13 December 2018

Review & Blog Tour. Paper Girl

Welcome to the second week of the Paper Girl Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. If you have missed any of the previous tour stops, you can see all the lovely reviews and spotlight posts hereScroll down to read my review on this story of heartbreak, strength and paper universes. Also, don't forget to join the Giveaway (it's US only, sorry guys).

Title: Paper Girl
Author: Cindy R. Wilson
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: December 4th 2018
Pages: 400 pages

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…

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It talks about social anxiety. As someone who is familiar with social anxiety, I enjoyed how it was portrayed in the novel. Zoe would take small steps at the time in her struggle with social anxiety that  resulted in agoraphobia. I loved how she wasn't magically cured from her anxiety.

A strong family bound. Zoe's family was very supportive. Even though some of their reactions to her anxiety and agoraphobia - especially reactions from her older sister - were not the most correct, they were still there for Zoe.

There's a cute fluffy romance. I loved how Zoe and Jackson always had a crush on each other. Although, Jackson's life had been harsh since after his mother passed away (his alcoholic father drove him out of home) he was always there for Zoe. May it be to tutor her (I completely understand Zoe's hate of Physics), help her deal with her social anxiety or to play chess - even if none of them knew who BlackKNIGHT and Rouge2015 were. And, even though Zoe lived in a "bubble", she was there for Jackson too, to help him rebuilt his relationship with his estranged father.

Heartbreak. Life needs more fluffy reads with some crushing heartbreak. And, that's what you find in Paper Girl. Jackson's story is heartbreaking. Zoe's anxiety is heartbreaking (I hated how people made her feel she wasn't living her life and was losing all those great moments. That would only make her feel more anxious). These two go through such an emotional roller coaster, having to confront their past and feelings.There's a moment that all you want is for Zoe and Jackson is to find hope and happiness.

Zoe's paper universe. Imagine a whole universe made of paper with all the planets, moons and stars and even Pluto, everyone's favourite dwarf planet. 💜

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cindy R. Wilson is a YA speculative and contemporary author whose own struggles with anxiety disorder inspired her to write a story with a real-life topic readers can relate to. She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and loves using Colorado towns and cities as settings for her stories. She’s the mother of three girls who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking some of Colorado’s tallest peaks, reading, or listening to playlists she’s created for her next story idea. 

1 comment:

  1. The romance was cute and fluffy and a good way to balance the gravity of both MCs situations, especially Jackson's. I loved him, by the way, and was really happy with the resolution Wilson gave him.