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The Princess Saves Herself in This One

(Women Are Some Kind of Magic #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  76,446 ratings  ·  9,282 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
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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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Emily May
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: feminism, 2016, poetry
hitting
enter
after
every
word
does
not
make
it
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
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Sean Barrs
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry, 1-star-reads
I love the fact that a snarky “poem” I knocked up in about two minutes has become my most popular review!

i
can
write
poetry
too

but i
prefer
to
write book
reviews
so i
have
done
a
poetical review

here goes

this book
is
not poetry
nor
is
this review
poetical
i have just
decided
to
bash
my
enter key
because
for
some reason
people
will
like it
and call
it
poetry
when really
there
is
no art
or
skill involved

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

but i
did
randomly use
italics and put
some words
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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,
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Kai
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"when i had
no friends
i reached inside
my beloved
books
& 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
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( ͡❛ _⦣ ͡❛)
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
dandelions
& wishing
ourselves into
the pages of
our favorite
fairy tales.


THIS IS A FUCKING RIP OFF OF A JOHN LENNON QUOTE.

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
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Nat
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
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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.
Riley
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an empowering collection of poems. It was brutal, honest and deeply personal.
Sara Dahabović
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
scattering
words
on
different
lines
is
not
poetry!
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.”

WOW.

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
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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i didn't realize

that poetry could be achieved

by hitting the enter key &

then breaking up a sentence



with



a



space



who knew that all this time

my english teachers were wrong?

- go to hell, robert frost



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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
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Cardan Greenbriar
roses
are
not-affordable
violets
don't
look like
shoe-lace
this
book
is
FRAUD
so
someone
please
go
Sue
Amanda Lovelace

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

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

silence has always been my loudest scream.

Kinda true.


food
is
not
the
enemy

- society is.

Also true.


just because
they don’t
hit you
doesn’t mean it
isn’t
abuse.  

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

guess what?
you shine
brighter
than all the
starlight
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'
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Laura
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not into poetry the way I used to be when I was much younger, and I was meaning to pick up this book for a while now. I did not know what to expect but I was not prepared for all the emotions this book would bring out of me.

I had dealt with loss and grief in many unhealthy ways, ways I don’t believe I will ever repeat but reading these words about loss, confusion, guilt and rage… it hit home to me. I flew through this book and I read it again afterwards just to feel it again.

It’s a very si
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Mary
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.
MischaS_
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
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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
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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
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may ❀

I did not
intend to read
this book
but
somehow
I did
and
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
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Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤ Vegan & Childfree
♡♥You left, but you stayed.♥♡

☆★Now that I think about it
she always did make sure
I was watching while she pried
the balloon out of my hand
& let it
float away.★☆

★FICTION:
the ocean I dive headfirst into when I can no longer breathe in reality.
- a mermaid escapist.★

When I die, do not waste a minute mourning me.
I may go but I will leave behind all my thousand & one lives.
- ♡♥A BOOKMAD GIRL NEVER DIES.♥♡
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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
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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
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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
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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
&
crowned
herself
the
motherfucking
queen of
herself.

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
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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 abusive
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C.G. Drews
i did really like this one! i found it on a list of suggestions after finishing a Rupi Kaur poetry collection and thought: "yes yes i have always wanted to try her books too". so apparently i read poetry now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ i'm not sad!! it makes me want to write beautiful turns of phrase in my own work.

i do really love the style of this, the freeverse, and how she says "poetry is whatever you want it to be". totally felt that in her lines! and there is so much grief in the first pages, it was pure so
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Calista
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
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Kayla Dawn
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was kind of the same book as milk and honey
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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 jersey with her fian ...more

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

- except maybe yourself.”
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“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.”
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