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.
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 ❤