The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #1)
"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.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #1) Details

TitleThe Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 23rd, 2016
PublisherCreateSpace
ISBN-139781532913686
Rating
GenrePoetry, Feminism, Nonfiction

The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Women are Some Kind of Magic, #1) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    hittingenterafterevery worddoes not makeit poetry.Or maybe it does these days. Between the highly praised Lang Leav and this latest Goodreads Choice finalist, I guess these emo tumblr quotes are the modern version of poetry. Call me old school, but I kind of expect something more. Some of these sentences are nice, sure, and some of them tickle the inner emo that lives inside us all, the one that occasionally makes us stay up late sobbing over Elliott Smith songs (oh wait, that's just me?) but co hittingenterafterevery worddoes not makeit poetry.Or maybe it does these days. Between the highly praised Lang Leav and this latest Goodreads Choice finalist, I guess these emo tumblr quotes are the modern version of poetry. Call me old school, but I kind of expect something more. Some of these sentences are nice, sure, and some of them tickle the inner emo that lives inside us all, the one that occasionally makes us stay up late sobbing over Elliott Smith songs (oh wait, that's just me?) but come on, is this really the best we have to offer up nowadays? At a time when we just lost the wonderful Leonard Cohen, I can't help feeling sad at the direction poetry is moving in. Consider these by Cohen: Ring the bells that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack in everythingThat's how the light gets in.Now I've heard there was a secret chordThat David played, and it pleased the LordBut you don't really care for music, do you?It goes like thisThe fourth, the fifthThe minor fall, the major liftThe baffled king composing Hallelujah. And then this: the princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. How is that even a poem? It's just a badly-punctuated sentence that sounds kinda cool. Put it in a pretty cursive font and it would get so many reblogs on tumblr. If you came here because, like me, you thought the whole feminist aspect sounded really interesting, I recommend you check out the witty and darkly comical Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty instead.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store
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  • Bookdragon Sean
    January 1, 1970
    icanwritepoetry toobut i preferto write bookreviewsso ihavedone apoetical reviewhere goesthis book isnot poetrynor is this reviewpoeticali have justdecidedto bashmy enter key becausefor some reasonpeoplewilllike itand call itpoetrywhen reallythereisno artor skill involveda chimp coulddo iti have not evenbeenclever with wordsor theirplacementbut i didrandomly useitalics and putsome words inboldi am alsoafraid of grammarand capital lettersthough reallyi havejustbashed enterand solditas poetry
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  • Gillian Berry
    January 1, 1970
    Okay. Yeah. That was....well, not my favorite ever thing. I feel like I just read my middle school AIM away messages or 200 pages of emo Myspace updates. I need to go listen to some Dashboard Confessional STAT.I love the idea. I love the sentiments and the lessons, and CERTAINLY the feminist ideas at work here. If I saw any of the platitudes expressed in the "you" section on Tumblr, I'd happily reblog them. I definitely appreciate the raw emotions that very clearly went into the writing of them, Okay. Yeah. That was....well, not my favorite ever thing. I feel like I just read my middle school AIM away messages or 200 pages of emo Myspace updates. I need to go listen to some Dashboard Confessional STAT.I love the idea. I love the sentiments and the lessons, and CERTAINLY the feminist ideas at work here. If I saw any of the platitudes expressed in the "you" section on Tumblr, I'd happily reblog them. I definitely appreciate the raw emotions that very clearly went into the writing of them, and how personal the author was willing to get about her life. BUT. Um. Ummmmmmmmm. What the fuck.But that...well. That's just not the kind of poetry I respond to. I find minimalist poetry EXTREMELY hit or miss, and when I (VERY RARELY) read poetry, it's usual the lusher, more ornate kind--or at least the more visually creative. Because this...I mean, there's nothing new here. It's generic Tumblr platitudes. It's emo angst that should be emblazoned over a picture of a sad girl on the beach and put on Pinterest. It's beyond basic metaphors and cliche imagery about hearts and stars and oceans. It'shitting enterafter nearlye v e r y w o r dandmakingitfeeldeep.To me that's just a waste of trees, but hey, to each their own.Again, i APPRECIATE the raw angst here, but it's pretty clunky. There's no subtlety or nuance, which is why it makes me think of 13 year old me, just scribbling out PURE FEELINGS to the page because it was the only person who'd listen and all the feelings FELT SO NEW. Which, I mean, thank you for the nostalgia, if that's what was intended, but as a book of POETRY--sophisticated poetry for the modern feminist--it's a hard pass. I mean, this book of poetry even touched on things that are very personal to me, like grief, but I got zero feels. It was all so distant and buried in cliches. Examples: everyone i love leaves.I...what? What Peyton Sawyer bullshit is this? That's the whole poem?? ONE TREE HILL WAS WANGSTING LIKE THIS TEN YEARS AGO.i hope youtreat her betterthan youevertreated me.Did you carve this on the door of a bathroom stall orhe loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.he loves her.he loves her not.he loves me.he loves me not.- i ran out of petals.And I ran out of fucks.
