Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #1)
"more forgetting time.more midnight dances with yourself."amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents a new companion series, “you are your own fairy tale” the first installment, break your glass slippers, is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. in the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. even the prince. 

Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #1) Details

TitleBreak Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 17th, 2020
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN-139781524851897
Rating
GenrePoetry, Feminism

Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #1) Review

  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    The Arc of this books was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.(English/Español)-In a Nutshell: The Princess saves herself-MC: The Princess-Plot: Poetry about an amazing girl (everyone of us) and her fairy tale story. -My Opinion: I Loved this. Break Your Glass Slippers is the first Amanda Lovelace's book that I read... and woah!!! so wonderful. It was like receiving a personal message and I think it's something we should all read.******ESPAÑOL******Gracias a The Arc of this books was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.(English/Español)-In a Nutshell: The Princess saves herself-MC: The Princess-Plot: Poetry about an amazing girl (everyone of us) and her fairy tale story. -My Opinion: I Loved this. Break Your Glass Slippers is the first Amanda Lovelace's book that I read... and woah!!! so wonderful. It was like receiving a personal message and I think it's something we should all read.******ESPAÑOL******Gracias a Netgalley por la copia avanzada. - En pocas palabras: La princesa se salva sola.- MC: La princesa (y todas nosotras).-Plot: La princesa aprende -luego de un largo camino- a que ella es su propio amor.-Mi opinión: Un libro asombroso. Es la primera vez que leo algo de esta autora y quedé impresionada. Este libro me llegó directamente al corazón y es algo que todas deberían leer. Es hermoso y me sacó algunas lagrimas.
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  • julie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.fairy godmother says don’t know if anyone has ever told you this, but: their lack of love for you does not make you any less loveable.Amanda Lovelace does it again. I am not a fan of her older poetry collections but lately she keeps on surprising me and make me feel empowered in a way not many others can. Definitely can’t wait to see what other work she will publish in the future.
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  • Anandi Puritipati
    January 1, 1970
    I'll get this out of the way first- the message that Amanda is trying to send through this book is a GREAT one and I can completely understand her words being words you need to hear when you're in a specific place in your life.That being said, I think a strong, powerful and positive message can still open up a work of art for criticism. I don't know why I keep coming back to Amanda's work when it's always been a hit or miss for me. All I can say is that she's easy to read and sometimes she makes I'll get this out of the way first- the message that Amanda is trying to send through this book is a GREAT one and I can completely understand her words being words you need to hear when you're in a specific place in your life.That being said, I think a strong, powerful and positive message can still open up a work of art for criticism. I don't know why I keep coming back to Amanda's work when it's always been a hit or miss for me. All I can say is that she's easy to read and sometimes she makes that magic happen with her words. And I think it's beautiful to witness it, even if it's not often. Sadly, this book lacked that magic. A lot.There's a lot to poetry that isn't just jagged lines filled with words, and I'm slowly learning about it as I grow and read more. And honestly, break your glass slippers lacked what makes sentences poems, in my opinion. The words felt like tumblr/twitter posts. The lack of metaphor when the book itself is based off of one! OOF! I honestly believe the author is capable of something wonderful, but I think she kind of let it go with this book. I'm really disappointed, and I wish there had been more work put into this collection! ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!
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  • Kristina | kristinaandthebooks
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. I’ve been wanting to read some of Amanda Lovelace’s poetry to see if the hype is justified. While I understand the appeal, I do not believe this to be high quality poetry. Unfortunately, this collection is full of cliche and gimmicks. Overall, the poetry lacked substance and the text in this book comprised maybe 50% of its pages. I was able to get through its entirety, including acknowledgements and such, in under 30 minutes. This would be a 2 star collection if not for the message I 2.5 stars. I’ve been wanting to read some of Amanda Lovelace’s poetry to see if the hype is justified. While I understand the appeal, I do not believe this to be high quality poetry. Unfortunately, this collection is full of cliche and gimmicks. Overall, the poetry lacked substance and the text in this book comprised maybe 50% of its pages. I was able to get through its entirety, including acknowledgements and such, in under 30 minutes. This would be a 2 star collection if not for the message I believe it will get across to many young adults struggling with self-esteem and unhealthy relationships.I do appreciate that this collection begins with a list of trigger warnings, which is not something I’ve seen in poetry but is much needed. This collection is based on Cinderella, as modernized fairytales seem to be a consistent inspiration for Lovelace. The artwork included in this volume is gorgeous.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for making this collection available for review.