the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.
From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.
Minus the few poems I was made to read back in school, I don’t think I’ve actually read any other poetry. However, this year one of my goals is to try and read things that are out of my comfort zone so I decided to give poetry a chance (since it’s hardly fair to write-off an entire branch of literary art because my English teacher sucked the fun out of it by making me over-analyse every single line).
When I saw The Princess Saves Herself in this One on netgalley I decided to request it, since I’d been seeing it everywhere and I’m glad I did. The book is split into four parts; the princess, the damsel, the queen and you. The poems deal with a number of topics including abuse, grief and self-love.
This collection is so deeply personal that it feels almost wrong to review it. There are some poems that I could relate to, some that were shocking in how raw and honest they were and some that I personally didn’t get. One thing I can promise is that you will leave this book feeling like you know the author.
I definitely understand why people say this book resembles tumblr quotes and that it focuses very much on aesthetics. However, I do think this particular style works for the book and I don’t know if these poems would be as effective if they were laid out differently.
I did really enjoy this collection as a whole and I do look forward to reading more poetry, both by this author and others, in the future.