Amanda Lovelace’s Goodreads-choice-award-winning poetry collection is a difficult one to avoid. For the past few months it has been all over the internet, being praised and categorized as one of the best reads of 2016. ‘the princess saves herself in this one’ is a very, very emotional collection. Hate or love the writing style, there’s no shying away from the emotions pouring out of every page.
At first, I was a bit hesitant about the writing style; it was too Tumblr-inspired, too focused on the aesthetic, and , to be honest, it felt a bit lazy however authentic. When I got closer to the end of the book, I realized that this way of writing was the only way this book would ever work. Short, emotional sentences, a lyrical flow and words carefully chosen keep you bound to its pages. Again, hate it or love it, you just can’t look away.
This book is personal as well as emotional, with its raw, unsugarcoated, unfiltered version of life striking chords deep inside you. In less than 200 pages, Lovelace manages to include a tale of abuse, love, death, self-discovery and self-love. And it takes a genius to do so, especially in such a poetic and beautiful way.
Make no mistake: this is not an easy read. The emotions, the “events” described in its pages are hard to swallow; we are talking about rage, and self-hatred and loathing, difficult, complicated relationships and journeys, mourning of lost loved ones. The catharsis that comes at the end, however, the self-love and empowerment, are worth every single tear, every single skipped heartbeat.
** A digital copy of this book was provided via Netgalley. The review is in no way sponsored **
*** A version of this review can also be found on my Goodreads account ***