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the princess saves herself in this one Paperback – April 23, 2016
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"It blends fairy tale lore with real-life musings for a beautiful result." (Lindsay E. Mack, Romper)
"As a whole, the collection acts as a tribute to all women who have ever needed a boost of empowerment and inspiration." (Madison Breaux, V Magazine)
"...Amanda Lovelace dives into the topics of modern feminism and empowerment...Read if you've ever thought about love, loss, who you are, and what you want. (So...all of us.)" (Abigail Yonker, The Everygirl)
"This is the book to read if you are on the path to writing your own ending and finding yourself, even when the road to accomplishment is rocky." (Dominique Etzel, Alloy)
"Similar in style—written in straightforward and uncomplicated verse, and content—grappling with themes of female power, love and loss, failure and redemption, pain and healing, poet Amanda Lovelace's The Princess Saves Herself in this One is similar to Kaur's Milk and Honey in another way as well: both books were self-published before going completely viral among readers." (E. CE Miller, Bustle)
"The perfect poetry opener for any fairytale lover and feminist..." (Kerri Jarema, Bustle)
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"18 Literary Quotes Every Feminist Needs to Read Right Now"
#5 "the only thing / required / to be / a woman / is to / identify as one. / - period, end of story."
(E. CE Miller, Bustle)
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About the Author
growing up a word-devourer & avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that amanda lovelace began writing books of her own, & so she did. when she isn't reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season & binge-watching gilmore girls. (before you ask: team jess all the way.) the lifelong poetess & storyteller currently lives in new jersey with her fiancé, their two moody cats, & a combined book collection so large it will soon need its own home. as of 2016, she is working towards her b.a. in english literature with a minor in sociology. the princess saves herself in this one, originally published in 2016, is her debut poetry collection.
her official website is amandalovelace.com.
you can also find her as ladybookmad on twitter, instagram, & tumblr. (she hasn't quite figured out snapchat yet.)
Top customer reviews
As I read this, I had a couple of thoughts between sudden outbursts of tears. One was that I hadn’t read a collection of poetry that I related to and felt the words so deeply since my first encounter with Sylvia Plath’s poetry when I was a teenager. The second was that I probably should have read it with tissues and wine.
I’ve had book hangovers before, but what I’m experiencing after reading The Princess Saves Herself in This One isn’t a book hangover, it’s a haunting. The words won’t leave me, and I’m ok with that. I bought the Kindle edition of this because A) I could have it and read it faster, and B) money was tight when I bought it. But, I think I’m going to order a physical copy ASAP because I want this on my poetry shelf. Something this important, something that touched my life in the way this book did (which I can’t convey in words, so I’m not going to try)… it deserves a spot on my shelf. I’m certain this will be something I read again…and again.
ms. lovelace's words ache & soothe. each stanza alternates between raw, gut-wrenching anecdotes & lush, lyrical descriptions. her writing is so incredibly elegant. i felt breathless by the end of every page. i was awed & bewildered by the end of every section (the princess, the damsel, the queen & you).
throughout the collection, certain images & phrases are repeated or re-interpreted, giving the reader a sense of the poet's changing perceptions & personal growth. i thought these connections & motifs were excellent from start to finish. i especially enjoyed the personification of the princess; she appeared throughout the collection like a recurring dream, and i loved every moment of her journey.
and the activism is so recognizable & so relevant & so important. ms lovelace's political views are made transparent in the final section, through a triumphant rallying cry for her readers. it really completes the curve of her personal growth, and it gives the collection a sense of hope that will linger in the minds of ms. lovelace's readers.
it's just amazing <3
I picked it up that evening for a quick read before my TV show came on. I read it three times, cover to cover (you might miss the first and last poems if you don't think to read it that way.) before I put it down. After the first read through, I intended to reread a few of the poems, but I never found a place to break away. I reread the whole book again, then did it again. (No tv show seen or missed.)
I thrilled to "the princess saves herself in this one " because, for as difficult as it was for the princess/damsel/queen to obtain, the reader can easily and quickly feel/share her progression to empowerment. No sporting event could engage the reader more strongly in passionate support for her/you.
You will leave the book feeling like a satisfied winner/queen..everytime.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One is kind of a memoir-ish collection of poems and I really appreciate how Amanda was so open with her poems. A few poems resonated very deeply with me in a way I wasn't expecting when I started this book.
I think a lot of the poems in The Princess Saves Herself in this One will be relatable to many readers and gives a voice to some issues that aren't always represented in literature and other platforms of media.