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The Princess Saves Herself in This One, Amanda Lovelace

Where do I even start with reviewing this one. It’s honestly hard because I’m not really sure what it is I just read! The Princess Saves Herself in This One is sold as a poetry collection that follows a loose overarching story of a young girl growing up. It’s sorted into four sections, the princess, the damsel, and the queen which follow the girl as she gets older, and then a final section called you, directed at the reader. Now obviously given the one star rating I had a few problems with this one and from the reviews I’ve seen it seems the consensus is very much you either love it or hate it, which I am not surprised about at all!

My main problem was that I struggle to see this as poetry. When I think of poetry I think of beautiful language, of rhythm and melody. Something that sounds pretty when read out loud. And this book was none of those things. The major reason was the formatting and the way the ‘poems’ were written. They may have looked pretty on the page but they were incredible hard to read. In fact, trying to read one out loud sounded stifled and odd with the new lines putting pauses in odd places and making it sound like a robot.

“the princess 
jumped from
the tower
& she
that she
could fly
all along.”

In my opinion this was more a collection of Tumblr quotes that were generic and over-angsty but you might give it a share if it was on a pretty background. Perhaps if the same content was written in a way that was easier to consume or more poetry like I would have found this book a lot different but as a result of the weird formatting, I began reading it like normal prose not paying attention to the grammar just to understand it, and that left me with not much to really appreciate.

Which brings me to my second point. The topics and issues here felt very angsty and childlike. I’m sure this was the kind of stuff I would have loved when I was 16 and loved a cliche metaphor and emo music but as an adult, it felt very lack lustre. Not to say any of the issues mentioned aren’t real, tough, or serious, or that it wasn’t worth saying, some of them were good truths, but these ‘poems’ didn’t really tackle them in any meaningful way or present something new or interesting. The overall result for me was the feeling of reading the diary of an overly-profound teenage girl just vaguely referencing problems. Additionally so many of these ‘poems’ were so generic and also often times very reminiscent of songs. To me it felt so unoriginal, bordering on stolen and just presented nothing new – although in saying that, they have the right length and genericness to be song lyrics.

is a
then i
must have
all of
my armor
at home.”

Lastly, despite the title, I can’t be sure because it was confusing but finding love was one of the major factors of this girl becoming ok. So not really sure how that works out as saving herself but again, very young love vibes that ultimately made me realise I am not the target audience for this book and nor would I recommend it to any adult.

“I am so glad
we were born 
during the same
– I may not believe in fate, but I believe in you.” 

I read this for my Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt “with only words on the cover, no graphics”. You can check out my progress here.

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