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Halsey Is “In Shock” After Being Named A New York Times Best-Selling Author

Halsey has a lot to be thankful for this week!

The singer-songwriter has now added another major accomplishment to her repertoire. Her first book of poetry, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry, was No. 2 on The New York Times Best Sellers hardcover fiction list as of last Thursday morning, Nov. 19.

The 26-year-old “Without Me” singer reacted on her social media pages, writing that she was “kind of in shock,” but also acknowledged the years of preparation that led her to this moment.

“I woke up to discover that I am a New York Times Best Selling Author. I am kind of in shock,” she wrote alongside a childhood picture of herself drawing on her knee. “Accolades are sometimes based on weird algorithms and viral hits and luck. But sometimes they are based on a true human connection to the art.”

She continued, “The tiny girl who learned all her life lessons in novels, propped up on her elbows with a flashlight at night, thanks you. The teenager distracted through all her high school classes, writing short stories about great loves and world adventures, thanks you. The 20-year-old huddled over her phone in her notes app, crying silently through a moment of weakness on the 200th airplane that year, thanks you. 26-year-old me who has often seen my art populate because of a pretty outfit or a dating rumor, thanks you.”

I Would Leave Me If I Could is an intimate collection of poetry that takes its readers on a journey through the highs and lows of failed relationships, bipolar disorder, family ties and sexuality. More hand grenades than confessions, these autobiographical poems explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power.

At time of publishing, the book is currently No. 2 on Amazon in the “Poetry by Women” category.

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Sarah DeNunzio

"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer." - Karl Kraus