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The Princess Saves Herself in this One

(Women Are Some Kind of Magic #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  39,988 Ratings  ·  5,909 Reviews
"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 serv
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 23rd 2016 by CreateSpace
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Sydney I feel as though you wouldn't be able to relate to the content in these poems until you had dealt with romantic and other heartbreak, so a younger…moreI feel as though you wouldn't be able to relate to the content in these poems until you had dealt with romantic and other heartbreak, so a younger demographic may not appreciate this book.

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Emily May
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry, 2016, feminism

Or maybe it does these days. Between the highly praised Lang Leav and this latest Goodreads Choice finalist, I guess these emo tumblr quotes are the modern version of poetry.

Call me old school, but I kind of expect something more. Some of these sentences are nice, sure, and some of them tickle the inner emo that lives inside us all, the one that occasionally makes us stay up late sobbing over Elliott Smith songs (oh wait, that's just me?) but co
Bookdragon Sean
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-reads, poetry
I love the fact that a snarky “poem” I knocked up in about two minutes has become my most popular review!


but i
write book
so i
poetical review

here goes

this book
not poetry
this review
i have just
enter key
some reason
like it
and call
when really
no art
skill involved

a chimp
do it
i have not even
clever with words
or their

but i
randomly use
italics and put
some words in
Gillian Berry

Okay. Yeah. That was....well, not my favorite ever thing. I feel like I just read my middle school AIM away messages or 200 pages of emo Myspace updates. I need to go listen to some Dashboard Confessional STAT.

I love the idea. I love the sentiments and the lessons, and CERTAINLY the feminist ideas at work here. If I saw any of the platitudes expressed in the "you" section on Tumblr, I'd happily reblog them. I definitely appreciate the raw emotions that very clearly went into the writing of them,
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"when i had
no friends
i reached inside
my beloved
& sculpted some
out of
12 pt
times new roman

-& it was almost good enough"

I've been eyeing this book for quite a while now. I saw it on GR and Instagram and tumblr - so often, that I finally made the decision to buy it. I should give myself a high five for that. It only took one single page (the dedication) for me, an undying Potterhead, to fall in love with this beautiful collection of poems. So raw, so hurting, so emotional and empowering
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, feminism
The Princess Saves Herself in This One was a fairly emotional read for me. This poetry collection is divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. And there were a lot of parts that really hit home (especially the princess), so much so that I had to put the collection down for a minute and think.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. And I loved and felt everything dee
Nov 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry (I'm actually not sorry) BUT THIS ISN'T POETRY.

WTF is this?

ah, life—
the thing
that happens
to us
while we're off
somewhere else
blowing on
& wishing
ourselves into
the pages of
our favorite
fairy tales.


I shit you the fuck not.

“Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans.”

These are tumblr quotes. This book should never have been published, OR, if it was going to be published, should have been a photo album lik
Cait • A Page with a View
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I've seen a lot of reviews debating whether this is poetry or "tumblr spacing" but I think that's ignoring the main point of how powerful some of these poems really are. Amanda completely put herself out there in a totally vulnerable way and the result is a really raw, emotional collection of important insights that will be COMPLETELY relatable to so many young women!
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an empowering collection of poems. It was brutal, honest and deeply personal.
Sara M. Abudahab
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Whitney Atkinson
“the pain
did not
make me
a better person.
it did not
teach me not to
take anything
for granted.
it did not
teach me anything
except how
to be afraid
to love anyone.”


TW: Abuse, self harm, eating disorders, suicide

I was expecting I would never read this, and if I did, I really wouldn’t like it. In my head, it fell under the same category as Milk and Honey, which I really, really did not enjoy because to me it lacked a lot of depth, creative writing, and—well, poeticness. I started this hesitantly, but I
Claudia Ramírez
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
2,5 stars.

Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

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i didn't realize

that poetry could be achieved

by hitting the enter key &

then breaking up a sentence




who knew that all this time

my english teachers were wrong?

- go to hell, robert frost


So this is going to be a tricky review to write, because opinions have really diverged on this book. Looking through the reviews of THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, you immediately see that some people adored this book and others found i
Jun 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-liked
I want to review this honestly and go into the details about why I do not like this book of poetry. Every time I do though, I get attacked by random people who seem to have a fascination in seeing me die in random, and unimaginative, ways. Therefore, under duress:
This book of poetry changed me. It is utterly 'brilliant' and 'should' be read by everyone. The way the author puts this piece of 'amazing' literature together is done 'incredibly' well. I 'love' how the poems flow and are in no way st
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Still loved it the second time around.
I have no words. This was unbelievable. I'll write a proper review once my heart settles down.
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I wish I could give this 5 stars. But hitting Enter after each word (or Space after each letter) does not make for poetry. It simply doesn't.

Other than that, I love The Princess Saves Herself in this One! Amanda, I understand your feelings completely. I know all about the sugar and the salt. My fingers were never slender enough. Nor were my ankles. Then I was too skinny. Then I became too fat. I was always told when getting a bad grade that I would never even get a job at sweeping floors. Then I
Elise (TheBookishActress)
that is what abuse is:
knowing you are
going to get salt
but still hoping for sugar
for nineteen years.

