The Paper & Hearts Society follows 15-year-old Tabby who suffers from anxiety and feels very little self-worth after dealing with being bullied by her ‘friend’. She is staying with her gran for the summer while her parents are packing up their house to move to her gran’s town. She prefers to be alone, but then one day comes across a flier for a book club meeting, and after much encouragement from her gran, Tabby decides to go the meeting. There she meets Olivia, Henry, Ed, and Cassie and so begins The Paper & Hearts Society.
I love this book. It’s cute and heartwarming. It reminds me of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, which is a favorite book of mine. It possesses the same charming quality of Guernsey and made me feel like I was hanging out with fellow book lovers.
I love all of the characters, but Ed is my favorite. Ed is an amazing friend and I love the bond formed between him and Tabby; Henry is incredibly sweet; Olivia is a ball of energy, and she would be very disappointed that I cracked the spine of my book; and I am probably most like Cassie who doesn’t open up easily to just anyone. The friendship between all of them is special and sweet. There were so many moments that made me want to cry because of how incredibly sweet they were. They definitely have their fair share of problems, but they always work things out. And Tabby’s Gran is such a fun character with her Zumba classes and reading Fifty Shades of Grey.
Additionally, I also appreciate that this book is light while also dealing with darker themes, like bullying and depression. Social media is a big part of the story, as it should be, and it covers the negativity that can come with it, like cyber bullying. Tabby did things I did not agree with and so often I wanted to jump into the book and talk with her. I wanted to give her advice, though she herself is a great advice giver, she didn’t treat herself with the same respect as she treated other people. However, Tabby grew a lot during the course of the story. The one frustrating thing for me was Tabby’s lying, which is a major pet peeve of mine in books. I just wanted her to be honest.
Overall, this book has a fun concept and is great for people who love books about books. It’s cozy and well-written. I am so excited for the second book!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Note: This book is currently only available in the U.K. I purchased my copy from Book Depository if you are interested.