Good morning my loves!
IT’S FRIDAYYYY!! I for one am really glad it’s the weekend. I’ve used 3 whole tanks of petrol this week in work…. it’s certainly been a busy one! Let me know what you have planned this weekend. I have next to nothing planned other than pottering around the house and lots of reading of course!
Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book. It’s like she hasn’t found her people… Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body. But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself… Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?
Now, I must preface this review by saying that I’m not really a huge fan of YA contemporary. There are only a few that have found a way into my heart and stayed there. So, there were lots of things I liked about this book, and just a couple that didn’t float my boat.
One of the things I liked about The Paper & Hearts Society was the myriad of difficult topic that this books broaches. Issues that so many young people face; bullying and bereavement. The theme that runs throughout is that it is okay to be a bookish teenager, one who doesn’t party. What is it that they say? Find your tribe? I feel like this is the kind of tribe I needed when I was Tabby’s age.
I found this one delightful to read and I absolutely flew through it and I found the mental health representation was done pretty well. My favourite aspect was the toxic friendship and the online bullying, which is very topical, current and realistic.
My only major criticism of this book is that there are too many mentions of recently published books and authors, and for me, I’m not sure it would stand the test of time. I would also say that this book would be more suitable for the younger side of YA.
Have you read The Paper & Hearts Society? I’d love to know what you thought about it in the comments below!
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