25 April 2014

Review: Page by Paige

Page by Paige
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Closer to a 4.5.

I participated in NaNoWriMo last November, and completed the thing somehow. 57k words when it was all said and done.

Now the manuscript sits in a tab, waiting to actually be rewritten and looked over, never mind be shopped to agents. Part of that is personal issues, to be sure, but part of it is also, definitely, a crisis of confidence of sorts where I figure people don't care, that it's not any good, and on and on and on.

Page by Paige is, largely, a book about exactly that. A story about a teenage girl who moves from the rural south to New York City, she is also a very good artist but is pretty much frozen in her own insecurities. With the help of an old list from her grandmother and her new friends from school, she slowly finds a way to break out of her shell and be more herself.

The book itself has a great story that also has some gorgeous artwork. The artsy side of the narrative is both fun and frustrating, and that this is probably geared toward teenagers makes me wonder about that calculation, but, on a whole, this was a really excellent, inspiring read, and one that, if you're an artist or know one, should be read.

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