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "when i hadno friendsi reached insidemy belovedbooks& sculpted someout of12 pttimes new roman-& it was almost good enough"I've been eyeing this book for quite a while now. I saw it on GR and Instagram and tumblr - so often, that I finally made the decision to buy it. I should give myself a high five for that. It only took one single page (the dedication) for me, an undying Potterhead, to fall in love with this beautiful collection of poems. So raw, so hurting, so emotional and empowering "when i hadno friendsi reached insidemy belovedbooks& sculpted someout of12 pttimes new roman-& it was almost good enough"I've been eyeing this book for quite a while now. I saw it on GR and Instagram and tumblr - so often, that I finally made the decision to buy it. I should give myself a high five for that. It only took one single page (the dedication) for me, an undying Potterhead, to fall in love with this beautiful collection of poems. So raw, so hurting, so emotional and empowering, that's what words are made for. This book teaches self-love and -respect, it teaches how to be strong and unapologetic, and that your life is to be written by your own quill, not by anybody else's.By the way, here is the dedication:for the boy who lived.thank you for inspiring me to bethe girl who survived.you may havea lightning boltto show for itbut my body is alightning storm.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    The Princess Saves Herself in This One was a fairly emotional read for me. This poetry collection is divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. And there were a lot of parts that really hit home (especially the princess), so much so that I had to put the collection down for a minute and think.The Princess Saves Herself in This One explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. And I loved and felt everything dee The Princess Saves Herself in This One was a fairly emotional read for me. This poetry collection is divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. And there were a lot of parts that really hit home (especially the princess), so much so that I had to put the collection down for a minute and think.The Princess Saves Herself in This One explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. And I loved and felt everything deeply.Here are a few poems that made me both contemplate and feel: Overall, this collection harrowed and punctured my heart deeply.*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Princess Saves Herself in This One, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Gabriella
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sorry (I'm actually not sorry) BUT THIS ISN'T POETRY.WTF is this?ah, life—the thing that happensto us while we're offsomewhere elseblowing ondandelions& wishingourselves intothe pages ofour favoritefairy tales.THIS IS A FUCKING RIP OFF OF A JOHN LENNON QUOTE. I shit you the fuck not.“Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans.”These are tumblr quotes. This book should never have been published, OR, if it was going to be published, should have been a photo album lik I'm sorry (I'm actually not sorry) BUT THIS ISN'T POETRY.WTF is this?ah, life—the thing that happensto us while we're offsomewhere elseblowing ondandelions& wishingourselves intothe pages ofour favoritefairy tales.THIS IS A FUCKING RIP OFF OF A JOHN LENNON QUOTE. I shit you the fuck not.“Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans.”These are tumblr quotes. This book should never have been published, OR, if it was going to be published, should have been a photo album like Kim Kardashian's #SELFIE with the actual tumblr and Instagram photos with girls braiding their hair in sunsets with cursive text and sentimental bullshit overlaid on it.This is what this book is. Does anyone SERIOUSLY disagree?!ETA: If we're going to compare minimalist poetry, Lovelace has NOTHING on Rupi Kaur. Kaur's poems are not rip offs of other people's quotes, and her words are loaded and powerful.Lovelace's words ... wow, is her surname a pseudonym? Because her words are as sparkly and frilly as her surname. Compare this:go on,collect words& polish them upuntil they shinelike starlight in your palmwith Kaur's. One is loaded and powerful, the other is frilly sparkly tumblr shit. Guess which is which?ETA 2: (because I'm still seething this is poetry) remember MSN statuses??! THAT'S WHAT THESE THINGS ARE. They are emo one-liners that I used to write when I was 14 to fit on a fucking MSN status box to get my crush's attention.
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    I've seen a lot of reviews debating whether this is poetry or "tumblr spacing" but I think that's ignoring the main point of how powerful some of these poems really are. Amanda completely put herself out there in a totally vulnerable way and the result is a really raw, emotional collection of important insights that will be COMPLETELY relatable to so many young women!
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an empowering collection of poems. It was brutal, honest and deeply personal.