And so began my journey of love with this collection.

You'll notice I didn't use the beginning quote. Well, I didn't love this from the very beginning. Towards the beginning, I found the formatting slightly annoying. Some poems were fantastic and new and interesting, but some almost made me snort from their cheesiness. At times I feel Amanda Lovelace got so caught up in sounding profound she forg
may ❀

I did not
intend to read
this book
I did
I fell in love

So. . . I’m not usually into poetry. Yes, I’ve always found it quite intriguing and fantastical how a few short rightly placed words could hold such powerful and deep message. How a few short rightly placed words can create a world and a galaxy and a universe of unlimited possibilities. How a few short rightly placed words can evoke emotions of sadness, love, anger, or happiness.

But I decided to give this book of poetry and try
Lily ☁️
3 1/2 stars

The dedication. :’)

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
lightning storm.

I’ve seen many people write The Princess Saves Herself in this One off as not being “real” poetry, or “Tumblr Poetry” (used as a derogatory term)—but as someone who’s extremely critical when it comes to reading material, I actually liked it, and I’m surprised that it hasn’t quite reached the critical acclaim Rupi K
Georgia Meadows
Oct 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Let me start by saying if there was a 0 star review this collection would have gotten it. Honestly feel like I've been robbed, and rarely do I have that feeling. Moral of the story, don't buy a book based on the title and Goodreads review alone, research into its content first. Here's a list of reasons why I am doing you a favour if you don't buy this book:
1. If you thought you were getting a modern Sexton or Carter, based on the idea of modernised, feminist fairytale retellings you are sorely
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
I told myself that I would read this poetry book very slowly, even if it meant reading only one poem a day, a week, or however long in order for me to take the time to fully appreciate the words. Obviously that didn't happen when I finished it no more than 20 minutes later from starting it. XD It wasn't a very long poetry book to begin with but I didn't expect to devour The Princess Saves Herself in this One in less than 30 mins! :P

I was just instantly hooked and couldn't put it down. Some of th
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
"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 picked up this book immediately on my Kindle app after reading the lovely Mayflower's review.

I really enjoyed this!

I adored the use of imagery, especially the idea of slaying the "dragons" in your life that do not serve your self-interest.

I also very much appreciated the clarification on what qualifies as abuse. As someone who endured an emotionally abus
This is a deeply personal set of poetry that all tells a story. It was moving to read someone's story with a heart so open.

I found these 2 poems meaningful to me:
1 You were sent down from the stars exactly the way you were supposed to be- the way you would love, the way you would lust, & the way you would find your wings-- & no one should have been given the power to take that away from you.

2 The only thing required to be a woman is to identify as one.

She has four section and each poem
This book wasn't for me. I just didn't find the poems that profound or that good. However they were extremely honest and personal and that's what I did like about them. While I was reading this, I just kept thinking "what makes this poetry?". I don't mean to sound horrible but I just don't see how a lot of these poems are actually considered to be poems. I also felt like I had read so many of them before. It felt sort of like deja vu, not only with an individual theme but also with how they were ...more
I'm not criticizing, belittling or making fun of what the author has gone through by any means, it's just pure personal opinion of a book whose title I found to be intriguing.

I only read this book because it won the Goodreads award for Poetry, and honestly I wanted to know why, and I somehow couldn't find the reason, maybe it's me.

I'm gonna make this review as simple as the poems.

So, why two stars?

1. The poems were very personal that I actually felt uncomfortable, and this is not how you shoul
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. - she never needed those wings

What a beautiful book holding beautiful and powerful words. Some I could relate to and hit close to home. Truly beautiful.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I've have ratings less than 3 in GR.
I dont express much in my review !
It was just like that.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
To be perfectly honest, I only checked out this poetry collection because it won the Goodreads Choice awards (although the title it pretty great as well!). And I think I might be too old for this book. I am fairly sure I would have loved this collection of auto-biographical poems at 15. I might have actually needed this collection then but didn't have it. Amanda Lovelace speaks to my inner teenager in a way that makes me appreciate her poems, even if I find myself slightly confused by them now. ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads, kindle
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again*

- 1.5 stars -

For me this felt more like creative writing than poetry. The author wrote like t h i s and this and

But, jokes and personal preferences aside, what she said in this collection didn't feel so original.
I want to be clear from the start: I'm not criticizing what the author went through or what she felt during those times in her life. What she felt was valid and real; I'm
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Princess Saves Herself in this One

So let me begin by saying that poetry is not for me. I have read poetry as a student both at school and university. I am not into it no matter how hard I try. I read this one in a terminal while waiting for my flight to arrive. Due to lack of free time, I have learnt to read quite fast so I read this one pretty fast, too. Perhaps a mistake. Personally, I was left with emotions of misery and nothing more.

First of all, The Princess Saves Herself In This One co
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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 jers ...more

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“ah, life—
the thing
that happens
to us
while we’re off
somewhere else
blowing on
& wishing
ourselves into
the pages of
our favorite
fairy tales.”
“repeat after me:
you owe
no one
your forgiveness.

- except maybe yourself.”
More quotes…