Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson. This tour is being hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. I’ll be sharing my review and there will be a giveaway.
by Cindy R. Wilson
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release date: December 4th 2018
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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When I saw that Paper Girl was about a teen with terrible anxiety, I knew I had to request it. I’m not as bad as Zoe because I leave my house. But my anxiety and panic attacks do effect my life and prevent me from doing everything I want to do.
Zoe had a panic attack over a year ago at school and hasn’t left the house since. She has therapists that come to her, but no one has really been able to help her. She homeschools while her sister, Mae, still attends their old school. Zoe started creating a paper universe. She does paper art as an escape. She starts seeing a new therapist, Gina, because her goal is to attend Mae’s graduation. Zoe also plays chess online and confides a little bit to a stranger she plays with.
Jackson is a friend of Mae’s. Zoe has had a crush on him for awhile, but she generally avoids all of Zoe’s friends when they’re over. Jackson lost his mom and his dad became addicted to drugs and alcohol. So Jackson started living in his car. He works to pay his insurance and phone bill, but mostly to save for college. He spends a lot of his time at the library where he plays online chess with a girl he can confide in. It’s likely that this is someone that lives far away, so it’s ok to tell her that he has no place to live.
Zoe’s mom hires Jackson to tutor her. Zoe and Jackson start getting closer and they both have feelings for each other. Gina has been giving Zoe little goals to meet. Zoe starts spending time with Mae’s friends when they come over. She goes to get the mail. And she finally leaves the house with help. But she also realizes that she is depending on Jackson for everything and that she needs to make goals to do things by herself in order to become truly independent.
This is a cute love story, but it also deals a lot with mental health and addiction. I really enjoyed reading about Zoe’s steps and how she grew throughout the book. She had lots of setbacks, but she was a strong, determined girl.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for my copy for review.
About the Author:
About the Author
Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She’s the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You’ll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.
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