  • Sara M. Abudahab
    January 1, 1970
    scatteringwordsondifferentlines isnotpoetry!
  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    “the paindid notmake mea better person.it did notteach me not totake anythingfor granted.it did notteach me anythingexcept howto be afraidto love anyone.”WOW. TW: Abuse, self harm, eating disorders, suicideI was expecting I would never read this, and if I did, I really wouldn’t like it. In my head, it fell under the same category as Milk and Honey, which I really, really did not enjoy because to me it lacked a lot of depth, creative writing, and—well, poeticness. I started this hesitantly, but I “the paindid notmake mea better person.it did notteach me not totake anythingfor granted.it did notteach me anythingexcept howto be afraidto love anyone.”WOW. TW: Abuse, self harm, eating disorders, suicideI was expecting I would never read this, and if I did, I really wouldn’t like it. In my head, it fell under the same category as Milk and Honey, which I really, really did not enjoy because to me it lacked a lot of depth, creative writing, and—well, poeticness. I started this hesitantly, but I can confidently say that although I gave this book an average rating, it still far surpassed my expectations and I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy so that I can mark my favorite poems. The good poems in this are REALLY good. I was driven to tears within the first few pages. I just wish there were more poems that blew me off my feet. I would say that for every poem I loved, there were 5 that I flipped right through without blinking. Many of these poems read like normal sentences, which is my biggest gripe about modern poetry books like Milk & Honey. I crave poetry that has metaphor and depth and wordiness, so reading a 6 word poem that could literally just be a sentence is disappointing to me. At worst, some poems relied on typing words like t h i s to create e m p h a s i s and I didn’t read it with the intent I think it was written with. Some of her poems that included that style felt a bit cheesy and overdone, but it’s just my preference to have the words more straightforward. In short, I wasn’t a massive fan of her poetry formatting, but I respect her actual writing style. The format of her poems was mostly this:A stanza or twotalking about somethingor someonethere’s a little bit of t h i sand maybe a metaphor-and then it ends with this little salutation thingy that adds a little summary or extra tidbit of infoI’m not a fan. I liked the stanzas to stand by themselves. It’s a stylistic preference, but I felt like the extra last lines added nothing or, worse, took away from the depth or mystery of some of the shorter poems. I eventually figured out that I enjoy the poems way more without reading them, so I started skipping them altogether. the last section “you” is gorgeous in its intent. it’s giving advice about feminism and self love and confidence, but this section lacked the most punch for me. There was little imagery, metaphor, and playing with words. Out of all the section, this read most just like regular sentences with skips in the lines. Especially for advice that I hear a lot (“say no!" "don’t let a man save you!” “be strong!”), I prefer it to be packaged in an original way that transforms it into something new for me, but I wasn’t particularly impressed by most of them. Despite all this, I still really really really loved a lot of the poems. A definite step up from Milk & Honey if you didn’t like that one but were considering trying this one!
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  • Clau R.
    January 1, 1970
    2,5 stars.Hmm...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinteresti didn't realizethat poetry could be achievedby hitting the enter key &then breaking up a sentencewithaspacewho knew that all this timemy english teachers were wrong?- go to hell, robert frost--- So this is going to be a tricky review to write, because opinions have really diverged on this book. Looking through the reviews of THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, you immediately see that some people adored this book and others found i Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinteresti didn't realizethat poetry could be achievedby hitting the enter key &then breaking up a sentencewithaspacewho knew that all this timemy english teachers were wrong?- go to hell, robert frost--- So this is going to be a tricky review to write, because opinions have really diverged on this book. Looking through the reviews of THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, you immediately see that some people adored this book and others found it deplorable. Age seems to be the dividing factor - this book is a hit with younger readers, and I think the generational gap has something to do with it. The Tweet-sized snippets of text remind me of the emo blogs that were so abundant on Xanga in 2005. That probably betrays my age, though. People in the "know" are calling it "Tumblr poetry." I can't vouch for that, though - this fogey-in-process doesn't have a Tumblr.Anyway, Andrews McMeel is going to publish this book, and I'm sure the fact that the author won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry has something to do with this book deal. Andrews McMeel is a quirky publishing company that does a lot of novelty books, comics, cookbooks, and poetry. Since I've loved pretty much every book Andrews McMeel put out, I jumped when I saw this title appear on Netgalley. The fact that this book won the GCAs did make me more interested in reading it, even though poetry really isn't my bag, baby, and when one of my favorite publishers acquired it, that was the final painted nail on the elegantly manicured grabby hands. To my surprise I actually liked most of the "poems" in this volume, even if I can't really bring myself to call them that.THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE is divided into four sections. Each one appears to address a different topic, and as far as I can tell, they are organized as such:"the princess" is about how she grew up and came to be the person she is"the