The Paper & Hearts Society (The Paper & Hearts Society #1)
A brand new series from Booktuber Lucy Powrie - about what happens when you give up on trying to fit in and let your weird out! It's time to join The Paper & Hearts Society ... 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?Perfect for fans of Holly Smale and Super Awkward.

The Paper & Hearts Society (The Paper & Hearts Society #1) Details

TitleThe Paper & Hearts Society (The Paper & Hearts Society #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 13th, 2019
PublisherHodder Children's Books
ISBN-139781444949230
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

The Paper & Hearts Society (The Paper & Hearts Society #1) Review

  • Lucy Powrie
    January 1, 1970
    This is my book! I wrote a book! It's REAL! The Paper & Hearts Society is the first book in a new series for teenagers (11+) about finding your people, not being afraid to be your true self, and speaking loud and proud about what you're passionate about. It's about being bookish, understanding your mental health, and the effects social media can have on us, and it's the book of my heart.The main character is Tabby, who is fifteen years old and has just moved to a new town in the south of Eng This is my book! I wrote a book! It's REAL! The Paper & Hearts Society is the first book in a new series for teenagers (11+) about finding your people, not being afraid to be your true self, and speaking loud and proud about what you're passionate about. It's about being bookish, understanding your mental health, and the effects social media can have on us, and it's the book of my heart.The main character is Tabby, who is fifteen years old and has just moved to a new town in the south of England, where she knows nobody and has to put up with her Gran, who loves OAP Zumba and using "The Facebook". When Tabby finds a leaflet for a book club run by teenagers at the local library, Gran convinces her to go along, but Tabby isn't sure. What if they don't like her? What if she makes a fool of herself? Plus, she doesn't think she really needs any more friends, not when Jess, a girl from her old school, won't leave her alone.But when she goes along to the first meeting of The Paper & Hearts Society, Tabby is surprised. Because there she meets Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed, four SUPER bookish teenagers who take her under their wing and teach Tabby how to live her best bookish life possible.There's a literary road trip around the UK, to locations like Bath, Stratford Upon Avon and the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, as well as Harry Potter movie marathons and Jane Austen dance parties.You might like The Paper & Hearts Society if you've enjoyed books like Geek Girl by Holly Smale or Super Awkward by Beth Garrod, or if you'd like to read more books about being bookish and geeky like Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl.I really hope you enjoy The Paper & Hearts Society as much as I enjoyed writing it! Happy reading!!
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  • Ruby Granger
    January 1, 1970
    If you follow my reviews, you will know that I am not flippant when it comes to distributing 5-star reviews, but I absolutely LOVED Lucy's first book! The Paper & Hearts Society is just the perfect book for bookworms, and should be read by anyone and everyone who is not (or is) ashamed to be a bit of a book nerd. The characters were complex and well-developed, especially Cassie, and I fell in love with Olivia's charisma and energy & Ed's sense of humour. Tabby's prior experiences with bu If you follow my reviews, you will know that I am not flippant when it comes to distributing 5-star reviews, but I absolutely LOVED Lucy's first book! The Paper & Hearts Society is just the perfect book for bookworms, and should be read by anyone and everyone who is not (or is) ashamed to be a bit of a book nerd. The characters were complex and well-developed, especially Cassie, and I fell in love with Olivia's charisma and energy & Ed's sense of humour. Tabby's prior experiences with bullying added an important layer to the novel, and I thought that the portrayal of such was well done. I have read a lot of anti-bullying fiction and non-fiction and the effect which it had had on Tabby was hugely relatable and realistic. Tabby's Anxiety was also handled sensitively and, again, realistically (it was actually the best portrayal of such that I have seen in YA literature). I can't wait to read more of the series!
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  • Alice Oseman
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a sweet and joyful story about friendship and celebrating your passions (especially if your passion is books!) It explores anxiety and bullying and has a couple of very cute romances too. I can't wait to see more of these characters in the sequel! (especially Ed. He's my fave.)
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  • Lauren James
    January 1, 1970
    [Gifted] A heartwarming, uplifting look at the power of friendship and the dangers of bullying online. Tabby stole my heart with her very realistic anxieties, worries and joy of books. A UK based summer road trip book that will make you desperate to make a book club of your very own.
