Title: The Princess Saves Herself In This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Release Date: 23rd April 2016
“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.
When it was suggested that my first review be about a book in verse that won the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2016, The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace, I might have bitten off more than my literary mind could chew.
Poetry is such a raw recapping of one’s most inner thoughts and makes it very difficult to review, because your emotions and experiences in life are often the deciding factor in whether you like it or not.
Amanda’s anthology is an easy read, a 45 minute cup of tea book that will probably have you re-reading it once you’ve worked through the emotions it may or may not have invoked.
Lovelace mockingly tells her story in the format of a fairy tale, dividing her book into 4 parts, The Princess, The Damsel, The Queen and You. The first three parts takes you through a journey, a retelling of a life that has seen abuse, endured body shaming, betrayal and love and more importantly death. By overcoming these moments of truth, as dark and as overwhelming as it might have been, there was a constant undertone of perseverance and strength.
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 felt that there were times where her anger and depression reverberated off the pages and it made me feel uncomfortable. Not because it’s inauthentic or unwarranted, but because these very thoughts are so real; so… “I know what you mean”. I didn’t want to admit that my mind was once in that very same place.
i would like to look into a mirror without immediately looking away.
– healing is ongoing II
There were absolutely true and very relatable moments.
However, “You” didn’t speak to me as much. It might have been a ode to all humankind- or to no one in particular, but these ramblings were lacking of the emotion I had become accustomed to and merely left me going, “ah- that’s interesting” or “Preach!” rather than the emotional dialog I experienced to in parts 1 – 3.
The authors appeal (to me) is her realness. As a lover of words, I feel compelled to push emotion in every line, to lace every verse in milk and honey (see what I did there?). She sometimes leaves us to finish her thoughts with our own. To let simple be. It’s refreshing.
The Princess Saves Herself In This One is for the person who grew up feeling less than, for those still angry at death, for you, who needs to told that you don’t need someone to save you, you can do it yourself. For the woman finding herself, her calling and being told it’s okay not to have one right now.
This is one is for the feminist. The true feminist. Not the hate speaking version society wants her to be.
For HP fans, Lovelace’s dedication will automatically align you to her – love or hate the book – you will have unquestionable loyalty. (That’s how it works right?)
All in all, it’s a great read.