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To Make Monsters Out of Girls

(things that h(a)unt #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  764 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
"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
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Cyrus Parker
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Liv (Stories For Coffee)
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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.
Julia Sapphire
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: verse, 2018-releases, 2018
Rian *fire and blood*
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The pain, the agony, they’re all there, on each page, ready to be read, by the right person.


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.
Mortisha Cassavetes
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
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 ...more
Robin Bonne
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A powerful and moving poem. 5/5
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jelena Milenković
no closure
tells us
more than
the closure
- some people were never worth your words.

I can relate
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, poetry
Plot - 🌟🌟🌟
Character - 🌟🌟🌟
World Building - 🌟🌟🌟
Writing Style - 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cover - 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Art - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall Rating - 3.7 🌟 / 5 🌟
Hizatul Akmah
i.... failed to relate with this one. maybe it's just me though.
Jessica Ciarcz
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Andreea Diana
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a very beautiful book about healing 💕
Lesseth Monteith
This just wasn’t for me 🤷🏻♀ ...more
Luna Margo Valentine
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2018, prose
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.
Clinton Read
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-novels
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!
Amanda Butler
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The last section is so uplifting, raw and beautiful.
Stephanie Gillespie
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, contemporary, poetry
“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.
Esra Kara
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
anyone ever
warn you
not to
to trick
a girl
who reads?

Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“... & 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.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Madisen Kuhn
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'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
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2018-reads
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Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ❤ ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Princess de Veyra
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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. 🤷🏻♀ ...more
Carry On, Isabel

"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.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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growing up a word-devourer & avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural that amanda lovelace began writing books of her own, & so she did. when she isn't reading or writing, she can be found waiting for pumpkin spice coffee to come back into season & binge-watching gilmore girls. (before you ask: team jess all the way). the lifelong poetess & storyteller currently lives in new jers ...more

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things that h(a)unt (2 books)
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“there was
no comfort

to be
found in


that once
pulled me

it all.

-you took things i didn't know you could take.
“falling in love
with you

like that


right before

a fatal

-brace for impact.
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