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    *sigh*I always have such high hopes for Amanda Lovelace's poetry but every time I am disappointed. Why do I keep reading her collections, you might ask? Because the poems about the Salem Witch trials in The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One were phenomenal and took my breath away. I'm always hoping that Lovelace will do that to me again in her newer collections. Sadly, that was not the case with Break Your Glass Slippers. break your glass slippers is a loose retelling of Cinderella, where *sigh*I always have such high hopes for Amanda Lovelace's poetry but every time I am disappointed. Why do I keep reading her collections, you might ask? Because the poems about the Salem Witch trials in The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One were phenomenal and took my breath away. I'm always hoping that Lovelace will do that to me again in her newer collections. Sadly, that was not the case with Break Your Glass Slippers. break your glass slippers is a loose retelling of Cinderella, where Cinderella (a stand-in for Lovelace and pretty much women in general). Most of the poems are about telling women that their self-worth is not defined by fairy tales or finding a prince charming. Sometimes we just need to learn to love ourselves to get a happily ever after. There are beautiful illustrations scattered through out the collection, and I absolutely loved them. Whoever the illustrator was (I don't think it was mentioned in the book, but I'm assuming it's the same person who illustrated To Make Monsters Out of Girls), I really loved how they balanced the fairy tale theme with a feminist edge. I almost want to buy the collection just for the illustrations. However, I just did not feel anything for the poems. If you've read Lovelace's collections before, then you know that her poetry can be repetitive. Don't get me wrong, I really love the themes and messages she covers. I think that her poetry is so, so important, especially for people who might not love poetry. BUT I wish the poet would cut down on the amount of poems and work on expanding on the good stuff. My particular favorites were the fairy godmother sections and the poems in part ii. A lot of the poems were just one line with some basic view of feminism. Again, nothing wrong with this, especially for those new to poetry and feminism. However, at this point in Lovelace's poetic career (as this is her SIXTH published collection), I would have expected more from her. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jess (PassportsandPaperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me this book to review!~Fairy Godmother says:you are limitless.you can have the lipstick.you can have the sword.~I absolutely love Amanda Lovelace – I’ve enjoyed every single book she has written and I re-read them regularly. I already know that I will be buying a physical copy of this one to do the same thing!This book is half Cinderella, half real life, which twist and shape into a gorgeous narrative where Cinderella finds her Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me this book to review!~Fairy Godmother says:you are limitless.you can have the lipstick.you can have the sword.~I absolutely love Amanda Lovelace – I’ve enjoyed every single book she has written and I re-read them regularly. I already know that I will be buying a physical copy of this one to do the same thing!This book is half Cinderella, half real life, which twist and shape into a gorgeous narrative where Cinderella finds her self-worth without her Prince. Her poetry is simple, but evokes deep emotions through the power of just a paragraph or a sentence. Not many people can do that and I love her even more for it!Amanda has a beautiful way with words that really speaks to me, and I assume will with a lot of women (and possibly men!). Her poetry is raw and real, uncovering the toxicity of relationships both romantic and otherwise. This collection feels more uplifting than some of her other books, injecting positivity, the idea of self-love and self-worth between the narrative in the shape of the Fairy Godmother. She is the voice of reason when everyone around Cinderella is being awful, which is a lovely addition. I can see a lot of these poems being hung on walls and memorised!She still touches on difficult subjects, hence the trigger warnings at the front of the book. I deeply appreciate that she does this for every single book that she has – this should definitely be a normality.The illustrations in this book are simply wonderful and probably my favourite of her works so far. I think they tie in to the narrative especially well are give the book another dimension.I understand that modern poetry isn’t for everyone, but Amanda’s poetry can read as single statements which put across an important message regardless. I’d recommend anyone who has ever felt worthless, sad, confused about someone, has/had body issues to read this as it will give you a boost you may not have known you needed.I absolutely devoured this book (I finished it within an hour…it’s just that good!) and is easily within my top 3 of this year (I’ve already read quite a lot!). I haven’t connected to a collection of poetry this strongly for a very long time so I’m excited to see where this series goes. I can’t wait for general release so others can share my joy in reading this wonderful book! 5 stars and a huge recommendation from me!
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  • Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I got an eArc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Rating: Underwhelming.I've read nearly all of Amanda Lovelace's work. Some I loved, some I felt indifferent toward. So, even as a fan, I say that if you have read Amanda's previous books then you have also read Break Your Glass Slippers.You Are Your Own Fairy tale is a series that is supposed to be inspired and provide a modern take on well-known fairytales. From the title itself, this collection is inspired Disclaimer: I got an eArc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Rating: Underwhelming.I've read nearly all of Amanda Lovelace's work. Some I loved, some I felt indifferent toward. So, even as a fan, I say that if you have read Amanda's previous books then you have also read Break Your Glass Slippers.You Are Your Own Fairy tale is a series that is supposed to be inspired and provide a modern take on well-known fairytales. From the title itself, this collection is inspired by Cinderella. However, besides the artwork and a couple of poems, the references to the classic story seemed rather vague. Perhaps it is because the same themes can be found across all of Amanda's poetry. In fact, there wasn't really a cohesive theme across the collection: one poem would be inspirational, the next a warning, then a random line, a throwback poem about a toxic relationship, and then aspirations. There wasn't a linear story line like The Princess had, just a collection of random "poems" tied together. I say "poems" because even as someone who believes that poetry is what you make it and I don't believe in definition or restricting what it can be, some of these were truly random throw away lines that if seen outside of a collection "you're too good for me - Charming" you'd never think of as a poem, even in a "modern internet" poem type of way.The great thing about this collection is that it is honestly perfect for any young girl, because it offers advice about relationships and self-worth. A lot of the "advice" may seem basic to older readers, but honestly, sometimes it takes ages and several mistakes to learn. Even as an adult, a few poems hit straight home and that I loved. It's just there were too few of them. So overall, I'm disappointed to say that this book lacks the impact that Amanda's previous works had, simply because a lot of the content is so similar to everything we've already read from her before.
