Now to appease her parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique store in tiny Elsbury, Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.
As Libby’s feelings for Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she may not survive Blaine’s reluctance to say the ‘L’ word. When Blaine finally commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t come too late.
**This book does contain some mild language and sexual content. It is meant for upper YA readers**
This is the type of book that has you sighing with a stupid little happy grin on your face when it ends.
Libby Gentry has just been kicked out of college. She wasn’t kicked out for some shockingly tragic reason. It had more to do with the fact that her GPA was so low it was basically nonexistent. Her parents are understandably disappointed and have opted to send this suburban spoiled brat to live with Great Aunt Dee in good ol’ Elsbury, Louisiana. It’s their hope that time in Louisiana will help Libby find herself because right now, she’s completely lost.
When Libby arrives in Elsbury it’s like she’s entered the twilight zone. Everything is different. The last thing she is looking for is a new love interest; especially after what Beau put her through. One party at a run-down trailer later, she’s met Blaine Crabtree. Blaine is a player. He’s everything Libby should run from and at first she more or less does. But just like Libby, there is more to Blaine than meets the eye.
It was very easy for me to identify with Libby. She’s spent her life feeling like she doesn’t belong. Like she’s not good enough. If we’re being honest here, I’m positive we’ve all felt that way at least once in our lives. Libby’s tall stature and band nerd status made her self-conscious in high school. College was supposed to be different. Instead of focusing on her school work she spent days binging and purging, running her heart out and attempting to live up to her sorority’s standards. I absolutely love the fact that as the book progresses Libby begins to love herself. I’m sure that Blaine has a little something to do with that.
The move down south cracked me up. My tiny town in Georgia isn’t nearly as “southern” as Elsbury and yet I had no trouble understanding the feeling that you don’t quite belong. It’s almost like moving to another planet. Please don’t take that the wrong way. I’ve been down south for 6 years now, and while it’s certainly different than “home,” it has its charms, too. Now if only I could grow some appreciation for sweet tea, I’d be in business.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed My Paper Heart. It was such an easy read and in my opinion it wasn’t overly predicable. I kept waiting for Blaine, Libby or both parties to do something catastrophically stupid, but the book didn’t work out exactly as I thought it would. However, there will definitely be moments when you shake your head and sigh to yourself. In the end you’ll have a cheesy grin on your face and a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart. I love those warm and fuzzies.
It was refreshing to read a book where the protagonist comes away with more than just a new love. It’s deeper than that and THAT is why I really fancied this novel. I can’t wait for On Paper Wings which should be out in August of this year.