Title: The Princess Saves Herself In This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
“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 (spoiler free):
Having fallen in love with poetry in the fall of last year I spent quite a bit of time researching for collections similar to the one that was the sort of start to my love, milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. I came across this one almost immediately but living in Canada it sadly didn’t come out until February 14th, 2017. And you might be thinking “Emma, it still isn’t the 14th, how did you get it?” And the answer is Netgalley! I should have checked there before since now it’s only days away from the 14th but it’s okay, I finally read The Princess Saves Herself In This One and boy oh boy, I’m blown away.
Now having read quite a bit of poetry collections I kind of have a base of what I like and don’t like and let me just say this book surpassed all my criteria. I like when poetry hits me hard to the point where I am crying but happy that I am loving it and that was 100% my experience with this book.
From just the title I thought this was my kind of book. The princess saving herself? Yes please, sign me right up. But the second I read the first poem I knew this was my kind of book.
❝the princess I was born a little bookmad.
I could be found stroking the spines of my books
while I sat locked alone inside my tower bedroom.
All the while, I hoped my books would spill their exquisite words
over the lush green carpet so I could collect them one by one
& savor them like berries inside my mouth.
– forever a collector of words.❞
Like wow are we sure that wasn’t written about me?
But seriously, this was the most relatable piece of literature I’ve ever read. And it’s a hard thing to explain since I don’t want to make this review just a list of all the poems that I related to because then I might as well just copy and paste the whole book into this review.
The Princess Saves Herself In This One is divided into four sections, taking you through three parts of the authors life and then a last part noting the reader. The first part was probably my favourite, (although it’s hard to choose), it was all about the authors love for books and literature and I honestly felt like all the poems were written about me.
The second part was heartbreaking. I didn’t relate as much because I haven’t gone through the same tragedies but the way the poems converted the author’s hardships made me imagine myself in the situation, it was heartbreakingly beautiful.
The third and fourth sections had some poems that were so incredibly powerful. I would read one poem and get goosebumps and then I would read the next poem and I would get goosebumps again and it would just continue like that because every poem was so damn good.
rose from the ashes
her dragon lovers
made of her
-how’s that for happily ever after?❞
Overall, it had a very good message of self love and accepting yourself and not needing anyone to validate you because your happiness comes first for you.
I’m going to call it now, this book will be on my 2017 favourites list.
But I’d seriously consider picking this up, even if you aren’t a poetry fan, if you are a lover of books, girl power, a good cry and/or a powerful message.
Have any of you read The Princess Saves Herself In This One? Did you feel the same way as me? If you haven’t read it, is it on your goodreads tbr? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat!
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