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  • Amy Littleford
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 stars.Firstly, I'd like to thank NetGalley for giving me an ARC for an honest review!"It has never been within your duty to be pretty"Having read all of Amanda Lovelace's books, I was excited to read this one. Being such a huge fan of fairytales I was looking forward to seeing how Amanda used this in her writing. I have to say Nikita Gill's forward is brilliantly written and also the artwork is a beautiful addition as always to the writing!"We don't win till we're all winning"I still find *3.5 stars.Firstly, I'd like to thank NetGalley for giving me an ARC for an honest review!"It has never been within your duty to be pretty"Having read all of Amanda Lovelace's books, I was excited to read this one. Being such a huge fan of fairytales I was looking forward to seeing how Amanda used this in her writing. I have to say Nikita Gill's forward is brilliantly written and also the artwork is a beautiful addition as always to the writing!"We don't win till we're all winning"I still find it hard to consider Amanda's writing poetry. I would say it is more like inspirational quotes and pieces of prose which I still enjoyed. I found the 'fairy godmother says' a little irritating after a while and was glad when I got to the next sections where it stopped. "My value doesn't go down when my weight goes up"I love the girl power vibes throughout this book and how much Amanda supports women. Having put on 2 and 1/2 stone in two years (shock horror) the quote above really helped me to try and see myself in a better light. I can see how a lot of people will be able to relate to this book and how it can really help people. I liked the concept that we can be our own fairy godmother and our own prince. We are strong enough to do it for ourselves! "I went from a single wildflower to a whole fucking meadow"I was glad to see some pieces that celebrated men rather than slating them throughout which shows Amanda's growth. In truth there is always somebody out there that isn't going to fuck us over. "Withholding forgiveness can be a form of self-care"Another quote that will be forever in my mind. Sometimes you just need someone else to say it for you to truly believe it! Another good book from Amanda and I hope to read many more.Amy x
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  • PhilipThePoet
    January 1, 1970
    be trusting, but be vigilant*thank you to Netgalley for providing me an e-arc* book releases March 17th.If this book wasn't so far above my expectations, I would probably have rated it 4 stars. I hadn't read anything else from Amanda Lovelace before, and I picked this up on a whim. (Well, I didn't really pick it up since it's online. You get what I'm trying to say.) This book is a collection of poetry that’s loosely based on Cinderella. And I’ve heard negative things about some of her other be trusting, but be vigilant*thank you to Netgalley for providing me an e-arc* book releases March 17th.If this book wasn't so far above my expectations, I would probably have rated it 4 stars. I hadn't read anything else from Amanda Lovelace before, and I picked this up on a whim. (Well, I didn't really pick it up since it's online. You get what I'm trying to say.) This book is a collection of poetry that’s loosely based on Cinderella. And I’ve heard negative things about some of her other books, but I actually really enjoyed this. The first half was definitely 5 stars, the second half was maybe 4? You can tell that this book has modern themes, but also themes that are present in Cinderella. I loved how after every toxic or depressing word or phrase or paragraph there is a page full of positivity and encouragement. So often in poetry dump they dump the depressing stuff on you and then dump the positive stuff. This book perfectly balanced that. It touched on very important topics without making it the main theme of the novel. There are significant trigger warnings (shown at the beginning of the book). Also, so much poetry is about relationships and heartbreak, which I don’t have a lot of experience with and can’t relate to. This book talked so much about self worth and self care, which is something I’m finding really important in my life right now. I don’t read a lot of poetry, and I doubt I ever will. But I’m interested in reading more by this author. So many people have reviewed that they dislike “tumblr poetry”, the type of poetry in short phrases but powerful messages. This book it not for everyone. I actually like this and I felt like the author handled the subject matter and poetry type very well.I recommend checking this out when it releases!