damsel" is about suffering and how she almost lost sight of who she is"the queen" is about healing and how she came to love who she is"you" is directed towards the reader, and full of advice on what it means to be a human, and also a womanThere is a lot of suffering in this book, which is part of what makes it so raw. It's hard to get mad at someone who was brave enough to put their words to paper and then put that paper out into the world. We can mock how she chose to do it, but the fact of the matter is, she did it. Good for her. If writing this book helped her achieve cathartic release, as she claims at the end, then that is a good thing. If reading this helps others gain comfort through their suffering, that is also a good thing. Some of the "poems" are a little sappy, but there are also some great insights in here as well about self-harm, death, grief, rape, empowerment, feminism, and body dysmorphia.At the end of the day, your opinion is your own. I'm not condemning the people who didn't like this book, because poetry is such a sensitive and subjective thing that is so deeply personal, expecting poetry to be universally beloved by all is ridiculous. Reading THE PRINCESS made me nostalgic about the blogs I kept as a high school student, which also got me through some angsty times. If you ever subscribed to "emo" culture, had an angsty blog, or the whole "chicken soup for the ____" phenomenon, read THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE. It'll warm your heart.Thanks for the advanced reader copy Andrews McMeel/Netgalley! 3 to 3.5 stars.
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  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    I want to review this honestly and go into the details about why I do not like this book of poetry. Every time I do though, I get attacked by random people who seem to have a fascination in seeing me die in random, and unimaginative, ways. Therefore, under duress: This book of poetry changed me. It is utterly 'brilliant' and 'should' be read by everyone. The way the author puts this piece of 'amazing' literature together is done 'incredibly' well. I 'love' how the poems flow and are in no way st I want to review this honestly and go into the details about why I do not like this book of poetry. Every time I do though, I get attacked by random people who seem to have a fascination in seeing me die in random, and unimaginative, ways. Therefore, under duress: This book of poetry changed me. It is utterly 'brilliant' and 'should' be read by everyone. The way the author puts this piece of 'amazing' literature together is done 'incredibly' well. I 'love' how the poems flow and are in no way staggered and stop/start. A really 'A1' piece of literature which will, I am sure, be 'loved' by all.Addition 6/12/2016: So this won the Goodreads award for poetry. Really? This is just a mess and shows how the vote is now a popularity contest, not about how good books actually are. If this is used as the standard of poetry nowadays, you can class this whole review as an epic.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Still loved it the second time around.I have no words. This was unbelievable. I'll write a proper review once my heart settles down.
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could give this 5 stars. But hitting Enter after each word (or Space after each letter) does not make for poetry. It simply doesn't.Other than that, I love The Princess Saves Herself in this One! Amanda, I understand your feelings completely. I know all about the sugar and the salt. My fingers were never slender enough. Nor were my ankles. Then I was too skinny. Then I became too fat. I was always told when getting a bad grade that I would never even get a job at sweeping floors. Then I I wish I could give this 5 stars. But hitting Enter after each word (or Space after each letter) does not make for poetry. It simply doesn't.Other than that, I love The Princess Saves Herself in this One! Amanda, I understand your feelings completely. I know all about the sugar and the salt. My fingers were never slender enough. Nor were my ankles. Then I was too skinny. Then I became too fat. I was always told when getting a bad grade that I would never even get a job at sweeping floors. Then I was admonished for lacking self-confidence, for finding joy in the roles of wife and mother. I'll never please them, and no matter what anybody says, the hurt always follows you.Thank you for the courage to speak up your mind. I'll always treasure your book. *I thank Amanda Lovelace, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    I did notintend to read this book butsomehowI did and I fell in loveSo. . . I’m not usually into poetry. Yes, I’ve always found it quite intriguing and fantastical how a few short rightly placed words could hold such powerful and deep message. How a few short rightly placed words can create a world and a galaxy and a universe of unlimited possibilities. How a few short rightly placed words can evoke emotions of sadness, love, anger, or happiness. But I decided to give this book of poetry and try I did notintend to read this book butsomehowI did and I fell in loveSo. . . I’m not usually into poetry. Yes, I’ve always found it quite intriguing and fantastical how a few short rightly placed words could hold such powerful and deep message. How a few short rightly placed words can create a world and a galaxy and a universe of unlimited possibilities. How a few short rightly placed words can evoke emotions of sadness, love, anger, or happiness. But I decided to give this book of poetry and try and this was so much more than I anticipated. Sadness, power, anger, tears, love, joy, growth, hate, this book of poems is so wonderfully constructed. The story that it tells of the princess and her journey is expressed through short excerpts and it is truly magnificent.The quotes were exceptionally powerful and strong and beautiful; I don’t think I can pick a favourite. Every page was a new tale, a new feeling, a new life. The princessjumped fromthe tower& she learnedthat shecould fly all along.~ she never needed those wings. 5 stars!!
