Despite having a ‘To Do’ list a mile long, I’ve decided I need some TLC, so of course I started a new book!
After finishing One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Click link for review), I got a taste for YA again. However, I didn’t feel like anything too niche-y if that makes sense. I wanted something with substance and a contemporary feel, which brings me to Paper Girl, by Cindy R. Wilson.
Paper Girl (Release Date: December 4th, 2018)
I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.
Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…
First of all, the cover and title immediately grabbed my attention when I was perusing options in the Kobo store. Look at it! Isn’t striking? It was also reasonably price with an appealing synopsis. No brainer!
I’m only a third of the way in, but I’m really enjoying it. I like this author’s writing style and her MC Zoe is truly interesting, and not just because of her debilitating anxiety. Though she doesn’t believe it, she still has a strong voice, and a lot to offer. I’m rooting for her to get well and achieve her goals. Like her, I have anxiety, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It’s not the same and I can still live my life, but I can empathize on a very deep, and personal level, which has enriched my reading experience. If you have ever suffered from anxiety, you can really appreciate her plight, and her strength.
As this is a YA book, there are also the regular, everyday things a teen goes through. Issues not just for Zoe, but also for the other characters as well, and I am enthralled with their stories.
So far, I’m enjoying this one quite a bit, and I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Have any of you read this book?