the princess saves herself in this one is a poetry collection from Amanda Lovelace, who tells about her own experiences with love, loss, grief, healing and violations. Although it deals with topics such as death, anorexia, abuse, suicide, self-harm, alcoholism, sexual assault and so much more, it´s overall a positive poetry collection which shows you that you have the strength to choose the life you want and that you are good enough.
„there are no dragons. there is simply a girl faced with the difficult task of learning to believe in herself."
The poems are not traditional type of poetry, they are modern, simple and direct - and I love them! Most of all because I can relate to so many of them, because I somehow know those feelings or have been through same or similiar situations. This - of course - made those poems so much more relatable to me and so much stronger and more emotional. Some pages only have a snippet, or a fragment - only few words, but they are enough to show what the author was thinking and what she want to say with them.
„silence has always been my loudest scream."
The book is parted in four sections: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. And they all tell a different kind of story: her relationship with her mother and her sister, battling with an eathing diorder, self-harm, her first kiss and sexual assault, death, self love and encouragement - by reading those poems you just have to admire the bravery and courage of the young author. The poetry collection takes you on an emotional roller coaster with highs and lows, tears and laughs, hate and love. This book is without doubt my reading highlight for a very long time!
„but your failures are just what happened - they don´t have to be who you are."
While reading you fall in love with the poems, with the author - and with yourself. And this is so important and so powerful! We are not defined by our failures but how we overcome and rise up from them. And I want to thank Amanda Lovelace for her strength and courage to share her thoughts and her story with us. I always did try to overcome difficult situations by writing poems about it - even when I was very young - so I know the feelings, poetry can release and how it can help - not only by writing it, but also by reading it. And this poetry collection helped me a lot! It was like Amanda was somehow writing right out of my heart and thoughts and probably this is why I loved this book so much and why I shed so many tears while reading it. I love it.
I can´t say anything else than: I love it, I love it, I love it! This modern poetry collection touches deeply and makes you cry, and love, and laugh and hope and won´t let you go so easily. My reading highlight!