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"What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?" Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, “things that h(a)unt.” In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the ete "What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?" Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, “things that h(a)unt.” In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the eternal question: Can you heal once you’ve been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?


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"What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?" Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, “things that h(a)unt.” In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the ete "What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?" Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, “things that h(a)unt.” In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the eternal question: Can you heal once you’ve been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?

30 review for To Make Monsters Out of Girls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cyrus Parker

    I first read this when Amanda published it on Wattpad a couple of years ago as a thank you to her readers for supporting her debut, the princess saves herself in this one, and even then, I knew this was something special. Now, it has been revised, expanded upon, and given a new life with accompanying artwork, and I'm so very excited to see it put back out in the world. This is definitely a contender for my personal favorite Amanda Lovelace book, and I can't wait to see how she follows it up!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liv (Stories For Coffee)

    ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 STARS If you’re going through a break up or have been through one, you must read this collection of poetry. This collection has the power to help people heal from the wounds others have caused, and it also can nudge others to stand up for themselves when they are treated wrongly. I’m so proud of Amanda for speaking out about her past and her relationships, and I know it will help people feel seen in ways they have never felt before.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    3.5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rian *fire and blood*

    The pain, the agony, they’re all there, on each page, ready to be read, by the right person. You. Read when you’re ready to move on. Read when you’re ready to accept you’re toxic too. Read when you need to know you’re not alone. Thank you again Amanda.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    This book reminded me of a person that I know and how she felt and dealt with a man she was in an unhealthy relationship with. There is no way to rate or judge someone's life and what they went through but I was glad I got to read the emotions that went into the words in this book. This book is a poetry book about growing past an unhealthy relationship and moving on, finding yourself again. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You may not be in this situation but you will know someone who e This book reminded me of a person that I know and how she felt and dealt with a man she was in an unhealthy relationship with. There is no way to rate or judge someone's life and what they went through but I was glad I got to read the emotions that went into the words in this book. This book is a poetry book about growing past an unhealthy relationship and moving on, finding yourself again. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You may not be in this situation but you will know someone who either is or has been.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gelisvb

    Amanda, please, stop milking the dead cow! This is the third book and I am starting to feel bad for your husband. Can you please start talking about how the princess saved herself and moved on for good? Because it does feel like the princess keeps talking about self awareness but made the new prince do all the heavy lifting while she thinks about her ex. Dear girl, please stop waiting for men to make you happy and change therapist. By this point I would be interested more in your grocery shopping t Amanda, please, stop milking the dead cow! This is the third book and I am starting to feel bad for your husband. Can you please start talking about how the princess saved herself and moved on for good? Because it does feel like the princess keeps talking about self awareness but made the new prince do all the heavy lifting while she thinks about her ex. Dear girl, please stop waiting for men to make you happy and change therapist. By this point I would be interested more in your grocery shopping than your ex boyfriend, MOVE ON!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bonne

    A powerful and moving poem. 5/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ekene

    9/24/18: So I reread the collection and took my time with it, finding that I enjoy it more than I did the first time around. However I still wished there was more. The title, To Make Monsters Out of Girls, made me think it would be a twisted fairytale. Like Red Riding Hood being taken in by the Big Bad Wolf and seeing her grow from a frail, delicate girl into a fierce huntress with claws and teeth. But it was still good. Original review-9/18/18 Am I the only person who has to think carefully inste 9/24/18: So I reread the collection and took my time with it, finding that I enjoy it more than I did the first time around. However I still wished there was more. The title, To Make Monsters Out of Girls, made me think it would be a twisted fairytale. Like Red Riding Hood being taken in by the Big Bad Wolf and seeing her grow from a frail, delicate girl into a fierce huntress with claws and teeth. But it was still good. Original review-9/18/18 Am I the only person who has to think carefully instead of immediately slapping on an automatic 5-stars for the newest work done by your favs? I had to think carefully. I love Amanda Lovelace. She is one of my favorite modern poets, and considering the fact I usually don't care much for poetry, that says plenty but I love hers. But this one....I feel like I was so enchanted and in love with the 1st book, I will forever be comparing every book afterwards to this one. I love this concept she had. Monsters, twisted love, how twisted love turns girls into monstrous things. Only the concept I had envisioned was much different than the one she wrote. I still enjoyed the collection. There were some I didn't really care for or felt undone, but most of them I did like. And then there were some I was so taken back (in the best way). But I wished there was more. Like we saw more darkness with the monster girl. See her teeth grow into fangs, her nails into claws

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jelena Milenković

    sometimes no closure tells us more than the closure ever could. - some people were never worth your words. I can relate

  10. 5 out of 5

    Azbaqiyah

    Plot - 🌟🌟🌟 Character - 🌟🌟🌟 World Building - 🌟🌟🌟 Writing Style - 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Cover - 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Art - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Overall Rating - 3.7 🌟 / 5 🌟

