, whereas I read a book of quotes. Even then, I expected more - especially from a goodreads choice award nominee.

Gibson seems to have had a difficult and confusing life. Contradictions abound. Whitman: Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

They (she) ask(s) us (me) to be kind (pg. 125) while taking a detour straight through the belly of uncensored rage. (5
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I didn't mean to read Take Me With You in one sitting, but the bus ride was long and at every page I felt more alive. It was an emotional roller coaster that I will certainly be taking again... and again and again and again.

These are excerpts of poems. Some of them were new to me, some I've had the pleasure of listening to live. Some of these few lines managed to take me right back to that extraordinary moment when Andrea Gibson was in front of me, their voice everything. They are magic and they
Jul 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl who want to read only excerpts of their poems

Interestingly, anything can pass as poetry nowadays. I was expecting a real poetry type of collection.

After finishing this I saw that these are excerpts from Gibson’s poetry collections. Why would someone do that, pull just some parts of their poetry, and make this? I didn’t like the first part of the collection. I was reading it with a confused grimace face because some things made me go wtf? The second and third parts had two or three quotes (I refuse to call them poems) that were to my
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thoughts after I finished it: The moment I was finished I immediately reread all of it again and I can see myself rereading it over and over again in the near future as well.

Full review

(originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)

Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, this means that the author may have made changes in the final print and some of the quotes used in this review may have been changed

This book was absolutely beautiful and it’s s
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

Some poems hit me hard in simplicity and power. Some felt like a quick scribble that didn't feel like it needed a page.

Still, those powerful ones made up for it. In the end spoken word is best spoken than read. Some of the poems i have watched Gibson perform on youtube.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay, I initially thought, “Yeah, a 3 seems like a pretty solid rating.” Except now that I look back at some of what I read, I changed my mind, haha.

Andrea Gibson’s Take Me with You is for the folks who are fans of the poetry style that you often see on Tumblr and Instagram; something along the lines of Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, Clementine von Radics— In other words, this isn’t my cup of tea, but I picked it up anyway because it’s not every day you get to read works by trans/nonbinary poets.

The mean
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take Me With You is definitely an appropriate title. As I finished reading I felt that this would be a wonderful book to keep with you and read passages from whenever life is getting you down because “beating yourself up is never a fair fight.”

There are three parts that cover sexuality, gender, politics, feminism, family and accepting oneself. I breezed through this little book in half an hour but I was so taken with it that I know I’ll find myself revisiting it often. Not to mention, the illust
Bree Hill
Loved Pansy by Andrea Gibson so I was very excited when I learned she had another poetry collection coming out. This one was okay to me. I hate to compare it to Pansy but Pansy completely blew me away! I couldn’t recommend it enough! I was trying to put in the hands of anyone I could. This one just didn’t leave me with that feeling. The good thing about Poetry is that everyone interprets it different and there are collections that if you read them initially at the wrong time you may reread them ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don’t want to be super negative because the author writes a lot about insecurities and the difficulties they’ve faced so I applaud them for having the courage to write this but ... here are two pages from the book:

“You look like Marilyn Monroe and it makes me wanna run ... for president”

“Like pac-man, she swallows my ghosts”
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Part 1: Cheesy? Maybe. But in clever ways. The pronouns get a little confusing in terms of who and how many people are being referred to, but it almost made me want to see for myself what falling in love is like.
Part 2: Better. Both idealistic and truthful.
Part 3: Ultimate self-care? Mixture of cliches and poetic gems.
Some of the “poems” I wish were extended into longer pieces, but brevity seemed to be a goal here, so I’m not too irked by it.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a collection of poetry / brief thoughts. I most enjoyed the first part on the theme of love.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Some of these poems were wonderfully witty and incisive and personal but quite a few just didn't connect with me. ...more
May 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
2 stars. 1 for the cover and 1 for how ridiculous some of these poems were. I could not resonate with any of them but I did enjoy the ride
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Andrea Gibson is an award-winning poet and activist who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Their latest book THE LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES will be published by Button in November 2018.

Their poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, social reform and the struggles LGBTQ people face in today's society. In addition to using poetry to express what they feel and provide social and political commentary on real

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