Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

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Spoiler free!

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis: “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

My thoughts: 

I’ve been seeing this book pop up everywhere, and wanted to give it a try after hearing so many good things about it. This book was a very quick read and I was honestly surprised at how raw and personal this book was.

I sat here for a long time struggling to find the right words to explain why this book is worth 4 stars. Its worth the 4 stars, because of how much I saw myself through her words. It’s an indescribable feeling when you read a book written by someone else, but their words and feelings are pretty close to your own.

I can see why some people might not enjoy this book. A few didn’t like how this book was formatted, however, I didn’t mind it at all. Sometimes it changed to correlate with what she was talking about. And to me, that just made it more powerful. At times it did feel like I was reading from a angsty teen’s tumblr, but again, that didn’t bother me. However, if that doesn’t appeal to you, then you may not enjoy it as much as I did.

The reason I didn’t give it a 5 stars is because of how messy it was. Amanda Lovelace jumped around a lot from topic to topic. One page she will be talking about her mother, then the next about her body issues, then about a boy then back to her mother. The changes were very abrupt and that kind of ruined it a bit for me. Maybe it was intentional, I’m not a poetry reader so maybe I missed the point.

I loved the You section, that was my favorite part of the whole book. I loved seeing her emotions transform from an insecure girl to a more empowered woman.

This book may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I do recommend to read it at least once.

Have you read this book, if so, did you like it or dislike it ? Let me know!

Thanks for reading ❤

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

  1. I agree with most of your points. While I greatly enjoyed reading the book, I struggled with rating it and, even more so, writing a book review for it. As someone who’s trying to write her own poetry, I couldn’t ignore the faulty formatting, the narrow range of styles and the very limited structure. Ultimately, however, this is definitely a book that’s worth looking into at least once. 😊

    Wonderful review!

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    • I had a rough time rating it too, I kept going back and forth from a 3 stars to a 4 stars. I’m not a poetry reader, this being the first time I read a poetry book thats not because of school. Me being clueless on the whole poetry genre, possibly altered my way of viewing this book. But I did enjoy it overall. Thank you! and thank you for sharing your opinions with me 🙂

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