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hizatul Akmah

    i.... failed to relate with this one. maybe it's just me though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Ciarcz

    I think this just became my favorite poetry collection by Amanda. Her writing has been extremely important to me, ever since she self-published Princess! This one just really, really spoke to me though. It was raw and hard-hitting. I felt each and every word hit me. There isn't much more I can say about her writing that I haven't already said in my reviews of her other poetry collections. Just go read them- all of them. You won't regret it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andreea Diana

    a very beautiful book about healing 💕

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lesseth Monteith

    This just wasn’t for me 🤷🏻♀ This just wasn’t for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

  15. 4 out of 5

    Luna Margo Valentine

    as usual like all of amanda lovelace's work this book was fantastic. worth the wait and worth the read. (team jess!!!). so beautiful and so deep and so dark and so enlightening and so riveting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clinton Read

    Amanda just has a way with words that just simply hit home in a way I don't think anyone, but her would truly understand. She truly captures the feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, and depression better then anyone I have ever seen. I def want everything she has ever/ will ever write! I love her!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Butler

    A collection of beautiful, raw poems that cover the themes of toxicity (of the self and others) and the healing that comes after. The author’s personal experiences are wonderfully intertwined with metaphors of various fairytale monsters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    The last section is so uplifting, raw and beautiful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Gillespie

    “Darling, you are worthy.” This is Amanda’s newest poetry collection, and I swear her writing just keeps getting better. This book is about moving on from unhealthy relationships and healing. Her words are beautiful and so powerful. I think this is my favourite if her books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    “... & this/ this is how/ i will finally bury you. - it’s much too late to repent, sweetheart” Amanda Lovelace is a gift and I love every word she writes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    jenice

    bad

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elen

    *3.5

  23. 4 out of 5

    katyjanereads

    1. I think I'm just sick of the subject matter, but if I was going through a breakup, I would relate better. Also, I know what I'm getting into when I read Amanda Lovelace, so I guess it's my own fault. 2. I think all the blame is always put on the other party instead of rising up and doing something about it. 3. I did like the size of the book and the illustrations and color scheme. 4. Poems I did like: I loved this poem because, yes, Tuck Everlasting sucked for this reason. "little lovesick me wa 1. I think I'm just sick of the subject matter, but if I was going through a breakup, I would relate better. Also, I know what I'm getting into when I read Amanda Lovelace, so I guess it's my own fault. 2. I think all the blame is always put on the other party instead of rising up and doing something about it. 3. I did like the size of the book and the illustrations and color scheme. 4. Poems I did like: I loved this poem because, yes, Tuck Everlasting sucked for this reason. "little lovesick me watched tuck everlasting on a merry-go-round loop & i could never get past the 'why'- why why why why why why did winnie refuse to drink from the eternal spring that would allow her to go on endless adventures alongside her beloved jesse?..." I liked this one because it had nature themes: "on the days you decide you were still in this with me, ancient trees leaned in to my touch; will-o'-the-wisps swarmed around me; butterflies made nests in my hair; falling stars tangled in my eyelashes; nectar oozed from my fingertips; & even oceans feared the multitudes in me. -moon made up of honey." I just thought this poem was sad and beautiful: "I can't decide who it is i'm more frightened of- you, or the person I've let myself become since knowing you. that little girl used to wake up at dawn because she saw each day as an adventure awaiting her? the little girl who used to chase invisible faeries around the garden with her grass-stained feet? the little girl who saw magic in mundane things like mismatched teaspoons & broken clocks?..." Again, I like this because of the nature themes: "my new love- he's got a green thumb. where you neglected me & let the weeds overtake, he's always so very nurturing. & you'll never guess what- he made for damn sure he repotted ne where i could stretch towards the light & finally outgrow you. -my new love is here to ruin your day." This made me smile: "that girl is mine." the monster-boy growled. "that's where you're wrong, that girl belongs to the coffee shops & the bookstores & the treetops-but mostly she just belongs to herself." he said, unafraid. -thank you My husband can't swim that well so I related to this one: "he told me he never learned how to swim; i told him it was okay because i did. -i will carry him across the treacherous seas." I read, obviously, so I loved this one: "didn't anyone ever warn you not to try to trick a girl who reads? she's already seen everything." I read The Yellow Wallpaper to my students so this poem made me squeal for reference sake: "I won't let you shut me inside an inescapable yellow room. i won't let you force me to become the keeper of a secret journal hidden underneath a thin mattress. i won't let you tell everyone i'm just a hysterical woman who clung to every word you said & warped them to convince people to join her in a manhunt. this story doesn't end with my silence. this story ends with the yell of every victim who's ever felt hands come behind them to cover their mouth just as the truth started to leak out."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Madisen Kuhn

