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


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Princess Saves Herself in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #1
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult
Format: Paperback
Length: 156 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: April 23, 2016
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: fairy tales, feminist poetry
Content Warnings: abuse, sexual assault, self-harm, suicide (the book includes a more comprehensive list of trigger warnings)


“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.


This is a case where I wanted to read this book for so long and I heard so many great things about it that I set my expectations a bit too high for this to blow me away, but I still loved it.

I was blown away by the raw honesty of her words and how much emotion she packed such short poems. However, I prefer my confessional poetry a bit more lyrical than this. Lots of poems wowed me, but I found the execution a bit uneven, particularly when it came to the transitions from poem to poem when the subject changed.

Overall, I enjoyed this emotional feminist poetry, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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