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Sorry I haven’t texted you back, (I’ve been so anxious and depressed) I haven’t had time to catch my breath, you know how life gets!

Returning to the form of Stuff I’ve Been Feeling LatelySorry I Haven’t Texted You Back is a poetic mixtape dedicated to those who struggle or have struggled with their mental health. Divided into two parts, “Side A” holds 92 poems, titled as
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Published October 6th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I just love this poetry collection!

The relevant song recommendations with each poetry!

I mean that's the tea I love to slow sip and savour.

This collection is for you as much as it's for me if you want to read how it feels like you are not being understood and people keeps misjudging you.

This collection is for you as much as it's for me whose mental state and day-to-day struggling through it all is being questioned and judged as our inability and weaknesses.

This collection is for you as muc
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, poetry
This poetry collection that tackles mental health, loss, love, friendships etc had my heart soaring and generously leaping through all types of emotions.

Be like water. Fill every space like it was made just for you, like you belong there. Track Eighty-Seven

Each poetry "track" is accompanied by a "currently listening" musical experience which as an insatiable lover of music, I enjoy. Side B, offers the remixes of the 92 poems written on Side A, a style that would transfer very well in my Englis
K. Elizabeth
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely and heartbreaking.
"There's stability in the aftermath of instability. There's beauty in hard transitions."

I don’t usually read poetry but whenever I see a really cute cover on Net Galley I can’t resist myself, especially when that same poetry collection talks about mental health.

That’s how I ended up reading Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back. And that’s how I ended up loving it!

Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back is a poetry collection in form of a mix tape; there is a Side A and a Side B. In Side A we can find po
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to NetGalley, the author, & the publisher for a chance to read & review an E-ARC of this novel!**

For me, this was an impactful & quick read. I love poetry collections & this one had a unique writing style. I really enjoyed it overall. Please find my extended feedback below...along with some spoilers (beware).
Things I Liked:
-the way the poems were told in side A versus side B
-how the side B section were re-written versions of the side A section (very clever & creat
Alicia Cook
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi! Alicia Cook here.

(Updated 11/16/2020)

Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back didn't make the finals of the Goodreads Choice Awards. Still, it is so cool to have made it as far as it did! Thank you to everyone who voted!
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Tapes were a little before my time. I had some when I was a kid, but they’d mostly been replaced by CDs by the time I was a teenager and iPods by the time I was an adult. I’m still fascinated by the concept of a mix though, of choosing songs and ordering them with intention to send a message, and there are few things more romantic, in my opinion, than giving one to someone you love. My dad made me tapes of my favorite Disney songs when I was little, and I have every mix CD every friend or partne ...more
Beatrice Masaluñga
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, arc
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is better than the first one I've read from Ms. Cook. The poems here are more captivating and I enjoyed the first half of it. However, I felt disconnected on the second half for some reason. I felt like it has the same context but differently written. I just find it redundant.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I looooved this poetry collection, it is one of my all-time favorite ones now. There wasn't a poem in here that I didn't enjoy. But I especially loved those about depression and anxiety, whose hit deep. The songs listed at the end of each poem added another layer of enjoyment to my reading experience and i added some of the songs to my playlist. The list of trigger warnings at the beginning of the book was a thoughtful touch and more books should do that.
Huge thank you to Netgalley for a copy o
Alicia Cook has offered up a unique poetic experience.

The poetry was thought provoking and emotionally charged. Each poem had a corresponding song that Ms. Cook was listening to during its' completion. I found that to be an added bonus for the reader to assist in coming to a better understanding of the author. I was enamored with both Side A and Side B (although I will say Side B is more visceral). Gut wrenching and honest, you will leave this work feeling like you have lived through the journe
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
”No one knows how much she cried last Wednesday because Thursday was better and, by then, she didn’t want to dwell on yesterday.”

I really enjoyed this collection of poems, but the best part of this book is the layout of the pages and the whole “mixtape-design”. After every poem (they are called track one, track two etc.) there is a song recommendation that fits the current vibe. I created a playlist out of these songs, and I enjoyed listening to them while reading the poems. Another very unique
"So, when you feel the sadness lingering, remember not every guiding light will glow bright. There is a lesson found in all your days, even hidden in the worst ones of your life. Carry on, carry on."  

*Me to this book*: Is this a personal attack??

tw for illness, guns, and other weapons, violence, suicide, drugs and alcohol, natural disasters, death, sex, and trauma.

"It’s easy to feel out of place lately. Like you’re a day behind everyone else or in the wrong decade altogether. Maybe this
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Alicia Cook's newest poetry collection, Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back, is a super relevant exploration of mental illness, grief and lost love through verse. While I really enjoyed the first set of 92 poems (Side A), I found the remixes (Side B) even more intriguing. To create this super inventive B-side, Cook takes the first round of her poems and uses them to create new ones, using blackout/erasure poetry techniques to ultimately change their meaning. ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back' by Alicia Cook is a powerful poetry collection, in which Cook continues to bring a uniqueness to modern poetry with the structure and format of her collection. As a fan of her previous collection, 'Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately', I knew that this poetry collection would be incredibly moving and raw.

'Sorry I haven't Texted You Back' explores themes of anxiety, depression, love, heartbreak and family, just to name a few. Alicia Cook writes so powefully concerning
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Sorry I haven't Texted you back is a beautiful collection of poetry and presented in a unique and interesting way.

This book is presented as a mix tape with two sides: the first draft then the remix.

