The Princess Saves Herself in This One

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

Book - 2017
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"A poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781449486419
Branch Call Number: 811.6 L942P 2017
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 23 cm


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Apr 10, 2020

I had to put this book down a few times because I found her poems so powerful. Her descriptions of events that happened in her life (I don't want to give spoilers) were very moving but difficult to read at times. I definitely think it's a book that should be on high school reading lists (being a former teacher myself). All in all, I loved this book, and think it's a great read for women and men alike.

Jan 06, 2020

I read this for the "A Book Containing Poetry" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I absolutely loved it! It was sad and moving and perfect and I can't wait to read it again.

ArapahoeTina Nov 07, 2019

A great, easy read for any woman who needs a boost in her self confidence and to know she's not alone in her struggles.

Jan 22, 2019

Powerful book and powerful poems. This is the new poetry- 21st century, and it's more than just words an images. It's communicating with shapes, layout, and clarity of intent. Academics will probably find it too modern, but any woman that is fierce, wounded, independent, and powerful will find this resonant. Most of the book is very personal, and some at the end are more political and reach out to other women, but this first one is really about the poet. The second book is inclusive, and written for her audience. As for her husband saving her, finding love is not the same as being rescued. Lovelace triumphed in opening to love, even though she'd been hurt. That's not being saved or rescued. That's allowing something good to happen. Loved these and can't wait for the third in the series!

ArapahoeSarahD Dec 12, 2018

Do you need to feel empowered? Read these words. Not mine...theirs.

Dec 05, 2018

I love the authors voice and she really speaks to me on several levels of living that Independent Femme Life. The only issue I have is that near the end of the book, her poems become a little stilted and seem a bit performative for poc, trans, and queer people. She doesn't refer to trans woman or black woman at all throughout the whole book and then tags on a few poems with an uplifting but "adding them to the list so they don't feel left out" sort of way that comes off as cis-woman performance. If she hadn't even mentioned anything, I would have just wrote off her exclusion as a person whose just writing about her own experiences but since she did it seemed insincere. I like it, and I hard relate but I had to roll my eyes.

Mar 07, 2018

Poems of family loss, grief, growth, and personal empowerment

Feb 12, 2018

I have very polarizing feelings about this book. On one hand, the author bared her soul, dug deep, and put her pain on the pages of this book for all to see. You can feel her grief, her disappointment, her longing, and her loss. That in itself can be very powerful. There were a few good images and some good wordplay here and there, but not enough to salvage it from the messy format it was in. I feel like these would have been great as tweets, or facebook posts, or even stretched out and made into short stories. When did poetry devolve into one word or one letter on a line? Just because you staircase a word doesn't make it deep or meaningful. One line on a page is not a poem. Repetition of two lines ten times is not a poem. I feel like Amanda is trying to be two things at once here- an artist, and a writer, and neither is coming across well at all. The title of the book is also misleading. She claims that "The Princess Saves Herself," when it is abundantly clear that her fiance, now husband, is the one that saved her. Perhaps it's purely semantics- but it bothered me.
The "best" section (and I use the term loosely) is the section titled "You". I'm happy to see that she's inclusive and a feminist- and those ideas are getting out there, no matter what form they take. It was a super fast read- I got through it in one sitting. I don't think I'd recommend it, honestly.

Feb 05, 2018

I have mixed feelings about this poetry. I had heard amazing things about it and I'm not going to lie, I freakin loved the title. So I think my expectations were a little high for what I actually read.

The poems were honest, creative and deep. But they didn't hit me the same way other poems have. I liked some of them and I liked the message. But there was a sense of melodrama I didn't like. And they were SO short, it was almost hard to feel them. There were maybe only two poems that really made me pause, otherwise I just kept reading. And again, I enjoyed them. I thought about the poems and what they were saying but hardly any made me stop, breathe, contemplate. That's what I look for in poetry and I didn't get enough of that in this collection.

So three stars it is. I liked the poems. I liked them message but it didn't impact me, hit me in the center of my chest, interrupted my thoughts, like I wanted it to.

secretswimmer Jan 29, 2018

My favourite poetry book of all time. Read it three times in a row as soon as I got it. My only complaint is that it isn’t long enough!

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ArapahoeTina Feb 07, 2020

“raid your library. read everything you can get your hands on & then some. go on, collect words & polish them up until they shine like starlight in your palm. make words your finest weapons— a gold-hilted sword to cut your enemies d o w n. - a survival plan of sorts.”

ArapahoeTina Feb 07, 2020

“silence has always been my loudest scream.”


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Apr 10, 2020

Amanda Lovelace writes a story of her life through poetry, beginning with growing up with an alcoholic distant mother, childhood abuse and a dysfunctional relationship. She then describes losing her mother and sister and finally learning to find herself again despite her childhood trauma.


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