Review: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

32334098the princess saves herself in this one (women are some kind of magic, #1) by Amanda Lovelace

Published April 23, 2016, by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Non-fiction > Poetry


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.

I really don’t think it’d be right to actually call what I’m writing a review. I don’t have one critical thing to say about this incredibly empowering book of poetry. Everything about it is just so beautiful and full of raw heartfelt emotion.

I read this in one sitting. And I plan to read it over and over again. I was nervous going into reading this because, in all honesty, I’m not a huge fan of poetry. But this collection reads like a story, and it is truly something special.

Amanda Lovelace’s writing has a dark fairytale-like quality to it. It’s truly remarkable how she can get so much emotion across through so few words. The descriptions are magical and deep. Her metaphors and comparisons tugged at my heartstrings.

Part of what struck me was that she is so much like me, like us. She’s a book-loving girl, and I so easily slipped into her shoes while reading her words. This book is an experience like I’ve never felt before, especially from reading poems.

The messages in these works are just as strong as her title. Princesses don’t need saving. This book is all about self-empowerment, self-love, and self-worth. It’s about getting through the hard times, and how to be okay on the flipside. It’s about not being okay, but realizing that’s normal.

I cannot rave enough about this book. I will be recommending it to everyone I know (this is my recommendation to you lovely people — Go, run! Read this book now!), and everyone that I see picking it up in the store and hesitating. Give it to your friends, your mom, your aunts, and grandmas. But not just women, or those that identify as women. Give it to everyone. It deserves to be and should be, read by all of society. At this time more than ever, this book is so relevant and can help so so many people.

So thank you to Amanda Lovelace for having the courage to share her story with the world through her precious words. Your work has touched me in a deep and special way, and it will stay with me long after I read and reread and reread it.


I read this as a part of my #SwiftieBookClub, which everyone is welcome to join in with using the hashtag on The Swift Life app!

9 thoughts on “Review: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

  1. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I do love powerful poems that provoke emotions… I’m having a feeling I will have to make an exception for this one. Great review!

  2. Oh, so lovely to hear you loved this one!
    It’s especially cool to know you don’t like poetry and were still able to enjoy it immensely, because I’m not a fan of it either. I’ve heard both great and bad things about this book so I was skeptical to try it but your review really gave me hope that I might actually like it – and maybe even love it! 🙂
    Amazing, amazing post, Emily ❤

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