    'to make monsters out of girls' is a darkly whimsical narrative of a person who, despite past abuse, is able to cultivate a self-love that blooms and welcome in a romantic-love that nurtures. she learns that there is intimacy in the world that heals instead of destroys, and conveys the importance of portraying mistreatment candidly so that others are validated in their own, messy chronicles.  it’s so easy to look back at chapters of our lives and tell them with the hindsight bias we have now. i a 'to make monsters out of girls' is a darkly whimsical narrative of a person who, despite past abuse, is able to cultivate a self-love that blooms and welcome in a romantic-love that nurtures. she learns that there is intimacy in the world that heals instead of destroys, and conveys the importance of portraying mistreatment candidly so that others are validated in their own, messy chronicles.  it’s so easy to look back at chapters of our lives and tell them with the hindsight bias we have now. i appreciate the way amanda thoughtfully inspects the monstrous relationship and acknowledges her own faults while still holding the abuser completely accountable. no one is perfect. but no one deserves cruel manipulation disguised as love. my favorite pieces/quotes: "that girl belongs to the coffee shops & the bookstores & the treetops— but mostly she just belongs to herself"  "i can’t tell the difference between you & the dead of winter. - at least winter makes way for spring." "in the spring, the thawing began. with a hand clutched to my chest, i stumbled down that overgrown path, dug through the softened dirt, & took that beatless thing back into my hands. i leaned in & whispered to it, “please don’t give up. not yet. there’s still someone you should be beating for—me.” somewhere in that darkness, the faintest sparkle of light bloomed." "my new love— he’s got a green thumb. where you neglected me & let the weeds overtake, he’s always so very nurturing. & you’ll never guess what— he made for damn sure he repotted me where i could stretch towards the light & finally outgrow you." the vulnerability + honesty in this collection inspires me. amanda's brutal, unapologetic poetry makes me want to harness my own power and boldly declare my strength + my truth. i will be waiting impatiently until march for 'the mermaid's voice returns in this one'

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kyra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rating: 4.5 stars This time, I was a little let down by Amanda's poems in this collection. Mind you I'll give her credit for publishing her poems that were once on Wattpad, so it's understandable if I don't like her older stuff. One of my favourite sections was sun-heart, where she basically talks about her husband Cyrus Parker pulling her out of a dark place created from a previous bad relationship. Regardless, I'll always read Amanda's books, I just prefer her other series to this one so far.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    4.5* , this wasn’t as moving for me as some of her other books. But something tells me that I’m the future I will need this book and it will perhaps help me save myself (just a prediction). Amanda is so talented and even tho like I said, this didn’t move me the same as her other works I can still recognize she’s so so so talented and this was another piece of her heart, soul and past put into a book ❤ 4.5* , this wasn’t as moving for me as some of her other books. But something tells me that I’m the future I will need this book and it will perhaps help me save myself (just a prediction). Amanda is so talented and even tho like I said, this didn’t move me the same as her other works I can still recognize she’s so so so talented and this was another piece of her heart, soul and past put into a book ❤️

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Amanda’s work is an automatic buy for me! I read this in one sitting, It’s AMAZING! I cried with parts that are extremely relatable to my experiences, just like Ive done with her other books as well! It helped me think about the fact that I’m not the only one that has gone thru certain situations... the words of encouragement and the resilience is captivating.. I absolutely loved the artwork! thank you for this. I look forward to your next book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Princess de Veyra

    Finished this in 20 minutes and I was like “what? That’s it?”. ☹☹☹ After reading Amanda Lovelace’s Women Are Some Kind of Magic series a couple of months back I was pretty excited for this one to be released because I really loved the previous books buuuuut I’m sorry this book sucks in comparison. Huhu. Anyway, if you want to read good poetry I recommend Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Olivia Gatwood. I would also say Rupi Kaur but everyone already knows Rupi Kaur is good. 🤷🏻♀ Finished this in 20 minutes and I was like “what? That’s it?”. ☹️☹️☹️ After reading Amanda Lovelace’s Women Are Some Kind of Magic series a couple of months back I was pretty excited for this one to be released because I really loved the previous books buuuuut I’m sorry this book sucks in comparison. Huhu. Anyway, if you want to read good poetry I recommend Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Olivia Gatwood. I would also say Rupi Kaur but everyone already knows Rupi Kaur is good. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carry On, Isabel

    3.5 "that girl is mine," the monster-boy growled. "that's where you're wrong. that girl belongs to the coffee shops & the bookstores & the treetops-but mostly she just belongs to herself," he said, unafraid. - thank you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I enjoyed this one, just not as much as Princess and Witch. The writing, as always, was phenomenal, and it was a very emotional read, even for someone who has never experienced relationship abuse. The illustrations added nicely to the story, and I am looking forward to the next one!

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