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  • Pao Vilchis
    January 1, 1970
    “Dear prince, if you tried to find me now, you wouldn’t be able to. You see, when I finally learned how to love myself, everything about me changed. Love, the princess”Break your Glass Slippers is a poetry collection about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. When I saw this book available on NetGalley I immediately started to read it. I am a huge fan of Amanda Lovelaces work. Like most of Amanda Lovelances work I adored this poetry collection. “Dear prince, if you tried to find me now, you wouldn’t be able to. You see, when I finally learned how to love myself, everything about me changed. Love, the princess”Break your Glass Slippers is a poetry collection about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. When I saw this book available on NetGalley I immediately started to read it. I am a huge fan of Amanda Lovelace´s work. Like most of Amanda Lovelance´s work I adored this poetry collection. The author is starting to become one of my favorites. The poetry isn’t groundbreaking or a masterpiece but it makes me feel things no other poetry has ever been able to do. It makes me reflect and appreciate everything that surrounds me, including myself.Every time I read Lovelace´s work I feel good and this was no exception. This poetry collection makes me feel like I matter and even though this is Lovelance´s story I feel seen and represented. These are words you need to hear no matter at what point in your life you are. I can see why some people see this as a Twitter/ Tumblr post, and maybe it is, but even a Twitter / Tumblr post can be beautiful and inspiring.What made this collection extra special for me was that every negative thought was followed by a positive one, it felt hopeful. The poetry is empowering and promotes self-love above all. I truly recommend you read it. Overall it was an amazing poetry collection, the poems are raw and promote self-love which I think is crucial. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a short, powerful poetry book that is easy to read and will definitely make you love yourself a little bit more. Finally, please read the trigger warnings at the beginning of the book.Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley the advance copy of Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.First of all, this poetry book was wonderful and magical. I love Cinderella retellings, and to actually have a poetry book inspired by fairy tales, really made this book worthwhile. Personally, I found the first part of the book to be the strongest as it correlated more to Cinderella. Each section was unique, but I still found myself loving the first part of Thank you Netgalley the advance copy of Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.First of all, this poetry book was wonderful and magical. I love Cinderella retellings, and to actually have a poetry book inspired by fairy tales, really made this book worthwhile. Personally, I found the first part of the book to be the strongest as it correlated more to Cinderella. Each section was unique, but I still found myself loving the first part of her book. What I read was a journey to discover self-love and growth, and moving away from a toxic relationship. I have only read one of Amanda's previous work, and highly enjoyed it as well. But, personally I prefer Break Your Glass Slippers. Very inspiring poems. I wrote my favorites poems in my journal. Looking forward to Amanda's next installment for your fairy tale retellings.My favorites:Fairy Godmother says when you spend all your time imagining yourself in other people's shoes, your own story goes unwritten, & there is nothing more painful than that.Fairy Godmother says that villains almost never look like cackling witches, cruel stepmothers, or bratty stepsisters. They're so much quieter than that, & I think that's what makes them so menacing. In some chapters of your storybook, you'll find them hiding everywhere - even in the faces of those you hold dearest. They never reveal their true intentions until you've trusted them too much, & must like that, everyone you know has turned into a stranger.She never needed anyone else's help to have the fairy tale she always wanted. At long last, she's realized one of the greatest truths a person can learn during the course of a life: she is her own goddamn fairy tale.
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  • S Dash
    January 1, 1970
    " her precious fairy tales showed her what would happen if she found her prince, but they never prepared her for what she should do if her prince turned out to be her unhappily ever after. "I loved the book. There were so many beautiful lines in that poem that I cannot appreciate enough and I would say it's a beautiful way to spread the message of "self care" and "self love". I loved how it said "skinny" and "fat" are just sizes and are neither compliment nor comment. There were many other " her precious fairy tales showed her what would happen if she found her prince, but they never prepared her for what she should do if her prince turned out to be her unhappily ever after. "I loved the book. There were so many beautiful lines in that poem that I cannot appreciate enough and I would say it's a beautiful way to spread the message of "self care" and "self love". I loved how it said "skinny" and "fat" are just sizes and are neither compliment nor comment. There were many other sensitive issues that were covered in this book and kudos to the poet for being able to portray it with such ease.Moreover, the book had beautiful aesthetics as well. The book was in a peculiar format - poem for what's going on in Cinderella's life and then Fairy Godmother's advice to her. Best part was : It promoted the message that no matter what if you have fallen down you can definitely rise again and it's all in your hands. There are some trigger warnings at the beginning of the book so check that out before proceeding. Too easy to read, can be completed in less than an hour. The title of the book can make you feel that this book is a poetic wonder which it is not. Quite straightforward with no hidden meanings as such, what the poet wanted to convey is kept is presented in simple English and there is no "I feel she wanted to convey this emotion here".Lastly, I would like to thank Netgalley for providing the eArc of Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mathilde Paulsen
    January 1, 1970
    The E-Arc Break Your Glass Slippers was kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not altered my opinion of the book.This was a lovely poetry book, about falling in love with yourself and about both healing and growing after getting away from the man you though was your Prince Charming. I loved the way the popular story of Cinderella was integrated into this personal collection of poems! It was a breath of fresh air, compared to some other modern poetry books.This The E-Arc Break Your Glass Slippers was kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not altered my opinion of the book.This was a lovely poetry book, about falling in love with yourself and about both healing and growing after getting away from the man you though was your Prince Charming. I loved the way the popular story of Cinderella was integrated into this personal collection of poems! It was a breath of fresh air, compared to some other modern poetry books.This book had some poems that I loved, but it also had some that I hated. For the most part though, I was just indifferent to them. There is something about this particular style of poetry that simply does not resonate with me. I’m the kind of reader that loves poems with deep, hidden meanings and lyrical language that has the tiniest spark of magic to it. This style feels more like a very calm “telling-you-exactly-what’s-happening” kinda thing. Maybe I just have to come to terms with the fact that this type of modern “pop” poetry just isn’t my cup of tea.I highly recommend this book to fans of Rupi Kaur or previous books by Amanda Lovelace! It’s a nice collection of poems that speak of important themes and has important messages.Below, I’ve included one of my favorites from the collection:☾☼when they tell me that i’ve changed, like it’s some personal act of betrayal on my part, i tell them, “i know. i’ve never been more proud of myself. i went from a single wildflower to a whole fucking meadow.”☼☽