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  • Yasmin
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to get an early read of this and let me tell you, it is PHENOMENAL.Lucy has created just the most adorable group of book nerds that you just cannot help but fall in love with instantly. Tabby as a protagonist instantly gains our trust and empathy and we're rooting for her happiness from the get go. The friendship between the characters grows so naturally you don't even notice, but you simultaneously feel as you yourself are a member of the Paper and Hearts Society. The bookish I was lucky enough to get an early read of this and let me tell you, it is PHENOMENAL.Lucy has created just the most adorable group of book nerds that you just cannot help but fall in love with instantly. Tabby as a protagonist instantly gains our trust and empathy and we're rooting for her happiness from the get go. The friendship between the characters grows so naturally you don't even notice, but you simultaneously feel as you yourself are a member of the Paper and Hearts Society. The bookish feel in this is also A+++ and I so loved all the bookish references.I have to give an enormous shout out to the anxiety rep in this book, which is frankly one of the best I've ever seen. Having dealt with anxiety, and the feeling of being "other" myself, I felt so SEEN by this book. It made me tear up a little just at how accurate it was.One of my fave things though was that how within this group setting, each character manages to stand out as an individual, how they have their own storylines that you keep you intrigued just as much as their group adventure. I'm really looking forward to reading the following books in the series to get an insight into the other characters.I also have to mention how sort of TENSE it was. The antagonist's thread just kept building and building until I literally couldn't bring myself to read the last 60 odd pages because I knew shit was about to go down and I wanted to protect these lovable characters.This book covers so many important themes with such skill and nuance that I am in awe. Lucy's skill certainly shows in every single sentence and I just cannot WAIT for the world to read this book in June 🙌🏽
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ⭐I feel like this book was written for my 15 years self, who was bullied at school, who didn’t yet know she was demisexual, who suffered from anxiety and depression alone, who only wished to have friends who would love to read as much as she did. Lucy wrote an amazing story which would have gave my 15 years old self hope for the future, and I can’t thank her enough for it.I believe this book could bring hope to any teen out there. 4.5 ⭐️I feel like this book was written for my 15 years self, who was bullied at school, who didn’t yet know she was demisexual, who suffered from anxiety and depression alone, who only wished to have friends who would love to read as much as she did. Lucy wrote an amazing story which would have gave my 15 years old self hope for the future, and I can’t thank her enough for it.I believe this book could bring hope to any teen out there.
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  • BooksNest
    January 1, 1970
    It is not often that a book makes me cry, and I didn’t expect it of this one, but cry I did. This book was so real and kept true to teenage life, the ups and the downs. It captured me and brought me back to the times where I learnt to become who I am today. It is very tough to be in your teen years, there is a lot going on, The Paper & Hearts Society doesn’t shy away from this. Lucy doesn’t try to glamorise the moments of our youth, she writes them as they are and creates believable and lova It is not often that a book makes me cry, and I didn’t expect it of this one, but cry I did. This book was so real and kept true to teenage life, the ups and the downs. It captured me and brought me back to the times where I learnt to become who I am today. It is very tough to be in your teen years, there is a lot going on, The Paper & Hearts Society doesn’t shy away from this. Lucy doesn’t try to glamorise the moments of our youth, she writes them as they are and creates believable and lovable, but more importantly real characters.Tabby is the main character, entering into a circle of new friends when she joins The Paper & Hearts Society book club. She’s nervous, she has anxiety and her self confidence is low. Basically, she depicts exactly the feeling you get when you have to walk into a new group of people, most of whom are already friends, and say hello. It is daunting and terrifying, it is also awkward, but that is okay, because it takes time for it to become normal. I think Tabby was written extremely well as a character with all of these worries. She was very relatable and very innocent, which made me sad about some of the events in the book that befell her. She is surrounded by Olivia, Cassie, Ed and Henry, a group of best friends who are in the book club with her. They each offer a different personality; with Olivia being energetic and excitable, Cassie being much more private and guarded, Ed being open and cheerful and Henry being quiet and kind. I love the dynamics of this group and how they all fit together, another example of how, in the real world, not every one of your friends has your exact set of interests.  I could definitely see where the plot was going with this one, but it was written so well that I didn’t mind knowing how it would end up. I loved the journey of this book and the style of writing. The mention of YA books was really great too, I loved seeing their cameos appear and spotting the titles of books I recognised. In the middle of this book, the characters visit Bath and I got very excited. I live near to Bath and knew every place the characters were talking about. It’s not often I can associate so closely with the setting of a book, but I really did feel as though I was there with the characters. I had a grin on my face the whole time they were exploring this beautifully bookish city.My final shout out of praise to this book is the mention of demisexuality. Never have I read a book before that mentions this term, most people seem to not even have heard of it. When I read this I had to text Lucy and thank her for including a wider range of the LGBT spectrum in her book. Any form of sexuality was normalised in this book, and apart from demisexual, it didn’t need to be highlighted and made a big thing of. I’m excited to see more and more books being written like this, finally normalising sexuality for all ages in literature. Praise to Lucy Powrie for writing a superb book that really captured my heart. 
