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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  103 reviews
By the author of the wildly successful 2am Thoughts, comes Nineteen titled after the poet's age when she wrote this new book. Nineteen is a collection of poetry that broaches heartbreak, love, loss, war, peace, and healing.
For every place we go, there is a feeling or memory that's been painted on the walls. You can paint over it, but it will always be there. Even if you
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Central Avenue Publishing
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sarah xoxo
Nineteen is a collection of poetry and prose written by Mackenzie Campbell, titled after the age at which she wrote it.

Overall, the writing was done well, especially for such a young author. My main problem was just that it didnt evoke the emotion in me that is so critical for my enjoyment of poetry.

Modern poetry gets a bad rep, and I dont want to be that person who reads it for the sake of hating and bashing it- condensing a whole genre into a single one star review. I want to preface this by
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Now I don't read much poetry but after diving into Nineteen I'm thinking that I should. This entire book was filled with inspirational and thought-provoking poems. Each part was utterly breathtaking and eye-opening. Not going to lie, I took my sweet time devouring each word (even if I read it within a couple of hours). I am still thinking about what I read during this very moment.

It was beautiful to read about healing,
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020
Many thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Expected Release date: March 3rd 2020

Nineteen is a collection of poetry which deals with love, heartbreak and personal contemporary issues. This is the first collection of Campbells Ive read, and Im still fresh to reading poetry since I only started seeking it out mid last year. But I have always found it hard to rate poetry; it has so many different parts and is so personal. Its so different from a
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am the worlds canvas and each new location colors me.

I always find it difficult and unfair to rate poetry because I feel that it is so deeply personal.

Nineteen is about love and heartbreak. Its about the ups and downs of transitioning through adulthood.

Love is pure and also cruel. It puts us in our most vulnerable position and maybe we heal from it but it scars us. The scars last for a lifetime. Reminders of past people, lovers.

This was a nice read, gentle, but heartbreaking. Ive been getting
Andrea Pole
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Nineteen by Makenzie Campbell is a charmingly relevant and contemporary take on the experience of transitioning into adulthood. This collection of prose really resonated with me, and just flowed through my consciousness in such a lovely and profound way. I am intrigued enough to seek out more of this exciting young poet's work.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the opportunity to read this ARC.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He is sweet
and kind
and everything
I have ever wanted
which is why
I cannot figure out
why I do not
want him.

(love never runs the way you want it to.)

Something I will never forget is that one moment on my husband's best friend's wedding. His (the friend's) sister was looking proudly at her big brother, telling me 'he's a good man. So is yours. I'm a bit jealous of people like the bride and you, I wish I fell for the good guys.' It struck me as odd at that moment. Like, there she sat, next to her
Taylor Knight
I've been reading quite a bit of poetry lately and even though I did enjoy Nineteen, it didn't provoke much emotion from me. I thought the poems were really good for the most part but they seemed more like slam poetry and it didn't translate to the page and to me like they probably would have it they were read aloud, slam poetry style.
Overall, I appreciate the personal story told within Nineteen and enjoyed most of the poems, however, I think they would translate verbally much better than on
1.5 stars
3/5 stars. Thank you Central Avenue Publishing for approving this eARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Definitely not what I was expecting but in a good way. Most poetry books I've read are like long and short poems, the short ones being the most meaningful to me but I surprisingly found that Nineteen was more like a collection of short stories written in prose and poems. A very emotional journey in every one of them, with some being very relatable to my life and hitting the same
reanna ✰༄
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy of this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

*2.5 stars

Nineteen is a collection of poetry by a nineteen year old girl focusing on mental illness, heartbreak and coming of age. While I dont love this style of poetry, there were some really lovely parts that I did enjoy. I felt like this lacked the emotion that I typically seek when reading poetry. It was a lot like how I felt while reading milk & honey, though I liked this one far more. I get that the author
Greyson | Use Your Words
I should have never made a home of you.
People are not homes.
Not when they can stand up and walk away whenever they decide it is time to go.

I think perhaps this wasn't for me.

I love poetry, it has made me feel so seen and understood thanks to the personal words of so many.

But this didn't make me feel any of that and I think it really just comes down the the fact that I was not the right audience for this particular collection.

But I do think this would be great for the right person. For
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, arc-s, poetry
There were things I distinctly disliked about this collection which warranted a lower rating. Like the structure, which is a mess, or the fact that it just feels like disconnected thoughts all shoved together instead of a fully formed idea. A lot of the sentences are powerful, but each sentence felt entirely separate from the next. It was just strange. But I want to give it a higher rating because it provoked a hugely visceral sadness in me, a feeling of absolute isolation and uncomfortable ...more
Jinghay (TheSecretNoceur)
[ I received an arc on Netgalley in return for an honest review. ]

'Nineteen' is a poetry collection that talks about loss, growth and mental health during difficult periods of our life.

A lot of the poems in this collection were honestly a spot on depiction for situation- like, how it can feel when you're lost on what to do, or simply following the path that has been "pre-decided" for you.

