When I was at school I didn’t know anyone who loved books as much as me. In fact, I can’t remember seeing many people reading for pleasure at all, although I’m sure they must have done so. I felt that I was very different.
Once when we went on a sixth form college open day we passed two girls who were discussing the various merits of the Brontës. My friends thought they were weird – I thought them wonderful (I can’t remember which Brontë those girls preferred but for me Anne is easily the best Brontë sister).
All of which means that when I read the blurb of Lucy Powrie’s debut book The Paper & Hearts Society I knew I had to read it and I could not have been more delighted when Hachette sent me a reading copy.
A brand new series from Booktuber Lucy Powrie – about what happens when you give up on trying to fit in 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?
As soon as Tabby found the flier for the book club I was hooked. They sounded like just my kind of people and I really wanted to join. I was whisked away on the story and I loved it.
Lucy has managed to create a diverse range of characters without being heavy handed about it. She treats people’s differences in a very matter of fact way without making a big deal out of them. I have read books where it seems as if the diversity is included just for the sake of it. That was absolutely not the case here – this is primarily a book about people who love books.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could see a lot of myself in Tabby and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or who just loves books. Books are a key part of The Paper & Hearts Society and it is glorious.
The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group