Each poem is meaningful and slips under your skin making you feel less alone and more understood. So many poems in this book resonated with me! I thoroughly enjoyed this collection
Karen Blackburn
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You guys won't ever understand how much this book meant to me. First of all, I love this woman so much! "Stuff I've been feeling lately" amazed me so much that I didn't think other book will take that place in my heart! Second of all, I had this amazing opportunity of reading it earlier. And last but not least, this book was just what I needed it. And I'm gonna leave this here so you can understand a little bit.

The past is not something we can simply put down on a coffee table or leave behind at
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
A mix-tape book of poetry where the poems in the first section were "remixed" (by crossing out many of the original words) into something wholly new. But something about the sheer size of this collection removes the surprise and power from this technique and the uneven original poems weren't enough to hold my interest. Like the themes of self-exploration and dealing with mental illness, but as art this wasn't for me.

**Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for
Aida ☾
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
i really, really loved this. i know there's a lot said about this genre of poetry but i don't care, i still like it.
i specially liked the structure of this. of each track, the pacing. but also, the difference between what side a and side b have to tell, the way they make you feel.
i felt like every track on this spoke to a different part of me, and when i reached side b, i was so moved. i teared a bit with some of these, i felt the sadness and emptiness with others. i found it so relatable.
Faeeja Humaira Meem
Thank you to Netgalley, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and of course, Alicia Cook for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved it! I was mostly drawn towards "Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back" because the title is SO ME (I mean, it's a given for a millennial introvert.)
I am not normally a fan of this genre of poetry, but this was an incredible experience. I loved the concept of it, and how it was executed. As someone who visits depression and anxiety frequently, "Sorry
Deeply personal and emotional, Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back is the latest collection by Alicia Cook. If you enjoyed her previous work, then this will be no different. Its' deeply emotive poetry will make you feel like even the darkest parts of your heart are understood. ...more
Delirious Disquisitions
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, arc
You Should Read This If You’re Looking For: easy to digest contemporary poetry dealing with depression, anxiety, mental health, suicide, survivor’s guilt, the aftermath of messy breakups, and trauma, etc.

Designed, as the cover suggests, as a mixtape with Side A and Side B. Favorite poems include: tracks 3,4, 6,7,19,25,26,29,32,73,86.

Format, Side A: contains a collection of 92 poems with titles as track numbers.
Each poem also has a song inspiration at the end, with the song title and name of t
vrenzy goel
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I have read other books by Alicia Cook and her unique writing style is enjoyable.

the music in this book along with the poems is a different kind of vibe. her musical choices are so magical, they make a mood. i love the vibe i get when reading an alicia cook book. this book, the poems hit me so hard. its like my thoughts, my interactions are reflected in cook’s words. every poem is so true for me and for i guess everyone who has mentally struggled. every poem is worthy of praise. it hit me so har
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Something that I really loved about Sorry I Haven’t Texted You Back is the way the poems were titled as tracks, and each track came with a “currently listening to” — I hope there’ll be an attached playlist upon publication, since I’ve been making my own as I go along. I really appreciated the content warnings in the beginning of the book, and from the songs I do know from the “currently listening to” section, I could see how each poem was influenced by it. A lot of the poems were incredibly rela ...more
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Cook stands out among the younger poets in her writing. Her poetry is traditional in form and much more developed than the Instagram poetry that seems to be all the rage today; her poetry also packs much more of a punch. Deep and well-thought lines adds power to the words. It is refreshing to see traditional poetry for all readers that is actually poetry and not a collection of clichés masquerading as a poem. With that being said, the second half of Cook's collection, "Side B The Remixes," takes ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
My favourite part of this book was its format: the poems are divided between Side A ("regular" poems) and Side B (blackout poetry versions of said poems). Every poem is also accompanied by a song which the author was listening to as she wrote.

In regards to the content itself, I enjoyed it but didn't find it outstanding in comparison to a lot of other "modern" poetry I've read. The writing style seemed to fluctuate a lot between pieces and I found myself losing interest several times along the wa
Ghoul Von Horror
Omg, I read this book and was swept away into such a cocoon of real love. I wish my words could describe how beautiful and moving each poem made me feel. This author is someone seriously special. I was moved by each poem. Sometimes I cried, sometimes I laughed, and sometimes I got goosebumps at how it made me feel. I will read ANYTHING she writes until I take my last breath in this world.

Thank you to Netgalley and the author for this advance copy of this book.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-faves, arc
I had never read a poetry book by Alicia Cook before, and now I wonder why.
I absolutely love the concept of this book, and love the execution of it.
The poems are all very wonderful, I bookmarked so much of them. I think my favorite part of the book was side B of the 'tapes', but I actually just loved the whole book.
I'm also a big fan of the 'Currently listening to ....' notes on the end of each page, I made a playlist with these songs which I listened to while reading the book.
Last but not least
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really resonated with this book. As a fellow person who has depression and anxiety, "Sorry I havent texted you back" hit some spots in my heart. My absolute favorite thing was the remixes. Taking all of the main tracks (or poems) and finding smaller, more intricate poems within. LOVED THAT SO MUCH. Such a unique and beautiful way to write. ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I'm so happy I learned about Alicia Cook and her poetry collection a few years ago. Some of her pieces truly stick with me and for that I'm so grateful. Thank you, Alicia. ...more
Allyson (bookstaandbujo)
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Umm wow. Link to me reading a few of these live (with permission from the author ♥️) :
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