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Break Your Glass Slippers is a collection of poetry themed with female empowerment. It's a love letter to the girl who is tasked with breaking toxic cycles and it's a siren call to females everywhere that we are worthy of more. I loved that Amanda Lovelace counteracts every negative message with an example of positive, healthy self-talk. This is therapy right here. Check it out.Note: Significant trigger warnings are listed before the poetry begins. Please seek these out if needed.Thank you to Break Your Glass Slippers is a collection of poetry themed with female empowerment. It's a love letter to the girl who is tasked with breaking toxic cycles and it's a siren call to females everywhere that we are worthy of more. I loved that Amanda Lovelace counteracts every negative message with an example of positive, healthy self-talk. This is therapy right here. Check it out.Note: Significant trigger warnings are listed before the poetry begins. Please seek these out if needed.Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Break Your Glass Slippers. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.Source: NetGalleyAuthor: Amanda LovelacePublisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingGenres: PoetryPub Date: March 17, 2020
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  • Isabel✨
    January 1, 1970
    I am by no means a poetry connoisseur. I've read relatively little of it and I'm not a critical poetry analyst. Nonetheless, I find myself loving a lot of the poetry I read. I know a lot of people criticize this type of "Instagram poetry" as being shallow and artistically lazy, while others commend it for being accessible and emotional in a way that more complex poetry often is not. I find myself on the side of those for it. Just as with books, poetry is varied. There's absolutely nothing wrong I am by no means a poetry connoisseur. I've read relatively little of it and I'm not a critical poetry analyst. Nonetheless, I find myself loving a lot of the poetry I read. I know a lot of people criticize this type of "Instagram poetry" as being shallow and artistically lazy, while others commend it for being accessible and emotional in a way that more complex poetry often is not. I find myself on the side of those for it. Just as with books, poetry is varied. There's absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying more approachable poetry over the effort that is required for a lot of what is considered traditional poetry, just as there's nothing wrong with preferring YA over Adult books for its ease. In this way, I thought break your glass slippers succeeded. It is a feminist manifesto in the same ways that many of these collections are, covering self-love, body positivity, toxic relationships, and insecurity (among many, many more). These topics are treated with short poems that read more like affirmations, but there's power in that. Even if it's something you've heard before, sometimes what you need is to read that one phrase. It was only a seven-line poem, but one of them was really what I needed to read tonight. Honestly, if this book can provide that in just one of its poems for all of the people who pick it up, it has succeeded fully. I look forward to exploring more of Lovelace's books in the future. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    This is one you should definitely read if you have ever faced a toxic relationship, feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness, and need a few reminders that you are enough and you can do anything through hard work and determination. Amanda Lovelace's first book in her new You are your own fairy tale series is a poetic retelling or reimagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Instead of the fairy godmother (FG) fashioning a gown, a coach, and fancy slippers, (in the first of three parts of This is one you should definitely read if you have ever faced a toxic relationship, feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness, and need a few reminders that you are enough and you can do anything through hard work and determination. Amanda Lovelace's first book in her new You are your own fairy tale series is a poetic retelling or reimagining of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Instead of the fairy godmother (FG) fashioning a gown, a coach, and fancy slippers, (in the first of three parts of the book) the FG offers the girl powerful affirmations of self-worth, strength, and the power to find the beauty that is within. The second part of the book focuses on self-care and knowing your own worth, while the third part is short and sweet--"be your own...fairy tale." This is isn't book lamenting on finding your prince or hoping for a fairy godmother, this book is about facing difficult situations and finding the magic and power within yourself to be seen, to be heard, and to shape your own destiny. Often Lovelace's works are hit and miss for me, but the majority of this one resonated because doubt, feelings of selfishness when I practice self-care, and feeling stuck are all things I still struggle with and this book offers little gems of hope that can help to push away from those negative naggers in the brain. Thank you NetGalley and publisher for the eARC of this work in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    This arc was provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.TW: child abuse, toxic friendships, toxic romantic friendships, sexual harassment, eating disorders, fatphobia, suicide, & trauma. more forgetting time.more midnight dances with yourself.more, always more. This wasn't a necessarily bad book; I think it brings up important messages about self-love, body image and finding your self-worth, or at least some respect for your own self. As with her This arc was provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.TW: child abuse, toxic friendships, toxic romantic friendships, sexual harassment, eating disorders, fatphobia, suicide, & trauma. more forgetting time.more midnight dances with yourself.more, always more. This wasn't a necessarily bad book; I think it brings up important messages about self-love, body image and finding your self-worth, or at least some respect for your own self. As with her previous books, Lovelace always brings her raw experiences to her words and I appreciate her candor and hopefulness. It does inspire me to keep working on myself and to help my friends when I see them going through the same thing.However, the thoughts I shared about her previous work, the mermaid's voice returns in this one, are the same ones I feel about her newest installment. I think the setting of Cinderella or the use of her tale in order to organize these poems brought nothing to the overall enjoyment of this collection. I am constantly hoping her new book will have the same spark that I found in her first two poetry collections, and this one fell short to me.It was another safe bet for Lovelace, and I truly hope I'll love her next ones more.