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  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    This Got Annoying
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    that is what abuse is:knowing you are going to get saltbut still hoping for sugarfor nineteen years. And so began my journey of love with this collection.You'll notice I didn't use the beginning quote. Well, I didn't love this from the very beginning. Towards the beginning, I found the formatting slightly annoying. Some poems were fantastic and new and interesting, but some almost made me snort from their cheesiness. At times I feel Amanda Lovelace got so caught up in sounding profound she forg that is what abuse is:knowing you are going to get saltbut still hoping for sugarfor nineteen years. And so began my journey of love with this collection.You'll notice I didn't use the beginning quote. Well, I didn't love this from the very beginning. Towards the beginning, I found the formatting slightly annoying. Some poems were fantastic and new and interesting, but some almost made me snort from their cheesiness. At times I feel Amanda Lovelace got so caught up in sounding profound she forgot the true emotional core of her poems. For example, saying “we were crafted from ocean waves and starlight” looks pretty, but means nothing when you think about it.Towards the second third, though, she hit her stride. I liked her poetry far more when it felt like a coherent stretch, a long length of feeling flowing from left to right across page after page. Her three-word poems did nothing for me. But God, some of the longer poems almost made me cry. The sheer emotional weight of section II's poems is amazing. sticks and stones never brokemy bones,but wordsmade mestarve myselfuntil you couldsee all of them I also appreciated the intersectionality of the feminist themes presented here. Lovelace's poem on 183 especially made me cry, with both joy and sadness and something in between. VERDICT: Yes, it's not the best poetry of all time. But the emotional weight is beyond amazing. And one more quote!! the love some girls have for other girls is so gentle & so soft& so fucking beautiful,& these girlsdeserveto havebetter storiesthan the oneswhere theyare murderedbecause they lovewith too muchof theirhearts.
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  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    January 1, 1970
    I told myself that I would read this poetry book very slowly, even if it meant reading only one poem a day, a week, or however long in order for me to take the time to fully appreciate the words. Obviously that didn't happen when I finished it no more than 20 minutes later from starting it. XD It wasn't a very long poetry book to begin with but I didn't expect to devour The Princess Saves Herself in this One in less than 30 mins! :PI was just instantly hooked and couldn't put it down. Some of th I told myself that I would read this poetry book very slowly, even if it meant reading only one poem a day, a week, or however long in order for me to take the time to fully appreciate the words. Obviously that didn't happen when I finished it no more than 20 minutes later from starting it. XD It wasn't a very long poetry book to begin with but I didn't expect to devour The Princess Saves Herself in this One in less than 30 mins! :PI was just instantly hooked and couldn't put it down. Some of them I couldn't personally relate to but they touched me anyways. Others hit so close to home that it actually made me tear up while reading. I definitely wasn't expecting that but it was good feeling being able to put your emotions into words.There were some poems that did feel a bit cliche and some that I've heard before in different variations because of how common those sayings already were. The Princess Saves Herself in this One is a great collection of short poems but they weren't exactly the best I've came across. Still, I enjoyed some of the poems a lot and related to a few of them.I know that some people complained about the style and the amount of spaces being used but I actually thought it was cute and creative. I know it's not the first poetry book to do so but it's the first that I've seen personally and I thought it was a nice little touch. :)
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  • Lily ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    ➳ 3 1/2 starsI’ve seen many people write The Princess Saves Herself in this One off as not being “real” poetry, or “Tumblr Poetry” (used as a derogatory term)—but as someone who’s extremely critical when it comes to reading material, I actually liked it, and I’m surprised that it hasn’t quite reached the critical acclaim Rupi Kaur’s work has.However, no matter the merits of the claims of it being fake poetry (who’s to judge what poetry is, or isn’t, really?) I found a few poems to be really beau ➳ 3 1/2 starsI’ve seen many people write The Princess Saves Herself in this One off as not being “real” poetry, or “Tumblr Poetry” (used as a derogatory term)—but as someone who’s extremely critical when it comes to reading material, I actually liked it, and I’m surprised that it hasn’t quite reached the critical acclaim Rupi Kaur’s work has.However, no matter the merits of the claims of it being fake poetry (who’s to judge what poetry is, or isn’t, really?) I found a few poems to be really beautiful, the sentiments that were expressed to be both powerful and empowering, and also quite painful at times.And isn’t that what poetry is supposed to do—make you feel?*the dedication. :’)for the boy who lived.thank you for inspiring me to bethe girl who survived.you may havea lightning boltto show for it,but my body is alightning storm.⚡
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  • Georgia Meadows