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  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I was in a really bad reading slump at the beginning of the year. You know, the kind where you watch Netflix, scroll through Twitter, or do nothing at all, instead of picking up a book. Lucy kindly offered to send me her book, The Paper & Hearts Society, to help – and it worked! Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books. #gifted: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    This book has just blown me away in a matter of hours!I went into it expecting a cute fluffy book themed contemporary, and yes it delivered that but with SO MUCH MORE.Tabby as a character is just so well written and honest. I truly felt you could understand all of her reasoning and motives, even when they were to flawed. Also the representation of Tabby's mental health was so so so well done. She experiences anxiety (often relating to her past (ie the WORST person in the world)) and panic attack This book has just blown me away in a matter of hours!I went into it expecting a cute fluffy book themed contemporary, and yes it delivered that but with SO MUCH MORE.Tabby as a character is just so well written and honest. I truly felt you could understand all of her reasoning and motives, even when they were to flawed. Also the representation of Tabby's mental health was so so so well done. She experiences anxiety (often relating to her past (ie the WORST person in the world)) and panic attacks, and the way in which the author shows her thought spirals is so brilliantly done and truly reminded me of my own head at times.Yes, I will admit the *big dramatic moment* was predictable but it didn't matter in this book as it was handled so differently from in other stories.Basically- everyone needs to add this to their TBRs for June. And I somehow need to wait who-knows-how-long for the next book 😭(I was lucky enough to pick up a proof of this at my job at Waterstones, my thoughts are all my own!)
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  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    5 Words: Family, friendship, books, self-discovery, bullying.This. Book.I first read The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie back in April when BKMRK kindly sent me a review copy. Then pretty much as soon as it was first spotted in the wild in June I read it again, this time armed with a pencil for underlining and annotations.As much as I loved Tabby, the main character, I related so much with Olivia that she is definitely my favourite. It was astounding to see myself so clearly in a book, 5 Words: Family, friendship, books, self-discovery, bullying.This. Book.I first read The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie back in April when BKMRK kindly sent me a review copy. Then pretty much as soon as it was first spotted in the wild in June I read it again, this time armed with a pencil for underlining and annotations.As much as I loved Tabby, the main character, I related so much with Olivia that she is definitely my favourite. It was astounding to see myself so clearly in a book, in a side character so fleshed out that they came to life. I saw me - I was represented. It was a shock to me how much I felt seen.I think one of my favourite things about The Paper & Hearts Society was how it was packed with a huge love for books. I loved spotting books that I'd read, bumping books up my existing TBR, and adding books I hadn't heard of. Check back on Saturday for my own Paper & Hearts Society summer reading list, inspired by the books that the characters discuss.I really liked the conflict in this book - it was so natural and so real. The friendship group came to life to such an extent that I almost forgot they were characters in a book, and every interaction between them was natural.I loved the road trip, how it was another factor in the changing dynamics of the group. And all of the destinations were already on my literary travel bucket list, so it was great to see them come alive. It made me wonder how the Paper & Hearts Society would react to Barter Books and Alnwick Castle - they should definitely head up North and do a flying lesson at Hogwarts.The Paper & Hearts Society is one of those books that lifts you up, and it's fast becoming a self-care reread book for me. Read it, pre-order the next one, reread it.
