Review: the princess saves herself in this one


the princess saves herself in this oneTitle: the princess saves herself in this one
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Published:  April 23, 2016
Series: Women are some kind of magic
Genre:  Poetry
Format:  Hardcover
Source:  Purchased

“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 picked this up at Barnes & Noble last week on a whim, and it didn’t (totally) disappoint.

the princess saves herself in this one touches on some critically important topics, like love, life, death, mental health, and motivation — all through reflections on Amanda Lovelace’s own experiences.

The jury is out on whether some of these could really classify as “poems.” Some of them were great, but there were others that just felt like a bullet point, a fleeting thought.

In light of the whole “collection,” it really felt like it was supposed to be one long poem — one that changes as the journey continues.

But I was sort of annoyed that a lot of the “poems” couldn’t stand on their own. Like this one:

i hate you

– his version of “i love you.”

Some of the smaller pieces felt more like bullet journal entries.

Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed this book. I just struggled a bit with the poetry classification.

Amanda Lovelace key page

Then there were also poems like this one, with the words kerned to make them fit into an image representative

You can call me a WordArt fangirl, but I LOVE designs like this.

This may not be the same for everyone, but I approach these types of poems kind of like one of those black and white images that’s a rabbit when you look at it one way and a duck when you look at it the other way.

I always read the words first and then sort of zoom out my perspective to see the big picture.

Some of the designs started to feel a little overly e e cummings-inspired. I enjoy his work, but it seemed a little derivative.

At the end of the day though, it was very thought-provoking and overall an enjoyable read.

This was one poem that really struck me, because it was so true to my own childhood.

when i had
no friends
i reached inside
my beloved
& sculpted some
out of
12 pt
times new roman.

– & it was almost good enough.


I was teetering on the edge of giving this a 3-star review, but I truly did enjoy it, regardless of whether I think it’s all poetry or not. So I’m giving this 4/5 stars. If you’re expecting Shakespeare or Maya Angelou, this isn’t for you. But I do think it’s worth reading.

4 Stars




3 thoughts on “Review: the princess saves herself in this one

  1. Michelle

    I’ve heard good things about this and been recommended it by a couple of people, so I think I will check it out soon. I’m interested to see what all the fuss is about!

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