The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
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?
Trigger warnings: anxiety, bullying, cyberbullying, grief, panic attacks
The Paper and Hearts Society is the bookish novel all teenage bookworms have been waiting for, it’s a sweet and heart-warming story written for readers by an avid reader herself, booktuber Lucy Powrie. This novel is a modern take on forming fast friendships and discovering who you truly are.
The story follows Tabby who after recently moving house, decides to explore the local library where she finds an invitation to join a local book club for teens. (I wish I’d been so lucky when I was a teenager!) Tabby joins not only a book club, but a society of friends dedicated to celebrating all things bookish. For the first time, Tabby feels part of something special, she’s found her people. A literacy themed road trip around England leads to adventures and mishaps, fall outs and reconciliations, a true representation of teenage friendships.
Tabby, Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed represent a diverse group of friends with a love for books and graphic novels. It is evident that the author has dedicated so much time, thought and effort into the development of these charming characters. There’s LGBTQ+ representation amongst these beloved side characters, a f/f couple featuring a demisexual character and a bi/pan character, who I’m sure will feature much heavier in upcoming sequels I particularly enjoyed a thought-provoking discussion from the demisexual character on her sexual identity. The author has also included anxiety rep and mentions of panic attacks which has received a very positive response from readers, it’s described as a very sensitive and accurate representation of anxiety.
Lucy Powrie’s debut novel is the perfect read for any teen bookworm, it features a fabulous book society, name-drops some of the best YA fiction novels and authors around as well as throwing together a brilliant literature loving cast.
The sequel to The Paper and Hearts Society, Read with Pride by Lucy Powrie is out on the 28th of May.
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