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  • catriona (reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I smiled the whole way through
  • ThatBookGal
    January 1, 1970
    The Paper & Hearts Society is basically a love letter to the bookish community and book lovers everywhere. Filled to the brim with references to fandoms across various genres, I found it utterly charming. Reading Lucy's author letter about the book, I just relate so hard to that difficult time around GCSE's, and so knew that I would going to find some powerful connections in her book. The characters, in particular the boys, were genuine and I just want to sign up instantly to be the 6th memb The Paper & Hearts Society is basically a love letter to the bookish community and book lovers everywhere. Filled to the brim with references to fandoms across various genres, I found it utterly charming. Reading Lucy's author letter about the book, I just relate so hard to that difficult time around GCSE's, and so knew that I would going to find some powerful connections in her book. The characters, in particular the boys, were genuine and I just want to sign up instantly to be the 6th member of the gang (luckily I have my society badge all ready ;) ). Tabby could so easily be me, navigating anxiety as a teenager is utterly exhausting, particularly when you have also been bullied, and the message of 'you're not alone and you're not weird' is an absolute critical one that just screams out from every one of these pages. The friendship between the gang was wonderful, and the way they helped each other over their various obstacles was just super sweet. This was without a doubt YA at its finest, unlike many books recently that blur the lines of whether it can truly be considered for teens. I felt like you could tell that Lucy is on the younger side as she wrote this, and that (aside from making me insanely jealous of her talent at such a young age) was a bonus because you got a true picture of British teens, as opposed to adults trying to remember when they were teens. I devoured this book, basically in one sitting, and I'm sure it'll be one thats going to become much loved by the Bookstagram and Book Blogger community.
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  • Chiara
    January 1, 1970
    Too juvenile and predictable for me.
  • gem
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so cute and happy and feel good!It’s perfect for fans of Alice Oseman and Chloe Coles, this is the ultimate love letter to book fans.I loved the friendships, and the book club was great. I was never in a Bookclub, but my best friend and I used to raid our local library for all the latest sweet valley books and spend our pocket money buying them all, so I know the sheer joy of spending your time doing nothing but talking about books as a teenager. (I still do that now but knowing I c This book is so cute and happy and feel good!It’s perfect for fans of Alice Oseman and Chloe Coles, this is the ultimate love letter to book fans.I loved the friendships, and the book club was great. I was never in a Bookclub, but my best friend and I used to raid our local library for all the latest sweet valley books and spend our pocket money buying them all, so I know the sheer joy of spending your time doing nothing but talking about books as a teenager. (I still do that now but knowing I could go into school to talk about the latest book was ace!)Tabby was such a believable character, she feels like someone I would really want to be friends with. I love the idea of a literary road trip so much! My favourite bookish place is Barter Books in Alnwick, I can imagine Tabby and her friends going there and loving it just as much as I do. Or Hay on Wye.I can’t wait to find out what they get up to next.:)Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this.
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  • Veronika
    January 1, 1970
    This is breaking my heart, but I didn't really love this book. But it was still a wonderful read and I enjoyed reading it. The book is about a new girl in town joining a book club, while dealing with some demons from her past. It was a love letter to all things bookish. It dealt with some important topics and it was really lovely and cute. I adored all the literary references and book recommendations. My copy is now full of post-its with the books I need to read. I am dead jealous that I am not This is breaking my heart, but I didn't really love this book. But it was still a wonderful read and I enjoyed reading it. The book is about a new girl in town joining a book club, while dealing with some demons from her past. It was a love letter to all things bookish. It dealt with some important topics and it was really lovely and cute. I adored all the literary references and book recommendations. My copy is now full of post-its with the books I need to read. I am dead jealous that I am not a member of this book club or best friends with this amazing group of people. But it all felt a little flat for me, the plot, the characters, nothing but the literary references stood up. I hate it when the main conflict resides in miscommunication, when all that it needs is just for one character to say something, and he/she chooses not to. It is so infuriating! But if I forget about that, the book brought me warm feelings and I felt happy while reading it. I know I am really tiny minority with three stars here, so don't mind me and definitely read it for yourself, it was indeed very lovely.
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  • Rosanna Threakall
    January 1, 1970
    A book for book fans. A lovely read that feels comfy. I love Ed!