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  • Chadreadsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    TW: child abuse, toxic friendships, toxic romantic relationship, sexual harassment, eating disorders, fat phobia, suicide, trauma “When they tell me I’ve changed,like it’s some personal act of betrayal on my part, I tell them, “I know. I’ve never been more proud of myself. I went from a single wildflower to a whole fucking meadow” - break your glass slippers I’ve read every Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collections she has ever brought out and wow she never ceases to amaze me. This poetry collection TW: child abuse, toxic friendships, toxic romantic relationship, sexual harassment, eating disorders, fat phobia, suicide, trauma “When they tell me I’ve changed,like it’s some personal act of betrayal on my part, I tell them, “I know. I’ve never been more proud of myself. I went from a single wildflower to a whole fucking meadow” - break your glass slippers I’ve read every Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collections she has ever brought out and wow she never ceases to amaze me. This poetry collection was just a masterpiece and for me needs to be read by everyone!!! Every page the poems were just breathtaking and I’ve marked and saved so many of them. I just love the empowerment of Amanda’s collections of self love, being your own self and also never letting anyone try and knock you off your throne or steal your crown you deserve!!! This poetry collection for me is my favourite from Amanda and I could just read her collections all day, like I need quote from her collections around the house :)One final thing that I love when delving into Amanda’s poetry is that she always puts the trigger warnings of what’s to come when you delve into the collection.Just amazing and a 5/5 star read (my first 5 star of the year)
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  • Melanie Sligh
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a honest review. Amanda Lovelace does it again. Her writing grows stronger every new book, and I can see the transformation before my eyes. I absolutely enjoyed Break Your Glass Slipper. One could say it shattered expectations. Whatever Fairy Godmother says, you should listen. Those were my favorite segments in the entire book. “you don’t need to look a certain way to deserve someone’s I would like to thank NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for allowing me to read this book in exchange for a honest review. Amanda Lovelace does it again. Her writing grows stronger every new book, and I can see the transformation before my eyes. I absolutely enjoyed Break Your Glass Slipper. One could say it shattered expectations. Whatever Fairy Godmother says, you should listen. Those were my favorite segments in the entire book. “you don’t need to look a certain way to deserve someone’s heart. No matter your shape - no matter your size - be proud of all the space your body dares to take up”.The illustrations in this book were by far my favorite that Lovelace has had before. The checklist, the shattered slipper, both really stood out. Lovelace has captured different topics ranging from privilege, to comparing ones self worth to others, to heartbreak. I am thankful she puts her disclaimer at the beginning of each book. I felt like there was nod to “Women are some kind of magic” saying, “some kinds of magic just don’t call to each other”, and that truly brought a smile to my face to see it all tie in. Overall, this has been such a great read and I’m excited to see what is next for Amanda Lovelace. 5 stars, hands down.
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  • Carly
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been a girl of fanciful dreams and a lover of fairytales, always imagining my own Prince Charming in shining armour and a handsome face. Amanda Lovelace's poetry books have been talked about as masterpieces, and this is my first experience with one. If they are all this deep and soul-hitting, then I'm about to add more books to my collection. break your glass slippers is a poetry masterpiece, and a story that many girls should read. I kept a notebook page with the page numbers of I've always been a girl of fanciful dreams and a lover of fairytales, always imagining my own Prince Charming in shining armour and a handsome face. Amanda Lovelace's poetry books have been talked about as masterpieces, and this is my first experience with one. If they are all this deep and soul-hitting, then I'm about to add more books to my collection. break your glass slippers is a poetry masterpiece, and a story that many girls should read. I kept a notebook page with the page numbers of every thing that hit close to home and, let me just say, it encompassed at LEAST half the book. From the first heartbreak of feeling like family doesn't love you, to the villains being those you cared about, and the importance of self love. I can't even begin to describe how familiar these things were. It also helped me to realise that my own Prince is everything he should be. My only request is that somebody writes one of these books for the men in the world. I think we spend so much time empowering women that we don't spend enough time teaching men that they are important too. This is a definite 4.5/5 for me for the message and the style. Thanks to NetGalley for the arc read.
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  • Jessica Ackley
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Lovelace did an incredible job with this book for a few reasons. First of all, it really flowed. Sometimes books of poetry can feel random as you flip the page, but with this one, I never felt like the next poem was unexpected or out of place. Second, I feel like any reader would connect with a number of the poems because while they all seemed to go together, they were varied enough that everyone could connect with some of them. Since I read this as an e-book, I actually bookmarked the Amanda Lovelace did an incredible job with this book for a few reasons. First of all, it really flowed. Sometimes books of poetry can feel random as you flip the page, but with this one, I never felt like the next poem was unexpected or out of place. Second, I feel like any reader would connect with a number of the poems because while they all seemed to go together, they were varied enough that everyone could connect with some of them. Since I read this as an e-book, I actually bookmarked the poems that I related to and it looks like that came to about 22 of the pages. It also wasn't just that I related to those poems - it was more that although I could never personally find the words to write them, if someone told me that Lovelace has used my soul as an inspiration to write a few of them, I would have thought, "oh, that explains it". She just perfectly captured emotions that I have personally felt, which in my limited experience with poetry isn't something I often have felt.Overall, I loved reading this and I'm hoping to get my hands on a hard copy some day to add to my collection because it's one that I want to read again and recommend to many people.