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying if there was a 0 star review this collection would have gotten it. Honestly feel like I've been robbed, and rarely do I have that feeling. Moral of the story, don't buy a book based on the title and Goodreads review alone, research into its content first. Here's a list of reasons why I am doing you a favour if you don't buy this book: 1. If you thought you were getting a modern Sexton or Carter, based on the idea of modernised, feminist fairytale retellings you are sorely Let me start by saying if there was a 0 star review this collection would have gotten it. Honestly feel like I've been robbed, and rarely do I have that feeling. Moral of the story, don't buy a book based on the title and Goodreads review alone, research into its content first. Here's a list of reasons why I am doing you a favour if you don't buy this book: 1. If you thought you were getting a modern Sexton or Carter, based on the idea of modernised, feminist fairytale retellings you are sorely mistaken. Instead what you get is pages after pages of quite literally moaning, and the occasional one poorly written poetic line. 2. I'm sick of young poets thinking the ability to put you emotions down on paper makes you a good writer, unless it's done poetically (which in this collection it rarely is) you are not writing poetry, you are writing a diary. 3. Following on from the idea of writing a diary I want to stress to you, THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE GETTING, sorry for caps I'm still angry at the 30 minutes of my life I spent reading this 'poetry' in hope I might get a few gems out of it, I didn't. Writing about your life and it's depressing, teenage angst is fine when it's done creatively. This could have been knocked up by any GCSE student. Now despite this very harsh review I do have one positive. The opening poem. Untitled, but linking into Harry Potter and the idea of survivors Lovelace's first poem was moving and enraptured every young, lonely teenage bookworms inner thoughts and feelings. It made me remember how much I had relied of the Wizarding World to get through bad breakups and hateful friends. But that was it. If I wanted to read a teenage girls diary I could dig out my embarrassing collections from the attic boxes and become depressed over by own pre-adolescent problems, I don't need/want to do it with other people's!Sorry for spelling mistakes - angry typing and the editing hasn't worked!
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  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    January 1, 1970
    "Once upon a time, the princess rose from the ashes her dragon lovers made of her & crowned herself the mother-fucking queen of herself."I picked up this book immediately on my Kindle app after reading the lovely Mayflower's review.I really enjoyed this!I adored the use of imagery, especially the idea of slaying the "dragons" in your life that do not serve your self-interest. I also very much appreciated the clarification on what qualifies as abuse. As someone who endured an emotionally abus "Once upon a time, the princess rose from the ashes her dragon lovers made of her & crowned herself the mother-fucking queen of herself."I picked up this book immediately on my Kindle app after reading the lovely Mayflower's review.I really enjoyed this!I adored the use of imagery, especially the idea of slaying the "dragons" in your life that do not serve your self-interest. I also very much appreciated the clarification on what qualifies as abuse. As someone who endured an emotionally abusive relationship, I understand how easy it is to justify away the pain. This was an empowering, tear jerking narrative about how a host of small hurts can eventually crush you, and just how important it is to keep getting back up.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This book wasn't for me. I just didn't find the poems that profound or that good. However they were extremely honest and personal and that's what I did like about them. While I was reading this, I just kept thinking "what makes this poetry?". I don't mean to sound horrible but I just don't see how a lot of these poems are actually considered to be poems. I also felt like I had read so many of them before. It felt sort of like deja vu, not only with an individual theme but also with how they were This book wasn't for me. I just didn't find the poems that profound or that good. However they were extremely honest and personal and that's what I did like about them. While I was reading this, I just kept thinking "what makes this poetry?". I don't mean to sound horrible but I just don't see how a lot of these poems are actually considered to be poems. I also felt like I had read so many of them before. It felt sort of like deja vu, not only with an individual theme but also with how they were phrased and how they were worded. There was also a lot of regurgitated themes from other feminist works so this isn't really any way innovative. I also felt like Lovelace was trying to do something visually with these poems but she missed the mark for me. Sure, she hit enter after random words to make it look a certain way (which is a crime in itself) but she also put spaces inbetween the letters of some words (e x a m p l e) and formatted the poems in weird ways. This kind of visual effect for the poetry just did not work. I feel like if she had incorporated some kind of illustrations in some of the poems it would have looked better because to me, it looked like just words randomly placed on some paper. There was only one poem were I liked the formatting and the visual effect in relation to she poem and that was "-did it really happen if I can't remember it?" in which the poem is about locking memories away and it's made to look like a keyhole. The others like this were all misses for me. I could relate to some of the poems and that is why I gave this book 2 stars instead of one. I probably wouldn't read another book by Amanda Lovelace and I wouldn't recommend this book. * I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"This is what abuse is: Knowing you are going to get salt but still hoping for sugar""If a house does not automatically make a home,then a body doesn't automatically make a homeeither.""the world begins & ends when you say so."The poems I liked overall:-did it really happen if I can't remember it? -but you kept trying, didn't you? -my most loyal lover. -what it really means to lose your innocence.-immortalized by a voicemail. (Probably the best poem of the bunch). -the sign you've been waiting for. -slay those dragons.