  • Bookread2day
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie, now I’m even more excited as author Lucy Powrie can’t wait to write more adventures for The Paper & Hearts Society, that’s awesome, I can’t wait to read another adventure.I have much more of my review on my blog site. www.bookread2day.wordpress.com
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  • Ben Babcock
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s start with this: The Paper & Hearts Society is the kind of book I would have definitely loved as a teenager. Lucy Powrie combines her love of contemporary young adult fiction and classics with a captivating story of moving on from fractured friendships and bullying to create a great story brimming with allusions. Tabby Brown is a fifteen-year-old book nerd moving to a new town over the summer. Somewhat introverted and anxious, Tabby isn't all that interested in exploring her new home; Let’s start with this: The Paper & Hearts Society is the kind of book I would have definitely loved as a teenager. Lucy Powrie combines her love of contemporary young adult fiction and classics with a captivating story of moving on from fractured friendships and bullying to create a great story brimming with allusions. Tabby Brown is a fifteen-year-old book nerd moving to a new town over the summer. Somewhat introverted and anxious, Tabby isn't all that interested in exploring her new home; she’d rather stay at her Gran’s and read a book. Nevertheless, she falls in with an existing friend group, who've formed a book club. But she’s also being cyberbullied by a former friend. And so on one hand, Tabby has finally found some amazing bookish people to hang with—on the other hand, her entire world and ego are under psychic assault. It’s hard, though, to open up to people you’ve just met, even if you’re feeling a very real connection.I mention above I would have loved this as a teenager. That’s not to imply I don’t love it now. However, the older I get the more I find myself having to consider YA novels from that perspective: what would teenage me have thought? The ironic thing is that teenage me didn’t read much YA. Diana Wynne-Jones looms large in the memory, and of course there was Harry Potter and Eragon, but let me tell you young whipper-snappers: you are so incredibly lucky with the boom in fantasy YA these days. It’s phenomenal.Anyway, The Paper & Hearts Society isn’t fantasy, but that’s fine. It’s about a protagonist who loves books almost as much as breathing, and I can identify with that. Yes, there’s some kissing and romance in here (ew), so it wasn’t all fun, but I can overlook that because of how much I enjoyed spending time with Tabby and her new friends. Powrie captures the anxiety of trying to fit into a group that has already formed: that initial breathless apprehension and second-guessing; the weird way your clever book-soaked brain turns you into a sassy mofo, and you suddenly have an out of body experience where you're watching yourself and asking, “Who am I? This isn’t how I act around people!”; the strange twin sensations in your gut of butterflies because you’ve found people you enjoy spending time with and butterflies because oh-my-god-socializing-oh-my-god. It’s the kind of paradox that, at 29, I am all too familiar with, yet at 15, I expect Tabby is still unravelling about herself.As someone twice Tabby’s age (ugh it sounds so weird to say that), it’s tempting for me to dismiss some of her concerns, especially around the cyberbullying. It’s definitely true that some adults forget what it’s like to be a teenager, and the relentless change in our society—particularly how we communicate—doesn’t help. When I was in high school, cyberbullying was definitely A Thing. We had MySpace and I think a thing called Friendster (can you tell how much time I spent on social media pre–Twitter and pre–Goodreads?) but we didn’t have smartphones, just the way cooler flip phones. So cyberbullying happened at desks in front of computer monitors, not on phones in our pockets. For anyone who isn’t using social media the way teens do right now, it can be difficult to comprehend what cyberbullying feels like on those platforms. Powrie’s portrayal is accurate (as far as I can tell), particularly in the underhanded ways in which the Jess manipulates Tabby. There’s a certain savviness required for these actions, or to debunk and defuse them as Ed and Cassie both attempt to do in their own ways. One of my favourite moments of the story is when Tabby’s dad suggests she invite Jess to stay with them once they’ve settled into their new home. This delightful ironic ignorance is so emblematic of well-meaning, loving parents who nevertheless just don’t get it.So while it’s worth asking why Tabby struggles so much asking for help with her situation, a little soul-searching by the reader should hopefully furnish the answer. Dealing with these kinds of conflicts is very scary, especially when you mix it with trying to make new friends.And oh wow do Tabby’s new friends come on strong. I love that Powrie lampshades this a few times, particularly through Henry when setting him up as the sensitive kind of guy for whom Tabby feels something. Indeed, each of Tabby’s four new friends has an interesting and distinct personality, both in person and in the group chats we get to read. They are all enjoyable and annoying, in my opinion, to some extent. (Shout-out, as well, to a deserving fifth “friend” in the form of Tabby’s Gran, Nancy, who also has a well-rounded personality.) I loved how