The Princess Saves Herself In This One is a poetry collection divided into four sections: the princess, the damsel, the queen, you.
Amanda Lovelace’s poetry is beautiful. It’s unusual in that it’s not just about the quality and power of the words themselves. It’s not just about language.
Amanda Lovelace made format & layout – the way the words are arranged on paper – an essential part of her craft, thereby turning her literary debut into an all-around work of art.
What makes this work of art powerful then, is the raw emotion in it. It’s incredibly personal – so personal it feels like an emotional punch in the gut. It deals with quite a few heavy issues and traumatic experiences, but ultimately it’s a journey to healing.
For the first three sections of the book, I had tears in my eyes constantly. Since the last part is meant as a collection of notes to the reader, it’s only natural that it lost its personal touch there. Unfortunately, after all the powerful emotion in the other three parts, the last part didn’t have any impact on me. (which is why I’m going to subtract half a star from my final rating)
Regardless, I devoured this book in less than an hour and I’d definitely recommend it – it works with fairy tale elements, what’s not to love? And if that doesn’t sell you, then maybe the dedication will:
for the boy who lived.
thank you for inspiring me to be
the girl who survived.
you may have
a lightning bolt
to show for it
but my body is a
My boyfriend already perfectly put it into words with his reaction (naturally, I sent this to him the second I read it): “Best. Dedication. Ever.”
Gut-wrenching, emotional poetry – visually fascinating. Definitely recommended. 4.5/5
Have you read this? What did you think? Are you planning to read it?
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