By Amanda Lovelace

Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Community Rating: 3.94

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: April 23rd, 2016

Format Read: Paperback

Goodreads Summary: “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 to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

My Review

I decided that, given the nature of this book, I’d write this review a little differently than I normally do. Typically i give a breakdown of plot points and characters and things but this isn’t really the type of book for that. Actually, I considered not writing a review at all but I didn’t have any good ideas for this week so now i’m just rambling about not writing reviews rather than actually writing them. anyways.

This book was amazingly powerful. It was written in a series of poems, and i think that made it super way more interesting and powerful than it ever would have if it was just written in prose.  I read the entire thing in one sitting because every time i wanted to stop, there was one more poem that seemed like it would be really beautiful. and it never disappointed.

there were so many amazing messages about loving yourself and taking control of your life and just generally being strong and independent, but it was written in a way that never seemed remotely condescending or preachy (i was a little afraid of that going in). instead, it was honest and real and raw and just felt good.

i would warn that it’s super trigger-y for a wide variety of reasons, including but not limited to suicide, eating disorders, and parental abuse. there is a detailed tw page at the start of the book (which i SO appreciated) and i’m sure someone has done a more comprehensive list somewhere on the internet, so if you think there’s even a chance you’d get triggered by something i’d go find it.

honestly this book has become pretty special to me just because there were so many iconic quotes that gave me chills and made me feel super lucky but also inspired me to want to be better. i’m not really sure what i’m saying i’m just sort of gushing but in a nonsensical way so i’m going to stop this review now!!


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2 Small Side Notes and a Blog Survey

1. as you can probably tell by my absolute mess of a post above, i have very few post ideas and also very little time. that being said, i only have to make it to christmas breakkkkkkk and then i’ll have infinite time to write and blog and i’m hoping i’ll be able to get way ahead then.

so from now until christmas i would love a little help keeping my blog afloat. if anyone wants to write a guest post for the blog please reach out (twitter dms or email) because i’d be super hype!!! and i’d be willing to write a guest post for your blog sometime in january when free time actually exists (or, like, i won’t write for your blog because you’re currently reading this shitshow and are concerned about what i would try to post).

2. Christmas season is almost upon us, at least for us bloggers that are obsessed with christmas and basically all holiday seasons

 I was wondering if anyone had any fun blogmas challenges they wanted to share! also one year i did this blogger secret santa thing where instead of sending gifts we just stalked each other and wrote super nice posts about someone you didn’t really know that well? and i think that was honestly adorable and very in the spirit of christmas so if that’s happening anywhere let me know. or if it’s not i’d potentially be interested in organizing that with some people if there’s interest so hit me up!

3. the blog survey!! please fill it out i’m trying to get better and also figure out what direction i should go with my blog!

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Have you read this book (or any book by Amanda Lovelace) yet? what did you think? do you have any similar book recommendations?