hostile Cassie was to Tabby at first. It felt quite authentic, the idea that not everyone in the group would be happy with a new person jumping in, and especially how it’s related to other stresses in Cassie’s life. That being said, the one-on-one interactions between Tabby and each of the other friends were some of the least satisfying parts of the book for me. As much as I applaud Ed for sitting Tabby down in the bookstore, listening to her, and also explaining about Cassie’s situation, it felt like a bit of an awkward infodump—especially when Cassie then goes and repeats it to Tabby later, since she doesn’t know Tabby knows.Aside from those interactions, however, The Paper & Hearts Society is remarkably streamlined in terms of its plot. Powrie keeps us on our toes, never letting us get too comfortable either with the format of the book club itself or Tabby’s relationships with the other members. Both of these elements evolve continuously throughout the book, as they should. I really didn’t want to put this down, but at the advanced old age of 29 I have a lot more trouble staying up all night than I did as a teenager—don’t feel too bad for me though, because picking it up the next day meant I could finish it in the sun on my deck.In the end, there’s just the right amount of realness to The Paper & Hearts Society, if you know what I mean. It speaks to me, both present!me and teenage!me, in its characterization and the issues and interests it embraces. Maybe it’s an indulgence, but I just love books about books—it’s meta and totally related to my interests. I’m also quite pleased to hear that there’s a sequel in the works with Olivia as the principal protagonist. Her demisexuality, the casualness with which it was revealed to Tabby, the use of so many good terms in that conversation (including asexuality) and the acknowledgement of the spectrum was so heartening, as someone who is pretty confidently aromantic/asexual, to read. Although Olivia is much more of a people person than either myself or Tabby, I’m still excited to see what’s in store for her story.
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  • Vicky (What Vicky Read)
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute story. I flew through this one and just loved how involved books were throughout. I can’t wait for the second book already!
  • Salim Alowais
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I even begin? Do I start talking about Bath or Haworth? Tabby or Livs? Jane Austen parties or Harry Potter movies marathon? Anxiety in YA? I don’t know where to start. This book is more than just an ode to literature, it’s a story that consists the meaning to experience the different types of love, to a partner, an author, a friend, and so many more. I read this book in one setting, three hours and a half, sitting on my bed staring at the pages and going on a whirlwind of adventure(s).A Where do I even begin? Do I start talking about Bath or Haworth? Tabby or Livs? Jane Austen parties or Harry Potter movies marathon? Anxiety in YA? I don’t know where to start. This book is more than just an ode to literature, it’s a story that consists the meaning to experience the different types of love, to a partner, an author, a friend, and so many more. I read this book in one setting, three hours and a half, sitting on my bed staring at the pages and going on a whirlwind of adventure(s).At first, I couldn’t get through the first 100 pages, Lucy’s voice is so distinct and her exploration and description of what it feels like to have someone that you cared for so deeply in the past, is the cause of anxiety and panic attacks, and that’s something that I’ve experienced and still do. It was hard but at the same time it was great. And I had to keep reading. The more I read, the more I knew about tabby. The more I knew myself. “It made me feel worthless, and the more worthless I felt, the more I wanted to be worth something”I have cried at least four times throughout the book, and on several occasions found myself gasping for air. Lucy Powrie managed to capture the hardship of being a teenager. More so, being Tabby (main character), whose an introvert dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, and low self esteem. With reading about five people who are all entwined and connected by the same thing, The Paper & Hearts Society, you get a vivid picture of each and every character. Livs (Olivia) being the fun and energetic one, Cassie being the reserved one, Ed the best friend anyone could ask for, and Henry the thoughtful kid and the love interest. And now onto the last bit, the appearances of YA titles and literary locations. It was an immense fun seeing references of books like Unconventional, Loneliest Girl in the Universe, and so many more. Bath. Bath. Bath. Bath is my favorite place on earth and just reading about it took me back to the place. I could see myself walking down the royal crescent and Sydney place, and it was one of my favorite parts of the book. The Brontë Parsonage Museum, oh my god. I’ve been there recently and I just love that place so much and being in Haworth again, was nothing short from amazing!The Paper & Hearts Society has climbed its away to my heart and my all time favorite list.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliant bunch of characters (I am particularly fond of the boys, Ed and Henry), some lovely messages of friendship, bullying, family and dealing with all sorts of emotions. Chuck in a great main character and you’ve got a book lover’s book. Good work Lucy Powrie!
