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2am Thoughts

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  77 reviews
You are holding my heart in your hands. My emotions have bled out on each and every page with the ink of my pen. Your eyes will discover my soul. Your fingers casually flipping through my mind. I hope you find each delicate word as captivating as the stars. And I hope a piece of you feels the things I felt when creating this art. - 2:00 am This modern poetry book is an exp ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published November 12th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Oh, my broken heart. 😭

Favs fragments:

Why do our hearts make the same mistakes over and over? Why do we always return only to leave again? Why is it we come back when we know it’s not right?

I lost myself while loving you.

I am broken because every time I hear that song or watch that movie or read that book I think of you and a piece of me falls away.

I am forever grateful for your love – the love that silenced my demons/>
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
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Actual Rating: 2.5*

This was okay. Some of it felt like poems and words I've read over and over but I did like the concept. I think for a debut poetry collection, this was well done, but I still have read better.
Alexis Ramos
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2am Thoughts by Makenzie Campbell is a book tat gives the reader insight of the mind when relaxed and reminessing over the events that have happened weather the day or years ago. I personally love this book because I relate to some of the poetry and emotions Makenzie has gone throug and going through. I highly reccomend this book if you would love a read that will make you feel and inspire
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I recently read some great works from Rupi Kaur and was recommended to read this work of poetry. It falls flat compared to Kaur, in my honest opinion. The prose is simplistic and the imagery is minimal.

I can see young girls, aged 14-18, enjoying this book of poetry, but for the more experience poet this collection is lack-luster. And it's not that I do not relate to the experiences described in these pages, I can recall my 17 year old self have some of the same feelings, but the poems only touc
Safa Bader
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The beginning was so poor and repetitive, but then, it got better.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Did not like this book. It felt really lazy and generic to me. I like my poetry to be really moving and touching and this just fell flat. More for casual poetry readers than people who love poetry.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, poetry
It was okay. I wasn't wowed by it. I'm glad it was short. It was relatable but just wasn't special. I do like how she separated the poems up.
Kimberly Zamora
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The book had its moments. There were moments where I related and where I connected but there were some that didn’t speak to me. It talks about love and how hearts hung it is. How it clouds our minds and bodies. It talks about the progress of heartache where you feel okay. She says how we don’t need a man to feel loved or fulfilled.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This made me cry and ache and smile and hope and wish and want to dream and look at myself in a better light. I highly recommend this to anyone who feels that they won’t find what they’re looking for out of life, so glad I picked this one up.
Nicole Jimenez
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was relatable at some points, it made me feel a lot of emotions, and brought back a lot of memories both good and bad. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read poetry about heartbreak and love.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I need my heart to be cleansed of your name

2am Thoughts are exactly that, thoughts of the author at different times. I liked the concept, but unfortunately it just didn't work for me. I picked up this book because I was looking for a light read to relax, and I always enjoy poetry for this, but this time it's just didn't deliver, even with not high expectations.

"Modern poetry" it's always tricky for me, and even if I like it very few books have been right for me. I haven't read Milk and Honey but I di
Caitlin Michelle
Ehhhh I wasn’t blown away by this, it was just sort of average. Nothing stood out to me and it was somewhat repetitive. Also it says at the end that the book is about “self love”, and other than a couple of poems, I did not see that as a focus at all.
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
Why does this feel like it was written about a middle school relationship? I know the author is young, but please get some perspective. Nothing wrong with mourning the end of a relationship, but for god's sake it is not the end of the world. This poetry collection was just not for me. Hard pass.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My fav fragments:

“There will come a point where everything falls into place.
Everything makes sense. Why this didn’t happen, why that did. Every past experience, moment, and memory is just that: in the past. And you won’t look back. You’ll be too busy living in the present world enjoying your beautiful life without hesitations or fear of anything. You’ll catch yourself smiling for no apparent reason except the realization that this is your life and you are here for it.
Jeremy D.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019_09
Twice in a day I read this book, the first time while the world was asleep, between 3am and 5, because I woke up with a sore throat, and the second time in the afternoon, while I was home sick, leaving my students with a sub.

On first read, even though it rarely had moments worthy of accolades or even modest publication, I got lost in a past life, in a teenage life, lost in a time when I walked away from someone I loved, never to see them again. In that respect, this book had a hook to the gener
Jenni Sauer
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This one didn't resonate with me as much as I hoped. While the author's words aren't bad, I felt like much of what she said I had already heard before and even within the book she was saying the same thing over and over again. The book felt long as I kept thinking "didn't she ready say this?" The poems seemed to have no natural flow. Most volumes like this have a simple outline of "love" "lost" "reflection." This was simply a muddles mess of mostly lost and randomly love and not in a way that ma ...more
Mercedes McLean-Wheeler
I appreciated the author's thoughts, but found the volume repetitive. Aside from this, I had some qualms about how the author represents blame in a relationship. I haven't fully untangled my thoughts about this, because on the one hand these are poems that are clearly an outpouring of expression from the author- and people are allowed to feel however the hell they want. However, it seemed to present an immature view of each party's responsibilities in a relationship- your responsibility to the o ...more
María R. Palacios
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This was published when she was just 18, and for it to be her first poetry collection, it was very good. I did not find it as touching and moving as I have found other poetry collections, but definitely felt kind of related to most of her words as the book is filled with heartbreaking quotes.

