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From the Publisher
"As a whole, the collection acts as a tribute to all women who have ever needed a boost of empowerment and inspiration." (Madison Breaux, V Magazine)
"...Amanda Lovelace dives into the topics of modern feminism and empowerment...Read if you've ever thought about love, loss, who you are, and what you want. (So...all of us.)" (Abigail Yonker, The Everygirl)
"This is the book to read if you are on the path to writing your own ending and finding yourself, even when the road to accomplishment is rocky." (Dominique Etzel, Alloy)
"Similar in style—written in straightforward and uncomplicated verse, and content—grappling with themes of female power, love and loss, failure and redemption, pain and healing, poet Amanda Lovelace's The Princess Saves Herself in this One is similar to Kaur's Milk and Honey in another way as well: both books were self-published before going completely viral among readers." (E. CE Miller, Bustle)
"The perfect poetry opener for any fairytale lover and feminist..." (Kerri Jarema, Bustle)
"15 Books You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again" (Zoraida CÃ³rdova, Bustle)
"18 Literary Quotes Every Feminist Needs to Read Right Now"
#5 "the only thing / required / to be / a woman / is to / identify as one. / - period, end of story."
(E. CE Miller, Bustle)
"14 New Books You Definitely Need to Have on Your Radar in February " (Ryan Roschke, PopSugar) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B01N3TPKRP
- Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing (February 14, 2017)
- Publication date : February 14, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 966 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 210 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,774 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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As I read this, I had a couple of thoughts between sudden outbursts of tears. One was that I hadn’t read a collection of poetry that I related to and felt the words so deeply since my first encounter with Sylvia Plath’s poetry when I was a teenager. The second was that I probably should have read it with tissues and wine.
I’ve had book hangovers before, but what I’m experiencing after reading The Princess Saves Herself in This One isn’t a book hangover, it’s a haunting. The words won’t leave me, and I’m ok with that. I bought the Kindle edition of this because A) I could have it and read it faster, and B) money was tight when I bought it. But, I think I’m going to order a physical copy ASAP because I want this on my poetry shelf. Something this important, something that touched my life in the way this book did (which I can’t convey in words, so I’m not going to try)… it deserves a spot on my shelf. I’m certain this will be something I read again…and again.
I want to proceed delicately when I say this, because I am sensitive to the subject matter and can appreciate that the author's words are coming from a personal place... However, I had the distinct feeling while reading this book of poetry that it kind of reads like a series of bad LiveJournal entries. To be fair, there are some really beautiful moments, but overall these brief moments couldn't save the book from the often times *too personal* and *too casual* tone overall.
I think this author has potential, but this book just wasn't for me.
(I have a feeling that this will be on my top 2016 books)
I kept seeing this book around, so when it was free on Amazon I decided why not try it out? I AM SO INCREDIBLY GLAD I DID! This book was incredibly powerful, it is just.... so so SO powerful. But more on that later, first here is the summary!
The Princess Saves Herself in this one is divided into four separate parts, The Princess, The Damsel, The Queen and You. I don't read poetry books often, honestly, I don't like poetry all that much. The only other poetry book I read was Poisoned Apples, which like this book dealt with some heavy topics, although Poisoned Apples was more of a feminist book... I'm not entirely sure how to review poetry, so I wrote down some thoughts for each part, but first, here's the short of it!
In its entirety:
This book deals with some heavy topics, but they are IMPORTANT issues like anorexia, depression, and abuse just to name a few.
The poetry was just so... AMAZING. I can't explain it but the way the words moved was fast paced but oh so interesting and I just could not put this book down. It was captivating and heart breaking but near the end, it became warm/had a good message.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One started off very dark, and sad but near the end things get better. Like I said, the message was FANTASTIC (I think I'm going to buy it!)
Very short and quick read, so people with not a lot of time can finish it in about an hour! SHARE IT with others!
This is probably one of the darkest beginnings I've ever read. But in the summary, it says that the first three parts are the authors life and the final is a message to the reader. The Princess (from what I picked up) deals with Anorexia, depression and bullying.