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  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this! It was filled with hopeful, uplifting messages about friendship, books, and believing in yourself. Full review to come!
  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    One gigantic book community hug! Lucy has written the perfect friendship tale for anxious book loving teens. I adored The Paper & Hearts Society from first page to last.
  • Natassa
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderfully lovely debut novel filled with books and friendship and discussions about mental health - not to mention demisexual representation! While the plot never once surprised me - except for a scene toward the end which was very obviously meant to set the tone for the sequel and didn't do too much for this story - I fell in love with the characters and their quirks; wishing so badly I could see more of them in the sequel asap.Following a girl who is being almost literally haunted by her p A wonderfully lovely debut novel filled with books and friendship and discussions about mental health - not to mention demisexual representation! While the plot never once surprised me - except for a scene toward the end which was very obviously meant to set the tone for the sequel and didn't do too much for this story - I fell in love with the characters and their quirks; wishing so badly I could see more of them in the sequel asap.Following a girl who is being almost literally haunted by her past finding a new group of book-loving friends, we get to follow their adventures as they form The Paper and Hearts Society, a book club that celebrates all types of literature. Listen, this part could be cringy at times. Too many references and too much name dropping for me personally, but I've always found books that talk about contemporary artists, movies, websites etc weird to read, for some reason. In the end, I think it became a bit more natural, once I'd gotten used to it. Once I started applying it to how I talk to my friends about books and pop culture, and I think it's important to remember that this is a book for and about teenagers. I'm obviously not the target audience here, but I can remember being 15 and think it could be a bit endearing from time to time to read about books I've read and artists I've listened to. But no, I do not miss being a teenager after reading about Tabby's problems. That's not shade! I genuinely hate how awful those years can be and I think it's important that we acknowledge both the good and the bad.The writing was good and appropriate for the demographic it wants to reach. Some clichés, but they get used for a reason. Again the story wasn't exactly leaving me at the edge of my seat, seeing as I figured out almost every part of the plot very early on, but it still kept me engaged, which I think is important. Not everything has to be about shock value. It was a fun story, with interesting characters, and it has the potential to turn into a fun and sweet series. Lucy Powrie managed to weave topics such as sexuality, family trouble, bullying, mental health, and wanting to fit in into a book that celebrates, well, books, and I think she did a good job.Now, who wants to go on a literary road trip with me? I'm sure Sweden has some interesting spots!
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  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book right from the first page because this is such a wonderful love letter to books. If you are a reader, you are definitely going to identify with the Paper and Hearts Society because they love books and book shelves and this whole thing kicks of with a visit to the library! How awesome is that? Classics are represented here as well as young adult contemporary and fantasy, graphic novels and even some childhood favourites. I want to be a member of this society and I defy you not t I loved this book right from the first page because this is such a wonderful love letter to books. If you are a reader, you are definitely going to identify with the Paper and Hearts Society because they love books and book shelves and this whole thing kicks of with a visit to the library! How awesome is that? Classics are represented here as well as young adult contemporary and fantasy, graphic novels and even some childhood favourites. I want to be a member of this society and I defy you not to want to as well after you read this book. Tabby is a book lover and so I could identify with her right away. But she is also a teenager having to deal with everything a teenager has to deal with and so teens picking up this book will definitely have something in common with her right away. Tabby is also a great character to read about because she has some anxiety issues and also some self-esteem issues which are also very easy to relate to. These do build over the course of the novel and we see her trying to hide these aspects of her life from those around her, and we all know how that is going to go!The other members of the society are great and wonderful and diverse and I can't wait to spend more time with them. I love the fact that they are brought together through their love of reading but that they are all dealing with other issues in their lives that they can support each other with. Henry is a fun character in the group and I loved how thoughtful he was. It is not often you find someone who is as kind and caring as he was. Olivia is bright and bubbly but she is not as confident as she may seem and she is hiding something fairly major about herself that we do get to find out a way into the book. Cassie is guarded and finds trust difficult but we also get to find out the root of that issue and Ed is just the best. He is welcoming and kind and I really hope we get to dig a little deeper into this character in future books in the series. This is a great debut novel. It really does have something for everyone. I flew through it in two sittings and it definitely motivated me to get on with the rest of my TBR because of all the books and authors these characters talked about. Lucy has explored so many issues that are prevalent for teens today and there is so much relevant technology in the book right down to them texting to let each other know they're outside rather than ringing the bell-I loved that. I highly recommend this book, pop it on your summer TBR now!
