{the princess saves herself in this one – Mini Review}

Hi guys! I have not read a poetry book since the bad experience I had with Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav in 2015… so I was very skeptical to pick up this book at first; but I kept hearing so many amazing things, that I could not resist!

(Spoiler Alert: I am so THANKFUL for giving this collection a try.)

the princess saves herself in this one

the princess saves herself in this one
by Amanda Lovelace
208 pages
Published: February 14 2017 *
Goodreads rating: 4.13 stars (4,690 Ratings)

My Rating: 3.75 stars (⋆ ⋆ ⋆)

* This book was originally released in April 2016, but this is a review of the new edition to be released next month.

“From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.”

I’ve found reviews bashing this type of poetry, comparing it to “classic” poetry; and I’m not going to talk like these poems are really deep and intellectual… Because it definitely isn’t the same as what those people are comparing it to; but that doesn’t mean that these poems are not meaningful!

This poetry collection is divided into four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. There were poems that got me thinking so much, I had to drop the book for the rest of the day and just think about it. So no, this was not something I could “devour” in one sitting, because it kept me thinking too much.

I’m not talking about how I interpreted the poems; because poetry can mean different things to everyone; but I did enjoy the poems and you could see how the author grows from the “damsel in distress” to an empowered woman/queen.

At times, I found myself reading the same poems multiple times before feeling ready to pass the page. While there are some poems that hit home, regarding family and self-love, my favorite poem was about millennials.

On all my reviews I share my favorite quote, so for this mini-review I will share my favorite poem from the book.

we are the generation
you gave participant
trophies to.

we are the generation
you made wear helmets,
elbow pads, & kneepads.

we are the generation
you gave censored CDs
& PG movies to.

we are the generation
you spent years overprotecting
then threw to the wolves.

now we are the generation
running on nothing but coffee
& three hours of sleep.

we are the generation
working minimum-wage jobs
with college degrees.

we are the generation
making just enough
money to survive.

we are the generation
you didn’t want to see fail
then ensured that we did.

– millenials.

I read the new edition that is coming out in February 2017 and includes new poems!
I obtained an ebook version from NetGalley.

Overall rating: 3.75 stars

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. nicholeqw1023 says:

    I’m not really into poetry either but that does sound like an interesting collection. I’ll put it on my to read list.

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  2. I’ve been wanting to read this for such a long time after I finished Milk and Honey + Amanda is amazing!

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