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  • l.p_books
    January 1, 1970
    this is the first book in a new series by the one and only amanda lovelace. mistress of heartfelt poetry and bringing difficult emotions to paper. while the first two series were about getting over loss and rejection, painful experiences and toxic relationships this new first book is all about discovering your self-worth and standing your ground.yes, it still picks up on the toxic relationships mainly but not limited to romantic relationships but this is all about confirming your self-believe, this is the first book in a new series by the one and only amanda lovelace. mistress of heartfelt poetry and bringing difficult emotions to paper. while the first two series were about getting over loss and rejection, painful experiences and toxic relationships this new first book is all about discovering your self-worth and standing your ground.yes, it still picks up on the toxic relationships mainly but not limited to romantic relationships but this is all about confirming your self-believe, about reassuring you and reminding you that you owe nothing to anyone.whether you struggle with self-confidence or have in the past, whether you feel low at times or worry whether you're being too self-absorbed, this book will wrap you in a soft warm blanket, make you a hot tea and put a teddy bear in your arms. all the while telling you that you are worth the world, that you have to limit yourself for no one but also telling you some harsh hard truths.this book doesn't cover-up. doesn't romanticize. doesn't lull you in until you have no own free will anymore. it will empower you in a way only your fairy godmother could. with love, Me
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  • Sherri
    January 1, 1970
    Break your Glass Slippers is the beginning of a new poetry collection done by the poet Amanda Lovelace. Quoting from the first page of the introduction, I found these words say it best to describe the purpose of the new series; You are Your Own Fairy Tale. “The message in this captivating book of poetry is clear: take this modern fairy tale, treasure it, and share it with someone you love. Let it teach you that magic you are looking for already rest inside you, waiting for a spark. Let it remind Break your Glass Slippers is the beginning of a new poetry collection done by the poet Amanda Lovelace. Quoting from the first page of the introduction, I found these words say it best to describe the purpose of the new series; You are Your Own Fairy Tale. “The message in this captivating book of poetry is clear: take this modern fairy tale, treasure it, and share it with someone you love. Let it teach you that magic you are looking for already rest inside you, waiting for a spark. Let it remind you of your spirit through mystical words that awaken the flames inside you.”Break your Glass Slippers is a retelling of Cinderella and what makes it unique is that you are Cinderella, you are the Fairy Godmother, and you are the Prince. You become the whole story by interpreting parts that mean the most to you and it was done beautifully. I especially love the parts of the Fairy Godmother for those parts spoke the loudest to me. The artwork/illustrations made it feel even more like a fairy tale. This collection is my favorite from everything Amanda Lovelace has created. I am looking forward to more in this series.Kindly provided by NetGalley.
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  • Siobhán
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free poetry collection.* "Break your Glass Slippers" is a feminist Cinderella retelling in poems, which deal with fatshaming, sexual abuse/exploitation, standing up for oneself, self acceptance, healing, guilty feminism, and coming to terms with one's body. The poems are very short, yet poignant. The poems from the Fairy Godmother try to tell you that you are worthy despite what everybody else (or the mirror) tells *I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free poetry collection.* "Break your Glass Slippers" is a feminist Cinderella retelling in poems, which deal with fatshaming, sexual abuse/exploitation, standing up for oneself, self acceptance, healing, guilty feminism, and coming to terms with one's body. The poems are very short, yet poignant. The poems from the Fairy Godmother try to tell you that you are worthy despite what everybody else (or the mirror) tells you: "fairy godmother saysyou are limitless. you can have the lipstick. you can have the sword." (p. 27)I loved the poems, but most of all I loved the message of self-acceptance, self-care and body positivity. Fairy tales and the message they send are also deconstructed: "her precious fairy tales showed her what would / happen if she found her prince, but they / never prepared her for what she should do if / her prince turned out to be her unhappily ever after. --- cinderella." (p. 68)5 Stars
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  • Jantine
    January 1, 1970
    Dear prince,If you tried to find me now,you wouldn't be able to.You see, when I finally learnedhow to love myself, everythingabout me changed.Love,the princess.Oh my, I finished these poems way too quick, I wanted this collection to contain more of them! Yes, they are that good. I am definately going to re-read this, and I've already looked up if it will be sold in the Netherlands - since I definately want to buy it too. My loving this collection of poems probably has to do with a couple of Dear prince,If you tried to find me now,you wouldn't be able to.You see, when I finally learnedhow to love myself, everythingabout me changed.Love,the princess.Oh my, I finished these poems way too quick, I wanted this collection to contain more of them! Yes, they are that good. I am definately going to re-read this, and I've already looked up if it will be sold in the Netherlands - since I definately want to buy it too. My loving this collection of poems probably has to do with a couple of things. I mean, yes, of course they are good, and I could write a whole lot about how the words are arranged, about the beautiful simplicity etc. But let's be honest, poetry is all about emotions, and to capture emotions in good poetry is not all about techniques. Me loving these poems probably has as much origin in them brushing my own experiences, them helping me find words for what I feel. I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Sara Jovanovic
    January 1, 1970
