The Princess Saves Herself in This One

The Princess Saves Herself in This One

Book - 2017
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"From Amanda Lovelace, 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 (paperback)
144948641X (paperback)
Branch Call Number: 811.6 LOV
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 23 cm

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RebelBelle13
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.

PinesandPrejudice 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.

AL_LAURA May 26, 2017

Incredibly personal and moving, I forgot about words' power to heal until I picked up this volume.

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LadyKatka
May 25, 2017

What the heck is this drivel? This read like a teenager's diary that was never meant to see the light of day, not an award winning published work of poetry. The layout is also a gigantic waste of paper, with many having only 4 lines per page. I would not recommend this book to anyone, please read Ellen Hopkins instead.

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keelk39
Apr 12, 2017

Considering this won the Goodreads Reader's Choice Award, I was hoping for something with more original language. The story connecting the poems together is interesting but not enough to make up for the over-reliance on cliché at times.

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AL_LAURA May 26, 2017

AL_LAURA thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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