The Paper & Hearts Society, the debut Young Adult novel from Lucy Powrie, is a huge hug in book form – perfect for book lovers and introverts everywhere.
Meet Tabby, she’s staying with her Gran over the summer holidays. She loves that, but this summer is different – at the end of it she’ll be staying on, as Mum and Dad are moving up too. Gran thinks she really should try and get out, meet new people even try the Zumba class – but to be honest Tabby would much rather curl up on the sofa and tuck into a great book. Only problem is, she’s left her favourite one at home… so she heads to her local library. And that’s where things start to change for Tabby – when an invite to a new book club for teenagers falls out of the library copy of The Bell Jar.
We really sense Tabby’s vulnerability as she finds the inner confidence to meet the group, Powrie conveys this brilliantly. Tabby battles with feelings of social anxiety, she’s really keen to fit in. Why? A past friendship has left her bruised. Very bruised. But, that same past friendship won’t leave her alone, and it threatens to ruin everything she’s built up here.
Join Tabby as she experiences a summer of huge ups and downs as she discovers ‘her tribe’.
As a side note… make sure you’re prepared to finish the book with a wonderfully eclectic TBR pile of delicious books (I’m currently hunting around in the loft for my copy of The Bell Jar!), and a HUGE yearning to embark on a book road-trip!