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    This is a deeply personal set of poetry that all tells a story. It was moving to read someone's story with a heart so open. I found these 2 poems meaningful to me:1 You were sent down from the stars exactly the way you were supposed to be- the way you would love, the way you would lust, & the way you would find your wings-- & no one should have been given the power to take that away from you.2 The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one.She has four section and each poem This is a deeply personal set of poetry that all tells a story. It was moving to read someone's story with a heart so open. I found these 2 poems meaningful to me:1 You were sent down from the stars exactly the way you were supposed to be- the way you would love, the way you would lust, & the way you would find your wings-- & no one should have been given the power to take that away from you.2 The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one.She has four section and each poem tells a piece of a story for that theme. Amanda has been so brutally honest in her poetry. He has laid herself bare. I can only be in awe of that and see it for the gift it is.
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  • Mai
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not criticizing, belittling or making fun of what the author has gone through by any means, it's just pure personal opinion of a book whose title I found to be intriguing. I only read this book because it won the Goodreads award for Poetry, and honestly I wanted to know why, and I somehow couldn't find the reason, maybe it's me.I'm gonna make this review as simple as the poems.So, why two stars?1. The poems were very personal that I actually felt uncomfortable, and this is not how you shoul I'm not criticizing, belittling or making fun of what the author has gone through by any means, it's just pure personal opinion of a book whose title I found to be intriguing. I only read this book because it won the Goodreads award for Poetry, and honestly I wanted to know why, and I somehow couldn't find the reason, maybe it's me.I'm gonna make this review as simple as the poems.So, why two stars?1. The poems were very personal that I actually felt uncomfortable, and this is not how you should feel while reading.2. I tried reading them out loud, and my brother thought I was mimicking Siri.3. I thought modern poetry is written in sentences. But then I was hit with the fact that no, it can also be written in one word per line form. Even some extremes as one letter per line."it is strangehowsisterscanbesaviorsorstrangers&sometimesa bit of both.- sisters"How do you read that?4. It could've been a bit tolerable if these poems were just normal texts on tumblr. I would reblog this many times!5. I don't see the literature? Where's the literature? Poetry is supposed to make you feel something, and when it does then it's literature, and if it's literature then it's talent. So?6. I finished this book in a matter of 36 minutes, and I spent another 36 minutes searching for other alternatives of the modern poetry that I know. Also I hate when I finish books so fast, but it was that simple. Too simple.7. The princess didn't save herself anyway. It was just angst all over, I love reading angst, but this was a bit strange and jumping from a topic to another to the point where I got a headache.8. This one here is all me. I promised myself that I won't read any more free verse modern poetry but, I couldn't resist when it has a title like that. You know you have to read it. And I had high hopes.So, why two stars?1. The title.2. The pain the author had to go through while writing this. It's spilled all over the pages.This is a written note for myself to not read any more free verse modern poetry again because it's not my thing and authors invest time in writing these poems for people who actually do like it, so I don't have to waste mine reading something that isn't for me.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    "The princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. - she never needed those wingsWhat a beautiful book holding beautiful and powerful words. Some I could relate to and hit close to home. Truly beautiful.
  • Hirdesh
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I've have ratings less than 3 in GR.I dont express much in my review !It was just like that.
