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- Publication Date: June 16, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07222M9MG
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Paper Cranes (A Fairytale Twist Novel) Kindle Edition
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So, as with all my reads this week, I was very distracted while reading this book, and had a hard time getting sucked in. But somewhere after the halfway point, this book took hold of my heart and didn't let me go, making me stay up until 4:30 am to finish it. To say this book finished in an amazing fashion is a bit of an understatement. I arrived at the end with tears on my cheeks and my heart full to bursting. I can't even begin to describe how happy this book made me.
So I'll start at the beginning and say that Tristan's character threw me off at first. I'm not sure why exactly, but his voice was completely unlike what I had been expecting. He felt a bit younger maybe. But honestly, I'd just finished a run of adult books, so it could have been the juxtaposition, you know what I mean? He was also less stereotypical guy-y than what I was used to, and what I was assuming I would get. I wasn't sure how I felt about him initially, but as the book went on, these unique traits made me fall in love with him. He had such a sweetness to him, a sensitive side that I wasn't expecting. I really appreciated that he didn't fit into any boxes. He could occasionally be very stereotypically teenager-y, a bit whiny at times, a bit overdramatic at others, definitely moody. But while those traits are hard to read sometimes, I appreciate that it made him more real you know? And you really felt his growth throughout the book as a result.
I was also completely surprised that this book was entirely from Tristan's POV. BUT I LOVED THAT. I didn't expect to, I'm a dual POV lover. But it worked for this book. Partly because Tristan had such a journey to go on, and I appreciated having a boy coming-of-age type novel. I appreciated that we got the unexpected, a Rapunzel retelling that wasn't about Rapunzel so much as her hero. And I still felt like I knew Helena enough, just through Tristan's eyes. I understood her struggle. I understood how she came to be the beautiful light that she was. I understood why she made the choices she did. I fell in love with her sweet soul and her innocence. And my heart broke for her even if we didn't get to see what she went through when they were separated...by that point I knew her well enough through Tristan's eyes to understand what she would be going through. I loved how well developed she was, that while she had such a beautiful outlook on life, it did not make her immune to the bad things. She wasn't perfect.
While this book is a beautiful sweet YA love story, Ms. Ford also delved into some pretty deep topics that really got me thinking. I thought her portrayal of the impact a divorce and cheating parent can have on a child to be spectacular, especially in the beginning. I felt for Tristan, and the choices he had to make, the feelings that he couldn't help, and how that was tearing him apart. I will admit that I wish we had a bit more resolution with his mother, but I loved the development in his relationship with his father.
And I ADORED the spin she took on Helena's mother's character. It made the situation so believable, and so UNBELIEVABLY heartbreaking. It wasn't black and white, and there were no easy answers. There were only long, HARD solutions.
I know I said above that this was a sweet YA love story, but I really only meant the love part. This book is full of so many emotions and angst. I can't even tell you how many times I cried. Be prepared. There were moments where the drama and romance felt a bit over the top, but I honestly didn't care. I was all in.
As a side note, I adored what Miss Warren and Mikayla added to the storyline. I appreciated that Tristan had them in his life, and I loved how they added to his development.
So yeah. I may have started my reading experience a bit shakier, but by the time I was finished I felt like my heart had been through the wringer, broken and put back together. I loved it. End of story.
Tristan is in a deep depression following his parent's divorce. He is disillusioned and cynical about love after his mother cheated with her boss. Now he's living with his father acting the role of the adult while his father wallows and drinks his nights away. One afternoon after throwing his neighbor's baseball into the open attic window of the 'haunted' house next door and climbing the trellis to enter the attic, he makes a surprising discovery. The attic is not full of odds and ends, but is a magical room. Even more surprising instead of encountering the 'ghost' he has discovered Helena, a beautiful 15 year old girl, unlike anyone he's ever met before. Helena's mother has had a psychotic break after a family tragedy and has become convinced that the world is a dark, dangerous place. She and Helena have not been outside in years. Helena has existed in her imagination and in the pages of books. She is pure and innocent, untouched by society. Her inner beauty, kindness, imagination, her every view were astonishing. Tristan is drawn to her strangeness, but soon finds himself completely enchanted. She teaches him how to lessen his burdens and treasure his joys. The beauty, innocence, and simplicity of their relationship takes sweetness to a new level.
Their relationship is difficult, yet their love is true. Their relationship ends all too soon due to yet another tragedy. These two have had rough adolescence. Their parting is as poignant as their love is pure. It's hard to accept that this is the end of Tristan and Helena. But when you hold another's heart, can it really be over? Aren't they always with you? Does true love really die?
This was truly a touching book. It brought tears to my eyes so many times; sweet tears, sad tears. There were so many important messages. Savor every moment. Enjoy the little things. Hug. The paper cranes will become a part of my own life if I can figure out how to make them. I've never been good at origami, but I feel it's important to have a reminder from Helena for myself. Jordan Ford has shown her range with this book. It's poetic, magical, romantic; a modern day fairy tale. One you will enjoy disappearing into.
As Tristan and Helena get to know each other and what they have to do in order to see each other, Tristan's mood starts to improve at home and school. It takes a late night date out on the town and a horrible accident for Tristan to realize how far he will go in order to be with Helena. With nothing going right for either Tristan and Helena after the accident, it takes a trip overseas for Tristan to finally get his happy ending!
I so don't want to reveal on what kind of accident that happened but it will make your heart break for Tristan and Helena. This book will grab you and won't let go until the very last word is read and even now, I'm still thinking about this story and how things could have gone if something else had happened and what that might have done to Tristan. I loved the fact that this story was so different from the other books that Jordan has put out so far that makes me wonder what else does Jordan Ford have up her sleeve!!
Thank You to Jordan Ford for having this new kind of story that makes me love your books even more!!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Author!
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