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- Publication Date : May 28, 2020
- File Size : 1281 KB
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Publisher : Hachette Children's (May 28, 2020)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B082SK4S8S
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- #1,789,653 in Kindle eBooks
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This is the second instalment in The Paper and Heart Society series and as with book one I rated it 5 stars, but I think I enjoyed this one a fraction more than the first. I seem to have a real thing for second books in series and they tend to be my favourites. One of the large draws of this series is how heavily it speaks to books lovers. Most book lovers enjoy books about books and they also enjoy reading about people enjoying books! This series is a homage to books in my opinion and one of the best series I have found that truly celebrates the joy of reading. A large proportion of this story is set in a library and the focal point of it is ensuring the books within are accessible to everyone. We also had scenes set in bookshops and lots of references to modern books that I can imagine many readers will have read. The characters feelings towards books just tap into mine and almost validate that its ok for books to be a passion. There is a lovely quote in this story about identifying with a character in a book and seeing yourself in them can make you feel like part of your heart is heeling. Although I cannot identify with this in the way it is spoken about in this story, I think its relevant to a whole manner of personal struggles people may face. For me personally discovering characters with anxiety and seeing feelings I struggle to articulate written down was a real turning point for me and it continues to help me every time I find a new character I can relate to. I just found this to such a beautiful and poignant quote that I wanted to mention it.
A huge focus of this book is on friendship, new friendships Olivia forms and her current ones. We see Olivia through various circumstances making friends with a little group of seven people who all have their own reasons for wanting to ensure LGBTQ+ are easily accessible in the library. I thought the little group they formed was awesome. I would have loved to have friendships like these when I was Olivia’s age, in fact I would love friends like them now!. They were so accepting and caring towards each other despite not having been friends for long and just generally were such a positive bunch. Initially we see Olivia finding it difficult to balance her two friendship groups and feel she needs to keep them apart. However, when she starts to struggle, we see each group take it upon themselves to come together and support her. It just showed what a great cast of characters they were and how important friendships can be.
I really liked how the book explored mental health in Olivia’s character. We see her go from a very together student to someone who suddenly struggles to cope. Pressures start to mount in the form of juggling her GCSE schoolwork, friends and her campaign involving the library. It allowed us to see how lots of small things can build up and really add pressure to someone as we see Olivia sprawling downwards in front of us. It also showed how talking about these matters can make all the difference in their outcome. I just feel Lucy handles sensitive topics in a really delicate and relatable way and this means that everyone, particularly teens could identify with this.
This was just the perfect book for book lovers that really celebrated reading, love of books, particularly those involving LGBTQ+ characters, the need for these books to be around and get into the right people’s hands. It celebrated friendship, standing up for what you believe in and not underestimating the need to take care of your own mental health. More importantly it shows the importance of sharing your stories and reading with pride.
Thank you to Netgalley and Hachette Children’s Group for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
It takes a slightly different vein but I think Olivia is definitely my favourite Paper Hearts member. She has so much going on and her natural enthusiasm leads her to spearhead everything in her life, but nobody can handle everything, and so many of us feel the pressure to be perky and on top of everything so it's great to see this reflected.
I'm also really pleased with the normalisation of the LBGTQ+ books mentioned that the characters are reading (Heartstopper got a definite squeal), and the Read With Pride movement needs to be a real forever thing!
Definitely worth a read