The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

this is not a fairy tale.
there is no princess.
there is no damsel.
there is no queen
there is no tower.
there are no dragons.
there is simply a girl
faced with the difficult task
of learning to believe in
— Amanda Lovelace

I stumbled upon this book while leisurely browsing the bookstore. After reading a few lines, it grabbed my by the heart and within two hours from first glance, I had bought and read the entire book.  If you are a writer/poet/lover of books, you will appreciate the high that comes with finding a special book.  

Why hadn't I heard of this beautiful author?  I felt like I had been missing out on something special.  According to her bio, she grew up a word devourer and an avid fairy tale lover and now lives with her husband and moody cat, surrounded by books.  This has to be my writing soulmate.  But back to the book.  It is a life story told through poetry.  It is gut-wrenching, heartwarming, sad, inspiring and brutally honest.  It takes you on the author's journey through way too many losses and you are with her, feeling her pain every minute of it.  Her relationship with her mother and her struggle to process and survive childhood abuse are the major themes in her story. 

Poetry books don't get the credit that they deserve.  Ms. Lovelace initially self-published this book.  The version that I read was the Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition.  Thankfully, it is now wildly popular and she is getting well-deserved recognition.  

The Princess Saves Herself in This One, is a book that we should all celebrate.  It should definitely be in the hands of every woman. It is the first book in the "women are some kind of magic series." It is magical indeed.