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    To be perfectly honest, I only checked out this poetry collection because it won the Goodreads Choice awards (although the title it pretty great as well!). And I think I might be too old for this book. I am fairly sure I would have loved this collection of auto-biographical poems at 15. I might have actually needed this collection then but didn't have it. Amanda Lovelace speaks to my inner teenager in a way that makes me appreciate her poems, even if I find myself slightly confused by them now. To be perfectly honest, I only checked out this poetry collection because it won the Goodreads Choice awards (although the title it pretty great as well!). And I think I might be too old for this book. I am fairly sure I would have loved this collection of auto-biographical poems at 15. I might have actually needed this collection then but didn't have it. Amanda Lovelace speaks to my inner teenager in a way that makes me appreciate her poems, even if I find myself slightly confused by them now. I remember writing diary entries that were similar if not in style but in content (and let's be real here: 15-year-old Hannah was nowhere near as talented).But still, most of those poems did not resonate with me in the slightest and some were a bit melodramatic for my taste. Especially the poems dealing with her boyfriends (past and current) were hard to stomach for me, very cheesy and/or over the top. Again, with 15 I would have loved those!I appreciate the way she uses the whole page for her poems, how she styles them, und how she makes the design work for her. I like poems that maybe are a bit outside the norm, and isn't this being outside the norm the very thing that makes poetry so exiting? The most successful poems for me were the ones dealing with her family, her mother in particular. These poems were pretty damn brilliant and are the reason why I will definitely check out her next collection whenever she publishes one. Because there is serious talent there!__I received an arc of this book curtesy of NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for that!
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  • Ylenia
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again*- 1.5 stars -For me this felt more like creative writing than poetry. The author wrote like t h i s and this andthenlikethis,whichfeltpointlessafterawhile.But, jokes and personal preferences aside, what she said in this collection didn't feel so original.I want to be clear from the start: I'm not criticizing what the author went through or what she felt during those times in her life. What she felt was valid and real; I'm *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again*- ̗̀ 1.5 stars ̖́-For me this felt more like creative writing than poetry. The author wrote like t h i s and this andthenlikethis,whichfeltpointlessafterawhile.But, jokes and personal preferences aside, what she said in this collection didn't feel so original.I want to be clear from the start: I'm not criticizing what the author went through or what she felt during those times in her life. What she felt was valid and real; I'm criticizing the result.These poems were nothing new, nothing that made me think. They just made me say, "DUH!" many times in frustration.This is why I was pissed off at the format of the poems: what was the point? It didn't had anything.I don't even know if there's potential in something like this, because it felt underdeveloped and approximate. It was clear she felt so many things but the result was distant and... common. And I'm not here to read common things.
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  • LENA TRAK
    January 1, 1970
    The Princess Saves Herself in this OneSo let me begin by saying that poetry is not for me. I have read poetry as a student both at school and university. I am not into it no matter how hard I try. I read this one in a terminal while waiting for my flight to arrive. Due to lack of free time, I have learnt to read quite fast so I read this one pretty fast, too. Perhaps a mistake. Personally, I was left with emotions of misery and nothing more.First of all, The Princess Saves Herself In This One co The Princess Saves Herself in this OneSo let me begin by saying that poetry is not for me. I have read poetry as a student both at school and university. I am not into it no matter how hard I try. I read this one in a terminal while waiting for my flight to arrive. Due to lack of free time, I have learnt to read quite fast so I read this one pretty fast, too. Perhaps a mistake. Personally, I was left with emotions of misery and nothing more.First of all, The Princess Saves Herself In This One contains powerful elements of self-motivation which is very positive. A large number of readers claim to have experienced a catharsis which is what made me buy this book in the first place. It also explores a number of sensitive issues such as various forms of abuse and other themes such as love, self-confidence, death, grief, self-harm etc. In other words this book is very thought provoking. So why the 2-star rating? (actually 1,5 stars)I can’t describe how annoyed I feel when I pay for a book with 150 pages and then I find out that its total length should be around 30 pages. Some of the pages contain a single sentence or even worse a single word, which is unacceptable. Seriously? Am I the only one who feels cheated here??? I have bought books with 500 or 600 pages for the same price.(BTW I had the same problem with Everything Everything) And what is this thing about breaking down sentences by pressing the ENTER key after every single word??? Is it a new trend? Or will it perhaps look cool when posted on Instagram??? Does this technique make the meaning of a sentence look more profound and sophisticated than it actually is? Is this real poetry? It surely didn’t look like poetry to me. When I browsed the book on Goodreads I was amazed by the ratings and the 5-star reviews. I should have scrolled down and look for the negative ones too. I was clearly fooled by the dedication to “the boy who lived” (aka Harry Potter) on the first page of the book. I will be more careful next time so I won’t have to write negative reviews, which actually makes me feel really bad. Sorry BUTThis princess DID NOT send chillsdownmy spine What do you know?I CanWritePoetry TooL O L !
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