‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’
By Amanda Lovelace
“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.
Like I said when I reviewed ‘Milk and Honey’ By Rupi Kaur, I am not pretending to be someone who ‘gets poetry’ or an authority on it. I just like to share what I enjoy and wow did I really get into ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ By Amanda Loveloace.
I picked up this book after Britt from Brittney the Bibliophile spoke a about it in one of her vlogs. I don’t even thing she had read the book but everything that I read the Britt raves about I love, so why not give it a go. I am so glad I did.
Amanda Lovelace’s love of Harry Potter already had me before I’d even begun really experiencing her writing. Her dedication is to The Boy Who Lived and I was honestly close to tears at that point. Now I cannot pretend that I have had experiences similar to those that Lovelace speaks about in her poetry, especially the difficulties of her childhood, but her writing and use of the princess, the damsel and the queen was something that made her lines resonate with me.
Her specific poem that references Harry Potter is one that really hit home for me, I read that along with some of the others in ‘The Queen’ to my partner and I was almost crying reading them aloud. Something about experiencing them a second time, a loud, made them more real.
Throughout her poetry Lovelace also references her love of books and their help in letting her escape. This is really something that I personally connect with and “The pagebound girl” is a phrase that will resonate with me forever.
I would recommend ‘The Princess Saves Herself in This One’ is a collection I would recommend to anyone, however there are definitely trigger warnings, which Lovelace addresses before even beginning to tell her story.
Ease of reading: 10/10