Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
Published by Abrams on May 1, 2011
Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Romance, Coming of age
Pages: 192 : Paperback edition
Source: Checked out from my local library
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Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she’s having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.
Laura Lee Gulledge crafts stories and panels with images that are thought-provoking, funny, and emotionally resonant. Teens struggling to find their place can see themselves in Paige’s honest, heartfelt story.
Often times there comes along a book in one’s life, where you relate so well to the characters and plot that you wonder if the book was written solely for you (also the main character having the same first name as you, and same blog name as you helps too). This was the case for me when I read Page by Paige today. I finished the whole thing in under an hour because I fell so deeply in love with the story and all the characters within it.
Lately I have been getting into a lot of graphic novels, and Page by Paige has become one of my all-time favorites. Not only is the writing effortless and easy to read, but the drawings themselves are simply fabulous. There is something especially unique in the way that Paige’s personal drawings are different from the one’s that are explaining the scene. I really like that the author didn’t limit herself in any capacity and went above and beyond with the illustrations.
I can’t wait to purchase this and have it on my shelves, to pick up whenever I feel like it. And the author has one other book that I’ve already put on hold at the library as well so I can’t wait to check that one out too!