Some of my favorite lines:

"Do not let the dust collect in your soul. Live a life so fulfilling that it will never have enough time to do so."

"The distance between our bodies is small
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all poetry books, I am having a hard time reviewing this book. I believe that poetry is something that can be interpreted in a number of ways. I may interpret these poems differently than my roommate and my roommate may interpret these poems differently than my sister. Thus I don't feel as though I can ever give a proper review of collections of poetry because I'm not always going to relate to every poem in the book. Personally, I found these poems relatable and I throughly enjoyed readi ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
11 pm Thoughts

This is a mediocre collection of poems. I read this on my Kindle, and it appears I connected most with the same poems others also connected with. I didn’t hate this collection or love it, but I do wish the organization of the poem would have been more cohesive or topical. “Dusk” and “Dawn” didn’t seem intentional but as more of an afterthought in the editing process, and I think that sometimes distracted from the overall meaning and purpose within the text: we found ourselves in t
Zoe Phillips
I’ve gotten the amazing opportunity to review Makenzie Campbell’s poetry collection “2am Thoughts” 💭 Makenzie sent me the book herself and wrote me a sweet note inside and signed it! She is such a sweet person This was such a good collection. 6/5 stars bc that’s how good it is. I read this in one sitting, at 2am just because i’m that extra haha.. This is hands down one of the best collections I’ve ever read and i related to all of it. I read this last night when i was going through a rough coupl ...more
Brandon Kitchen
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Filled with heartbreaking and relateable quotes on every page, Mackenzie Campbell writes the heartbreaking tale of feeling like she isn't good enough to be loved as she trudges through a breakup.

I finished the book in an hour or so. I was under the impression that the book would cover life quotes instead of all having to do with relationships. The only thing I didn't like is that the author kind of sounded whiny or desperate a lot of the time, revolving her entire life around a guy and relation
Lia Portillo
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So here's the thing about this book, it's the author's first book. So of course it is no Rupi Kaur work, or a poetry book filled with numerous amount of imagery and deeper connections, but it is a great book to remind you that you can move forward. I am a poetry lover, and loving poetry means so much more than how good the work is, but to support future poets and encourage them to continue. That way poetry will live on, and continue to fill the empty voids that it fills in us. Yes, this book is ...more
Miriam Rose
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I first opened this book, I read a couple of poems featuring a girl who felt incomplete and empty without her former lover. This girl was depressed and adamant to get this man back. But as the pages turned and the poems kept coming, the girl found acceptance in herself and realized that she wants love...but doesn't need anyone to feel whole. That made my heart soar. This is a perfectly paced read with many painful and inspirational poems that I will keep inside my my soul for y
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
All in all, this book is not only about the love we hold for others. It is about self love.

You do not need a man to make you feel whole. You should feel that on your own.

And you need to understand that you must first love yourself before allowing another person to do so.
10:56 AM
Funnily enough, this book did not read like self love for me but rather sounded boy-crazed. Additionally, the writing seemed pretty simplistic.
This was just not my cup of tea and no poe
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am honoured to have read such personal poetry from Campbell, so this review is strictly based on my own preference of poetry delivery, and not intended to offend or discuss the importance of its content. Personally, I found the delivery to be quite amateur, reminiscent of Rupi Kaur (if Kaur was in grade 10). The poetry was more akin to prose, and not like art. I did, however, like the idea of the timestamps and the symbolism of the time in different stages of her loss, grievance, acceptance, a ...more
Meghan H.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very beautiful poems.

I give this book 4 stars because I did not feel like I could relate to most poems. However, they are so full of emotions that it's impossible not to feel overwhelmed (in a good way) reading them.

I found some gems in there and overall really enjoyed the book!

I would highly recommend 2am Thoughts to anyone who wishes to explore themes such as romantic love, heartbreak, sorrow and self-love.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
There is a line at the end that says there will be a moment when reading this book of poetry when you’ll realize why you’re reading it. I know who I’m reading this about and if I had read this two years ago, my answer would have been Eamon. But now the same thing has happened a year later and I don’t know what the answer is. So I’m still crying and heartbroken and sad. But I know it will reveal itself. It always does. Just in less obvious forms than babies (thank god).
Meghan Childs
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve never really read any poetry. Mostly because I remember reading poetry in high school and not being able to understand it at all. But I picked up this book on a whim while shopping at Target and I’m so happy I did. It was not hard to understand at all! The opposite actually. I read this book in one sitting! I thought it was very relatable for anyone going through a break up or a hard time. I feel like I need to read this eventually to get a better understanding of all the poems!
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