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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  3,345 ratings  ·  449 reviews
"YouTube Mastermind" Orion Carloto turns raw emotion into powerful, digestible verse in her debut collection of poetry.

Flux is a somber narrative, an ode to change, a collection of poetry and prose written from the many states of grief over a broken heart. With original illustrations by artist Katie Roberts, Orion Carloto creates a dream world for the brokenhearted and pai
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry
Celebrity does miraculous things. Banal high school journal scribblings can suddenly become works of art for a 226k-subscriber YouTube star. I’m trying hard to not fault Carloto’s intentions here: heartbreak, loss, extreme emotion – these things can be the BEGINNING of inspiration but they are NOT in of themselves special. Or unique. Or particularly interesting when prosaically stated, page after page (“GET OVER YOURSELF already!” I cried out several times reading). No, the trouble is that when ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, poetry
I discovered Orion Carloto’s writing this past summer in the Local Wolves magazine, which is just an all-around spectacular piece of work full of feminism and girl power. So when I later came upon the news online that Orion was releasing her debut poetry collection, it felt meant to be.

Orion-- bookspoils
“Read every word, experience every moment, and take in all the sorrows and revival that girls just like you have gone through. You aren’t alone.”

(Above quote and illustration from issue 43.)

Pulling inspiration
Whitney Atkinson
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017, poetry

ok i guess. i'm not in the right mood to read something this dark, so i skimmed the last few poems.

most of these poems employed far too many cliché turns of phrase. there's very little creative imagery, and it reads soooo conversational. the language was so plain in some poems that it began to read like diary entries of a high schooler rather than a poem.

only some were haunting and gorgeous and gave me chills, like this one:

"But while she’s sleeping in your arms at midnight,
I hope you look ou
Evie Carpenter
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you have read Baudelaire, Atwood, Shakespeare, Keats, Homer etc. and loved them, please don't read this book.

This is as low as poetry can ever get; journal entries aren't poetry. Sentences without any lyricism aren't poetry. Poetry is getting lower and lower these days.
This is Rupi Kaur, Michael Faudet and Lang Leav poorly combined together. If you're a fan of those three, prepare to read the same in Flux, but more self-centered and petty. This is all about the author's ex boyfriend and how
[Shai] Bibliophage
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Flux contains relatable sentimental one-liner quotes, poems and prose wrote by Orion Carloto. This collection shows grieving for a lost love and self-pityingly because of it. There are several poems that are I think the best ones, and these are: Delusional, Flesh and Bone, Moonlight, Haiku, Mirror Talk, Healing, Chronology, Wildflowers, Dream On, and Melancholy.
As for one-liner quote, the remarkable one for me is, "You are a dream and I don't want to wake up." Vultures, on th
Nov 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really had high hopes for it but I couldn't make it beyond 15 pages in. I like Orion, her style and energy, but I didn't enjoy this at all. I don't want to bash it like others have so I will just leave it at that.

But hey- as writers sometimes we don't knock it out of the park on our first try. With growth and maturity, maybe her writing will evolve as well. I'm hopeful.
Siena Mirabella
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
uh the illustrations were nice i guess
Apr 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I read this almost fully in the aisle of Barned and Noble, along with skimming other modern poetry books. How did poetry degress into something that is SO digestable that you don't even need to swallow, it just slides down with no flavor and.. eugh. Perhaps I sound pretentious, trying to define "true" poetry when art is constanstly evolving but poetry is supposed to be more complex that this!!!! I've read Rupi Kaur and Lang Leave, both current poets that write nearly the same words as Carlotto. ...more
Julia Sapphire
TW: Abuse and Self-Harm

2.5 stars

Most of these poems were nothing special in my opinion, but my favorites included:
Crashing Cosmos, Flesh and Bone, Your Girl, Character Development and Russian Roulette.

"Progress is dancing to the same song I used to cry to"

"He was always 5 steps ahead of me,
dreaming of the next place he could be.
And while I tried running as fast
as I could to catch up,
hanging on to the little breath I had,
I always stayed behind
rag in hand,
cleaning up the blood

The rest of
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
yikes. if carloto possessed even a single grain of self-awareness she'd realize how vapid and at times asinine this writing is lmao. it boggles the mind how influencers delude themselves into believing they're accomplished artists when in reality they're just conventionally attractive and have a young audience that for whatever reason worships every move they make 😬 ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Closer to three and a half stars

I just want to take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous cover on this?? I'm lov? Also, the even more beautiful art featured throughout?? Adored that.

I love Orion’s youtube, and her Instagram is like, god-tier level excellent, so it was exciting to then read something of hers that, like most art, is as personal a thing as poetry.
And so I've found another thing of hers to love – her writing; it's very atmospheric, and she creates some enchanting visuals. I read th
rheanne ☽
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hmm, maybe if I read it with a warm cup of coffee it would've been a better read..

I feel like this "poetry" book was made purely with the intentions of getting back at her ex, except nothing went well. Instead of publishing her journal entries, jambled thoughts and "poems" - she should've just sent the dude her writings because they are suited towards him, kinda like asking him "what happened with our love?", making the reader feel distant, since I don't know their story. I couldn't connect to
Irmak ☾
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
"He ran on false hope and empty promises."

a few sentences here and there were good, great even, but overall, for a poetry collection dealing with heartbreak, it was pretty underwhelming.

