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Page by Paige Hardcover – May 1, 2011

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About the Author

Laura Lee Gulledge, like Paige, grew up in Virginia and moved to New York. She has worked in art therapy, window decoration, body painting, and event production, among other pursuits. Visit her online at whoislauralee.blogspot.com, where she regularly posts new and in-progress art.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810997215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997219
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Littrel on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me give you a smidge of disclosure first: I am a 30 year old, white male who enjoys metal music and mixed martial arts.

Why the disclosure? Because I simply loved this book. It is elegant in it's drawings and design, just bursting with creativity in both the presentation of the story and it's characters. I am honestly blown away with how much I enjoyed the artwork in the book, spending a lot of time staring at the same page, picking out all the little details.

Just simply a clever and sweet book, looking forward to reading more from the author in the future. Plus the price is a steal for how much work is poured into this tale.
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You know how hard it is to move and leave your friends behind, especially when you're in high school? In Laura Lee Gulledge's new graphic novel, we meet introspective teen Paige, who has just moved to New York City from Virginia and is struggling to adjust. She is also struggling with her desire to define herself as an artist, and with a lot of self-doubt. This book is her sketchbook, a record of her journey (all done in black and white).

What's really nice is the way Gulledge has Paige mix visual metaphors into her storytelling. For example, when Paige says, "I've been giving myself a lot of pep talks in my head lately," we see in the next drawing that the sign over the steps leading to the high school entrance has "BE AN EXTROVERT" over the doors instead of the school's name. On the next page, as Paige goes up the hall, she sees a hand-lettered sign on the wall by the office reading, "Psst, Paige, You Belong Here." Below, as Paige says, "I tell myself that everyone else feels alone, too," we find a large drawing of a lake with dozens of teens paddling around in very small boats, each isolated though surrounded by others. These images ebb and flow nicely as Paige goes about finding her way in a new place.

The detailed depiction of Paige's worries and self-analysis might strike more confident readers as self-absorption, but I'm guessing many readers will relate to her self-consciousness. Paige's conflicts with her well-meaning but intrusive parents are another plot thread that will feel familiar to a lot of young readers. This relationship is not unrealistically one-note, though: At one point Paige shares a joke and a hug with her dad, and her parents are fairly sympathetic characters as they try to understand how their daughter is doing.
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Page by Paige is the debut graphic novel from Laura Lee Gulledge. According to Gulledge's bio on her website "the story is her journey as an artist and transplant in New York". In the book, Paige is 16 and has moved from VA to NYC with her writer parents. It is a tough time to a teen's life to move and teen readers will resonate with this aspect of the story as well. Despite Paige's many wonderful traits/characteristics, she is filled with myriad of insecurities as well. Through her developing friendships with Gabe, Jules and Longo, as well as with her sketchbook, Paige discovers more about herself and how she fits into the world around her and how others may see her. All of these are themes that will connect with especially female teen readers.

As I read this graphic novel, I was particularly taken with how the illustrations perfectly match the text. Some of the images were just so expressive and vivid which truly moved the text to a new level for me. I immediately wanted to find people around me to share the images. I encourage you to check out the book trailers below just to get a taste of the artwork from the book.

I can't wait to start giving this out as gifts or sharing it with teens that I know. Page by Paige is a wonderful debut by Gulledge and I certainly look forward to future work from her.
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My 11 year old daughter loved this so much that when she finished, she flipped back to the front of the book and started over.

The pictures are all in gray-scale inside the book, which surprised me, but my daughter doesn't mind at all.
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I have a tendency to leave rave reviews or scathing reviews. This book deserves neither. But in a good way.

But first, consider that I'm now older than the intended audience. I was making comics of my own for the young adult sector a little before this was published. I can look back on those comics now and see weaknesses in my character development. I think this young author has some weaknesses of her own, but that she was able to tell a coherent story at all, is still a feat.

Also, I don't care for introverted stories. A lot of this book reads like the supposed diary it's based on: very introverted, very self-absorbed. But if you're like the author or going through a similar situation in life, it's going to resonate with you.

While much of the art is clever and the layouts are strong, I feel it's sometimes hard to separate her "journal bits" from her reality style. I feel like this would have been served better from a black and white + color printing. Even on the cover, there are two Paiges, but it's hard to tell the difference between them until you look closely.

Some things go unexplained. Why is Paige upset with her mother? Do we need to know? Is it private because this is based on real life? Or are we supposed to project our own anger at our own mothers onto her? What's her friend's big secret she can't share with us?

She and her friends do many fun experiments, but I don't recall my friends ever having been quite so thoughtful, mature, or clever.

It almost reads like the fantasy teen life I wish I'd had: exciting new city, cool friends who help you grow, love interest, art projects.

And that might be why this is the perfect book for a young person in search of some introspective escapism!
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