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The Princess Saves Herself in This One

(Women Are Some Kind of Magic #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  117,668 ratings  ·  11,695 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 serves as a note
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 dem…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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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,
Emily May
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, poetry

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
Sean Barrs
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry, 1-star-reads

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

i am also
capital letters

though really
i have
bashed enter
and sold
as poetry

Kai Spellmeier
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
"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, that's
( ͡❛ _⦣ ͡❛)
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 like Ki
Charlotte May
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Sorry, but these poems were just not my cup of tea at all. I appreciate that the author has been through A LOT and I am proud of her for being brave enough to share her words. But unfortunately I couldn’t connect to her writing, I didn’t feel any kind of emotions from reading. I’m sure there are loads of young teens who will relate to these poems, but for me; I’m past the age where writing like this would affect me.
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 deeply.

Here are
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an empowering collection of poems. It was brutal, honest and deeply personal.
Sara Dahaabović
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
A Rupi Kaur-esque "poetry" collection with a good theme but a bad execution.

Or should I say...

a rupi kaur
g o o d
b a d

- an ode to tumblr emo girls and the enter key

This is a collection of reflections on the author's experience with emotional abuse and heartbreak. Some poems were very lyrical and made me think, while some were... uh...

i spent
my dreams
my teeth
out of

- what does dream dictionary say?

It reminded me very much of Mil
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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 it
Cardan Greenbriar
look like
Amanda Lovelace

now i'm gonna write hundreds of pages of award winning inspirational poems!!!

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
demi. ♡
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
❥ 4 / 5 stars

silence has always been my loudest scream.

Kinda true.


- society is.

Also true.

just because
they don’t
hit you
doesn’t mean it

wouldn’t you
think it
a crime
to look up
the night sky
& tell
the stars
that they have
no sparkle?  

guess what?
you shine
than all the
there has
ever been
or ever
will be.  

- emotional abuse is still abuse.

Dang! It’s absolutely true!

The Princess Saves Herself in This One (#1) : review
The Witch Doesn'
Elle (ellexamines)
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 fo
I love poetry! However, I think that my love for poetry froze at the end of the nineteenth century. I'm not a fan of the poetry from the twentieth century and if this is how poetry looks in the twenty-first century than no, thank you very much.

I'm not going to say this is not poetry though my personal opinion might be different. (If you gave me one page from this and asked me if it was poetry, I would say a hard NO. But, as the author says:

a) poetry is ____________.
- anything you want it to b
Drcong O '


Mary Books and Cookies
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.
♛ 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
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
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 (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
destiny ♡ howling libraries
#1: The Princess Saves Herself in this One ★★★★☆
#2: The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One ★★★☆☆
#3: The Mermaid's Voice Returns in this One ★★★★☆

once upon
a time,
the princess
rose from the ashes
her dragon lovers
made of her
queen of

Amanda Lovelace is another poet whose work I've admired from afar for a while thanks to the internet, but I've never actually read her work in collected form until now. Though this collection wasn't published until 2016, I felt like i
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 tells a
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 sho
Kayla Dawn
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was kind of the same book as milk and honey
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
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.
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Amanda Lovelace is a bestselling American poet who rose to fame through her poetry posted to Tumblr and Instagram. She is the author of the women are some kind of magic series, including the Goodreads Choice Award-winning the princess saves herself in this one and women are some kind of magic.

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“repeat after me:
you owe
no one
your forgiveness.

- except maybe yourself.”
“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.”
More quotes…