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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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#5 "the only thing / required / to be / a woman / is to / identify as one. / - period, end of story."
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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.)
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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.
(I have a feeling that this will be on my top 2016 books)
I kept seeing this book around, so when it was free on Amazon I decided why not try it out? I AM SO INCREDIBLY GLAD I DID! This book was incredibly powerful, it is just.... so so SO powerful. But more on that later, first here is the summary!
The Princess Saves Herself in this one is divided into four separate parts, The Princess, The Damsel, The Queen and You. I don't read poetry books often, honestly, I don't like poetry all that much. The only other poetry book I read was Poisoned Apples, which like this book dealt with some heavy topics, although Poisoned Apples was more of a feminist book... I'm not entirely sure how to review poetry, so I wrote down some thoughts for each part, but first, here's the short of it!
In its entirety:
This book deals with some heavy topics, but they are IMPORTANT issues like anorexia, depression, and abuse just to name a few.
The poetry was just so... AMAZING. I can't explain it but the way the words moved was fast paced but oh so interesting and I just could not put this book down. It was captivating and heart breaking but near the end, it became warm/had a good message.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One started off very dark, and sad but near the end things get better. Like I said, the message was FANTASTIC (I think I'm going to buy it!)
Very short and quick read, so people with not a lot of time can finish it in about an hour! SHARE IT with others!
This is probably one of the darkest beginnings I've ever read. But in the summary, it says that the first three parts are the authors life and the final is a message to the reader. The Princess (from what I picked up) deals with Anorexia, depression and bullying.
Though this was really dark, it was POWERFUL and I can't say that enough. This book nearly brought me to TEARS. The message was just so GOOD and I just CANT explain how AMAZING this one, honestly, everyone should read it. The YOU part is what got to me the most D: well, all four parts go to me....
My interpretation of this was young love and broken hearts.
There as a LOT of loss in this chapter, a LOT and I was close to crying. I'm not a fan of poetry, but this poetry was so beautifully worded and pieced together and it made me feel things. It (not this section) made me smile/feel victorious and cry (this chapter DID make me cry!)
This section was about loving yourself, and growing stronger.
THIS is where the book starts to get a lighter feel and like all three other sections, was POWERFUL (I can't say that enough D:<)
This final part of the book was one of the most POWERFUL (I said it again) endings ever. The first two parts are sadness and grief, bullying and hurt, The Queen is about growing stronger and healing, but YOU is all about the reader. You is a message to treat people better, to know your worth and love yourself, to care more and to not let anyone treat you like your garbage.
Fable's Final Thoughts:
THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE was a very great poetry book, I think EVERYONE should read it, including you so here, go to Amazon and read it now. Share it with your friends and family and that random stranger at Starbucks.
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
This book isn’t something you are going to enjoy. No. This is a book that unwinds you, tears you, rips you apart and leaves you open to pain—to your own and to hers. This is a masterpiece, delicately and expertly written that will hit you hard with painful emotions and self-reflection. I highly highly highly recommend this book for in it you will experience a catharsis. However, this collection deals with abuse and loss so it is not for the faint of heart.
I knew I was going to love and hate this book, not by the first page, but by the dedication. I haven’t even started the book at the paint and it was already clear that this book would be an emotional rollercoaster and make me remember things about my past that I would much rather forget.
"for the boy who lived.
thank you for inspiring me to be
the girl who survived.
you may have a lightning bolt
to show for it
but my body is a
I knew from this dedication that Amanda Lovelace was two things: a wordsmith & a fighter. Which from my experience one hell of a combination. This collection took me longer to read than I originally thought. Not because it was boring to read, quite the opposite. I soaked up her words like a sponge. I had to read each page several times because each time I read a line I discovered something new about the story and something new about myself.
I usually don’t annotate my books. I am the type of person who keeps her books organized, clean, and in great condition so I avoid writing in books unless absolutely necessary (or in school). However, in the case of this book, I couldn’t not read it without adding little sticky notes that either helps me understand her story or a revelation about mine.
I will be honest, I wasn’t abused the way the narrator was in the book. My family is alive and well and I’ve had a pretty good life so far. I am an only child and still learning about the world and how I play my part. For the most part, I am very different than the person in this book. But the feelings she goes through, the feelings of loss and pain and suffering and loneliness—I’ve experienced all of it and the way she describes it is like a shot in the heart.
To put it simply, I was severely bullied in middle school. But no stories are that simple. Not hers and not mine. I was a transfer student, a shy girl who didn’t speak up much, but an excellent student. I had unknowingly entered a lion’s den. For reasons I could never understand, I was ostracized and ignored and an outcast. My whole grade (which consisted of less than fifty students) collectively decided to make sure I knew that I was not like them. So I spent my three years of middle school being harassed by whispers and rumors.
One time, a girl who sat in front of me switched our names and I ended up with her low score and she ended up with my high grade. That was when I stopped using pencils. Vicious rumors spread like wildfire about my parents and who I was. I never stood up for myself. They made me believe my voice was worthless and that I was worthless. I got death threats in my locker saying that I should kill myself and how the world was better without me. I threw the anonymous letters away and never said a thing.
I turned to reading and books and found myself in fantasy worlds during middle school. I had no friends, no one to turn to or trust. I felt utterly and completely alone. At one point, a boy in my grade faked being friends with me so he could pull a nasty prank and record it and show all of his friends. I was humiliated. I never showed my tears to anyone. All that could comfort me was the words found in fantasy books.
"when i had
i reached inside
& sculpted some
times new roman.
– & it was almost good enough."
The collection is a source of inspiration and a comfort. You are not alone, no matter how alone you feel. That your feelings and experiences… others have them too. And that’s why I highly highly recommend this book. To people who feel as if they have no voice, aren’t being heard, or believe they are worthless. You. Are. Not. Worthless. And this book will teach you and show you and prove to you that you are worth it. You are not alone. And that you can find happiness even if you feel trapped in darkness. She is one story—a story that will undoubtedly inspire you to continue even when you can’t see a light and you feel lost.
What’s more is that her words come to life in a way I have never seen. They dance across the page and you can see the image she is describing as you are reading it. When I read her work, I have a sudden urge to draw (even though I am not that great at it) because the image is right there, clearer than day.
I honestly will say that this is one of those books that you just have to read before you die. Did you like it? Let me know in the comments of any other books that are like this one!