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Review: I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey

Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me If I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.

I hope you’ll stay. I hope you’ll stay. But I would leave me too, if I could.

Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault, abusive relationship, drugs, violence, miscarriage.

I Would Leave Me If I Could is a collection of poetry by singer-songwriter Halsey, aka Ashley Frangipane. Before reading this poetry book, I was a little familiar with Halsey’s music, having heard her songs on the radio. This collection surprised me because Halsey is so open and honest about her experiences. I’ve since learnt she has always been an open book which is one of the reasons why Halsey’s fans connect with her music.

Halsey’s poems are about family, relationships, and mental health. Her writing is raw, personal, and perceptive. It does get a little repetitive at times, but that was a minor issue. Halsey also explores serious topics which is why I included a list of trigger warnings. One of the poems which stood out for me is “A Story Like Mine”. Halsey shared this poem at the 2018 Women’s March in New York City. I’ve included a link to the performance below.

This poem is powerful, heartbreaking, and moving. My respect for Halsey has grown since I read her words and watched this video.


I enjoyed Halsey’s debut collection of poetry. She is a natural storyteller with many strings to her bow. The book cover painting titled “American Woman” is by Halsey herself. I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Halsey’s music.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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