    As a big fan of Amanda's poems, I'm always eagerly anticipating whatever she's coming up with next. And this collection was wonderful. It's start of her new series and reimagines the story of Cinderella, with personal insights from author's life. In a similar manner to her previous works, this too touches upon topics of toxic dynamics, abuse, and how to regain self-confidence.I loved the way Amanda balanced darker poems with positive ones fillied with encouragement and empowerment. She's able to As a big fan of Amanda's poems, I'm always eagerly anticipating whatever she's coming up with next. And this collection was wonderful. It's start of her new series and reimagines the story of Cinderella, with personal insights from author's life. In a similar manner to her previous works, this too touches upon topics of toxic dynamics, abuse, and how to regain self-confidence.I loved the way Amanda balanced darker poems with positive ones fillied with encouragement and empowerment. She's able to say so much with so little words, and her writing always manages to touch me and resonate with me. This was a great opening collection and I'm extremely excited to see where this series goes.she wants nothing morethan to be the kind of girlworthy of standingnext to him.- she doesn't always want what's best for her.Thanks to the Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Julia Black
    January 1, 1970
    Amanda Lovelaces new poetry collection is just as beautiful and empowering as all her other works. I've read everyone of her books and got super excited when I seen i could read this on Netgalley. This collection is about breaking toxic cycles and letting females know they are worth so much more. She always counters the negative with a positive and self love note. I really liked that Amanda Lovelace made the fairy godmother seem like she is in all of us when we need her the most and that we Amanda Lovelaces new poetry collection is just as beautiful and empowering as all her other works. I've read everyone of her books and got super excited when I seen i could read this on Netgalley. This collection is about breaking toxic cycles and letting females know they are worth so much more. She always counters the negative with a positive and self love note. I really liked that Amanda Lovelace made the fairy godmother seem like she is in all of us when we need her the most and that we really need to believe in ourselves. The way she mixed classic fairy tales with her own experience was really creative. I always feel like everyone can relate to her poems. I cant wait for her next collection to come out. I also want to talk about the illustrations and they're absolutely stunning especially the night sky drawings.
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  • Sweetheart_Seer
    January 1, 1970
    *I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. * I inhaled this in one sitting. This tends to happen when I read work by Lovelace.I related to so much of what she says. I found different lines we are all familiar with twisted and turned creatively. I found song lyrics expanded to fit the theme. I found myself nodding along at aspects presented concerning my first ever relationship as well as inspiration for my career now. Wow. Incredible.There were so many bits that I *I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. * I inhaled this in one sitting. This tends to happen when I read work by Lovelace.I related to so much of what she says. I found different lines we are all familiar with twisted and turned creatively. I found song lyrics expanded to fit the theme. I found myself nodding along at aspects presented concerning my first ever relationship as well as inspiration for my career now. Wow. Incredible.There were so many bits that I wrote down in my journal as favorite quotes or thoughts. I cannot wait to see what she does with the rest of this series as this is the first in a new threaded theme based on fairy tales. This one was Cinderella. I liked the expansion on the Queen and King themes and Princess and Prince.I loved that idea of the Fairy Godmother voice being our own inner self. ♡ Yes, a world of yes. ♡
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  • Alexis Nalley
    January 1, 1970
    “she never needed anyone else’s help to have the fairy tale she always wanted. at long last, she’s realized one of the greatest truths a person can learn during the course of a life: she is her own goddamn fairy tale.”As always, I loved the new collection of poems from Amanda Lovelace. Her poems always hit me right in the gut and right in the heart and I adore it every time. Break Your Glass Slippers takes the story of Cinderella and turns it on its head to create a story that tells women they “she never needed anyone else’s help to have the fairy tale she always wanted. at long last, she’s realized one of the greatest truths a person can learn during the course of a life: she is her own goddamn fairy tale.”As always, I loved the new collection of poems from Amanda Lovelace. Her poems always hit me right in the gut and right in the heart and I adore it every time. Break Your Glass Slippers takes the story of Cinderella and turns it on its head to create a story that tells women they don’t need to impress their prince, tells women to practice self-care and, just as importantly, to practice self-love. I really liked the set-up of poems about the princess followed by the fairy godmother advice poems. It fit so well with the Cinderella aspect, it was something I appreciated. The illustrations in this book are GORGEOUS and I absolutely cannot wait to see them in person.
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  • Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks NetGalley for the free e-ARCI'm not sure why I keep reading Amanda Lovelace's books because I don't exactly love them. They are okay and I really like a handful of poems, but as a whole, I don't think they are mind-blowing or anything. I just saw this ebook available on NetGalley and before I knew it I had already added it to my shelf.I liked it, and I like how this new series of poetry collections mixes the concept of a traditional fairy tale (Cinderella, obviously) with the author's Thanks NetGalley for the free e-ARCI'm not sure why I keep reading Amanda Lovelace's books because I don't exactly love them. They are okay and I really like a handful of poems, but as a whole, I don't think they are mind-blowing or anything. I just saw this ebook available on NetGalley and before I knew it I had already added it to my shelf.I liked it, and I like how this new series of poetry collections mixes the concept of a traditional fairy tale (Cinderella, obviously) with the author's personal experiences. Even if I say I'm not that impressed with Lovelace's books, I know I'll be looking forward to reading the next volumes in this series to see what other fairy tales get the chance to get made into poetry.
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