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  • Cerys Weston (Browsing For Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I was gifted an advanced reader’s copy of this book through the Swansea Blogger Collective on behalf of Hodder Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.The Paper & Hearts Society is a cute, adorable, unequivocally delightful novel that made me miss being a teenager, and it’s not often that I say that! When I was sixteen I stopped reading for a long time, and a book club and the group of friends Tabby has would have been the perfect solution for me. In fact, joining the book blogging I was gifted an advanced reader’s copy of this book through the Swansea Blogger Collective on behalf of Hodder Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.The Paper & Hearts Society is a cute, adorable, unequivocally delightful novel that made me miss being a teenager, and it’s not often that I say that! When I was sixteen I stopped reading for a long time, and a book club and the group of friends Tabby has would have been the perfect solution for me. In fact, joining the book blogging community feels a lot like joining a club like the Paper & Hearts Society, and, like Tabby, I am so glad that I have found my people!I didn’t love Tabby, and I often found her a little annoying, but after talking to a friend I came to realise that the representation of her anxiety was extremely relatable and I can see in the reaction of readers with anxiety that Lucy has done a great job in writing this part of her character.The friendship this group of friends has is definitely my favourite part of this novel. Everyone’s relationship is super cute, even Cassie and Tabby’s! Ed is the softest person in the whole world and I love him with all my heart, Olivia is so cute she’s like a puppy and I relate a lot. Cassie is definitely the grumpy cat of the group who thinks she’s too cool for everything but secretly loves it and Henry is the perfect, swoon-worthy love interest! They all have something that they’re dealing with privately and makes them feel super realistic and leaves plenty of room for development in upcoming novels in this series.I don’t think that the writing was the most exquisite prose to ever exist, but it was light and easy to read which only served to further my enjoyment of this novel. Sometimes, I found that the dialogue wasn’t wholly natural, and the way all of the characters communicated was definitely far too healthy to feel entirely realistic. Additionally, it seems that The Paper & Hearts Society being marketed as a YA novel, but feels far too young, and instead reads as a novel for young teens, perhaps aged 13 to 15. Even still, the writing, at least at first, feels a little patronising and I know that it would have put me off reading this book as a young teen. The book feels like it was written by a teenager but instead of using a voice that would be targeted at Lucy’s age group, it seems as though she felt the need to make the voice younger, so doesn’t feel natural in places.Overall, The Paper & Hearts Society is just as sweet and delicious as the hot chocolates from Woolf & Wilde, the infamous bookshop that I wish I could visit with Tabby and her friends! Please support this talented debut author and a UK YA book blogger who is such an amazing part of this community, and preorder The Paper & Hearts Society NOW!
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  • Kayleigh
    January 1, 1970
    This book is, quite frankly, a book for book lovers. It’s so nice to read a book about people who could easily be your friends, that you feel you’d fit in with in a heartbeat and all the little fandom references throughout make it even better!I love the whole dynamic of the group. They show friendship and support at its very best which is exactly what Tabby needs. I found Tabby such a relatable character too, having gone through a very similar experience myself in school, not to mention the anxi This book is, quite frankly, a book for book lovers. It’s so nice to read a book about people who could easily be your friends, that you feel you’d fit in with in a heartbeat and all the little fandom references throughout make it even better!I love the whole dynamic of the group. They show friendship and support at its very best which is exactly what Tabby needs. I found Tabby such a relatable character too, having gone through a very similar experience myself in school, not to mention the anxiety she suffers from, so I felt like I could have been reading a book about 15-year-old me!The Paper & Hearts Society is just a lovely book and I’m looking forward to seeing the characters again. :)
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Such a wonderful debut, you really wouldn’t know it ! It’s an addictive and enjoyable book, entertaining you from the first page. I loved the fact this is so raw and real, it shows how everyone has issues, we all struggle and no one has an easy ride, no matter how it may appear. The characters are wonderfully written, relatable and such brilliant representation. A great book that will connect with readers ya and older.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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  • Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this! It’s a lot of fun, I loved all of the bookish references. The characters were great and I always enjoy a good road trip story, especially if it’s bookish!
  • Hollie (Hollieblog)
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon!
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