Personally, I was a huge fan of Rupi Kaur's milk and honey, and I hoped that Flux would fall into that category of simple, raw poetry. And Carloto does format some of her poems the way that Kaur does:

where it is
formatted like
- this

However Flux didn't have the same emotional effect on me as other works of poetry. A lot of the poems (as well as the prose, this book contains both) rang hollow. I felt as though they didn't bring anything new to the table, or they didn't awake in me a previous
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Truthfully, I really liked this a lot. Orion has always been someone I loved from social media being she is very open and relatable. When I first found out she was releasing this gem, I was so excited! She would always post excerpts of poems she wrote and such, and I would always screenshot it because I loved it and didn't want to forget it. Now that she's released this collection, I have them with me to refer to whenever!

There were some poems and writings that I didn't quite relate to, but a m
if i had to describe this book in one word, it would be fluxrgettable.
Thomas Clairmont
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
actual rating: 2.5/5 (but felt more like a 2)
flux by orion carloto | short book review for a short poetry book

I've read this poetry book written by Orion Carloto last night in one sitting and I really thought I would be enjoying it but it turns out I wasn't a complete fan of it.

This poetry book deals with separation, breaking up, grieving for a lost love and all the thoughts and emotions that are related to it.
Overall, it was a good reading, I was probably just expecting more of it. I really lik
Sophia Michelle
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
With the mindset of reading this as poetry book -which is what it’s claimed to be- I was pretty let down. It has no structure and is more of a diary entry. By looking at it as if I had discovered someone’s diary and dared to read it, I enjoyed it much more. Most of the time I loved the vulnerability of it. It felt like I was intruding in the deepest parts of her experiences and heart. In that sense, it was interesting and captivating. Though my expectations were not met, I thoroughly enjoyed rel ...more
Sasha ☾ ˚✧⁎
going into reading this from the reviews i expected something more generic. a pale tumblr blog in book form but reading this i learned that no matter how embedded your image is into the worlds of youtube and tumblr if your heart is true, so are your words and orion's words are a whole other brand of strange magic. ...more
Aleksandra Kusnierkiewicz
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I liked it

(Can I publish now?)
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
i read this
in 30 minutes and
it once again proves
does not
turn something
into a

Sunny Maria
3.75 ⭐️ — Flux reads not so much as a book of poetry in the traditional sense, and more as a collection of beautifully written journal entries, heartfelt love letters and thoughts. I was familiar with Orion's writing when I dived into the book so it didn't bother me much as I knew what to expect and I still enjoyed Flux a whole lot and thought it was beautiful and honest. But if you're someone who likes poetry in the traditional sense this book might not be for you. I'd recommend it to people wh ...more
maida ♡
“Gray Matter

I’ve gone mad.
It’s been 26 days since you’ve said goodbye, yet you continue to lurk
within every existing corner of my mind. I tried convincing myself
that with each passing day it would become easier, but at no chance
has it ever. It’s been 26 days without hearing your voice; you haven’t
even called to check up. I’ve ripped at my hair, drove my palms deep
into the sockets of my eyes, thrashed my temples
    and over
    and over
and you’re still there.

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Marta :}
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for granting my request to read this book. This hadn't influenced my review/rating in any way.
I think this is a case of 'it's not you, it's me'. This book reminds me a lot of Lang Leav's books, but it's not as good, it lacks originality and it didn't make me feel anything. For a reason or another, I didn't connect at all with the feelings the author was trying to inspire. I didn't feel the intensity of the grief over losing an important relationship
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a poetry book about heartbreak that you can read under 30 minutes, this fits the spot. I really enjoyed the writing, however, I must point out one thing: when people end relationships, it is so very important to be able to understand that if someone doesn't want to be with you, whichever their reason may be, that is okay, and they're not at fault because of it. If you read this book and are going through a similar situation, please don't get engulfed in the resentment it re ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
this is so repetitive.
Megan Gloeckler
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Orion Carlitos first book ever is a collection of her poetry throughout the last three years all in one. Flux was a mix of thoughts, emotions, and love she has felt throughout her journey of heartbreaks and relationships. Orion is a creative writer who wanted to publish a book for years and once she was able to get her hands on a popular publishing company for poetry books, it made her dream come true. Her poems are mostly about her life with her past relationship and how she feels before, durin ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
Not trying to put anyone down but god dammit how did she get that published???? What in the hopeless romantic was that?? A whole book about a man!! My brain couldn't comprehend it! The star is for the art, that's it. ...more
Kristy K
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, netgalley, poetry, arc
Last night,
I was drunk
on your

This morning,
I am hungover
on your

Flux is a mix of traditional poetry and Instagram poetry with some diary-like entries thrown in. Carloto writes of a broken heart and the discourse that follows when someone leaves you.

I didn’t care much for the one sentence poems that seem so popular these days, but I did appreciate a few of the more traditional pieces. I can see this striking a chord with the younger crowd; it very much reads like the experience of a
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“Sometimes things must break
in order for the wishes
we've longed for the most
to come true.”
“I was too busy
admiring the petals
that I forgot
about the thorns.”
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