Though this was really dark, it was POWERFUL and I can't say that enough. This book nearly brought me to TEARS. The message was just so GOOD and I just CANT explain how AMAZING this one, honestly, everyone should read it. The YOU part is what got to me the most D: well, all four parts go to me....
My interpretation of this was young love and broken hearts.
There as a LOT of loss in this chapter, a LOT and I was close to crying. I'm not a fan of poetry, but this poetry was so beautifully worded and pieced together and it made me feel things. It (not this section) made me smile/feel victorious and cry (this chapter DID make me cry!)
This section was about loving yourself, and growing stronger.
THIS is where the book starts to get a lighter feel and like all three other sections, was POWERFUL (I can't say that enough D:<)
This final part of the book was one of the most POWERFUL (I said it again) endings ever. The first two parts are sadness and grief, bullying and hurt, The Queen is about growing stronger and healing, but YOU is all about the reader. You is a message to treat people better, to know your worth and love yourself, to care more and to not let anyone treat you like your garbage.
Fable's Final Thoughts:
THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE was a very great poetry book, I think EVERYONE should read it, including you so here, go to Amazon and read it now. Share it with your friends and family and that random stranger at Starbucks.
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That isn’t to say it’s without flaw. In fact, there was quite a bit I didn’t like. Not least of all the format of most of the poems, which largely consist of few words with only one word on each line. To me it felt more like fleeting sad thoughts Lovelace had written down when she’d needed to get them out of her head. Maybe that’s the point, but I didn’t really appreciate what was happening there the way I think it was intended for me to.
I also found some of the poems a little bit too direct. I think some of them really needed a direct approach, because many refuse to apologise for being said and that’s actually enjoyable and somewhat uplifting to read. But some are needlessly direct, detracting from the impact they could have if the meaning intended was the responsibility of the reader to interpret or decide, rather than having it forced upon you.
Having said that, I’m sure a lot of readers will relate well enough to the girl surrounded by books instead of pretend friends.
I’ll definitely be reading more from Amanda Lovelace, because for what she lacked in style she made up for in aggressively sticking up two fingers to the people of the world who hurt her, and that’s good enough for me.
But given that I’ve spoken to Amanda a few times I decided to do what people do and support people they know!
So I bought a copy of her self published book and read it on the train to see my boyfriend.
This train in particular was so full that every seat was full, the walk ways were full, and the area in front of the doors were full. I was near the doors and decided to just brave it by sitting on the floor because there is no way I could do such a long journey stood up. Thankfully everyone around me followed suit so I didn’t get squished.
So you had to know this scene because I do not like crying in front on people. I do not like crying in public places.
But that didn’t stop me.
This book just, man, I don’t even know what it was okay? It just hit me.
So many of these poems just had a lot of impact to them and I related to so many of them too. Hence the tears, possibly.
It was just so honest and real. I never thought it possible to relate so well to poetry.
(And its definitely improved my opinions of it to the extent I’ll happily give other collections a try.)
I read it all in one go and immediately left it at my boyfriends for his sister to read.
I don’t reread books like, ever?
But when I saw that Amanda was getting published and it would include more poems then of course I jumped on board given my strong reaction and love of the first.
In fact I was so hype that I also bought a second copy to do art in because I felt this was possible when I was first reading it in tears on the train floor.
The new poems stuck out to me, simply because I found the old ones very memorable so it was nice that I could pinpoint what was new content.
However, I didn’t have such a strong reaction to it this time. Perhaps I was more prepared? Perhaps I should stick to my “don’t reread books” plan of action?
Either way the extra copy didn’t go to waste, I did a giveaway on Twitter for it and Angharad (the winner) also really enjoyed it [4 star rating n GR].
I still highly recommend it, and its totally my own fault for not enjoying it as much the second time round.
A lot of the pieces have references of fairy tales woven within them. This is evident not only in the poems but the book is divided into four key areas; the princess, the damsel, the queen and you. But these poems are not fantasy. They are modern stories that deal with sensitive subjects and we are taken on a journey of raw emotion.