There were also many inspiring poems about healing and growth, and I loved how they gave a sense of
Alicia Bayer
I've been getting back into poetry after many years of busying myself with practical things, and it's been so disappointing to find so many Instagram style poetry books of just generic words put to paper about how the poets feel with nothing to them. These all feel like angsty but dull diary entries in free verse form, with no playing with words and using poetic tricks to turn words into something more. I have luckily found a few poetry books lately that are not like this (I'm reading ...more
Neide Gomes
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, poetry, arc, 2020
4/5 stars!

"I should have never made a home of you.
People are not homes.
Not when they can stand up and walk away whenever they decide it is time to go."

***A big thank you to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review***

Im surprised! Nineteen is a mature and beautiful collection of poems about love and getting hurt. Not only that, but it also talks about healing your heart and moving forward with your life. It was written by Makenzie Campbell when she
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I really enjoyed this one.

Thank you to the publisher for giving me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have never read the poetry book from this author before this one but I am very tempted to do so after reading this one.

I loved the writing style of the poetry if that even makes any sense. The stanzas and such were nicely divided as well so you weren't confused (I had many other book where I got confused because of no spacing)
The images of the book were very nice as
Allyssa (Book Ally)
I am never sure how to review a poetry collection. But I will say all of the poetry I have picked up has been modern and most I am not fond of and this one was very different.

I think this one covers alot. Just reading it I think you would feel it's mostly about love and loving someone else but I think it is alot more than that. I definitely felt there was self love, self discovery, growth, pain, hurt, heart break, friendship as well as love and much more within this book. Which I think most
I. B.
I really enjoy Makenzie Campbell's aesthetic. From the cover, to the art in the book, to the way her poetry is constructed, there's a lot of potential.

But this just fell very short for me. These were all metaphors and analogies that I've heard and seen before on Instagram & Facebook poetry pages. They were all your classic tropes: your chest being compared to caged birds, love being written in the stars, hearts being compared to growing flowers, watering dead relationships and expecting
gwendalyn _books_
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Nineteen, is thought provoking, wonderful collection of poems that are incredibly raw.
The writing is emotionally charged and the stanzas were perfectly divided. Allowing the reader to glimpse Campbells inter most thoughts, as she is overcoming some personal struggles of heartbreak and sorrow. Also it dives into the a young womans
Electriss ★BookishGamer★
I am 19. Reading this I felt no connections at all with the writing and the experience the author was talking about. I understand not everyone experiences the same thing at the same age, but I wasn't expecting this to solely be about love/heartbreak. Also I feel like this was trying to be a selfhelp book while also being lyrical poetry.... Overall just not for me.

*eArc of Nineteen provided by Netgalley*
Kirsten Tattersall
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This collection was honestly a little forgettable. It's broken up into six parts and the first three or four read very repetitively. The poetry is pretty good but it's just not really what I like in poetry, although there are a few quotes I'll be saving.

There are flowers that grow inside her chest.
They are not seasonal.
They are always growing.
And every time she smiles I swear a new seed sprouts.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley.

This book is one of the best poetry collections I've read so far this year. It includes matters such as heartbreak, love, loss, war, peace and healing. I could relate so much to this book, it felt like reading my own soul. I totally recommend it if you're a fan of Lang Leav or Amanda Lovelace. Rating: 5/5 stars
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*

Nineteen is a beautiful collection of poetry written when the author was transitioning into adulthood. The words just flowed into one another and I related to so many of the individual poems. I havent read the authors debut but I will definitely be checking it out. The author has an amazing talent and I am hungry to read more.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't bad, it was pretty good even, but I didn't get the strong feelings I enjoy getting out of poetry. For me, it circled a bit too much about not being a whole person without a love interest and I guess I like being whole on my own, even with my broken pieces. So that did bother me, even tho I realise a lot of poetry is written about heartbreak.
Hafsah Hussain
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This poetry book is a work of art. The writing was lyrical and each poem was expertly written. I found myself emotionally connecting so much to each poem. I also loved the themes discussed. I definitely recommend to anyone who wants a short, poetry book that is both heartfelt and touching.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to be pretty picky about the poetry collections I like but this is one I ended up enjoying. I found it to be inspirational and thought provoking at times. While I did read this in one sitting, I took my time taking it what each poem had to say. Id pick up poetry collections by this author in the future! ...more
lena ☀️
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received a copy of this through NetGalley for review.

Being only 20 myself I expected more of this to be relatable than it was. That being said there were many poems, many lines that I highlighted and did indeed relate to. I love the way this collection was broken up and I would definitely recommend to anyone despite the age specific title. Many of these are ageless and all are wonderfully written.
Shy Bradford
Thank you to Netgalley for this piece.
It was full of love. this book of poems showcases what it feels like to love, to fall out of love, and to be taken away from love. this isn't usually the kind of book i would like but the writing was good enough.
Amy Layton
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems
This collection is tender and well-rounded, making for a pleasant reading experience as Campbell discusses the joys and disappointments of love and its subsequent loss.  I'm beginning to think that this type of poetry is no longer for me, as I don' quite find myself in the same stages of life revolving around romance.  But, hey, there's a lot of folks out there that I'm sure would really enjoy this, especially since we're seeing a renaissance in poetry!  

Overall, certainly enjoyable but not
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley, publisher and author for a copy of this book.

I was underwhelmed by this collection. I couldnt connect with the poems.
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