Book Review: Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Page by PaigeGenre: Art, young adult, realistic fiction, graphic novel

Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: When Paige’s family moved to New York, she felt lost. She’s in a new territory, out of her comfort zone and away from people she know and who know her well like her best friend Diana. Her story is relatable because at some point in our life we also felt the same way especially when a big change has happened. Like moving to another place, starting to live alone, going off to college away from home, etc. Being out of our comfort zones is not an easy feat, it requires a huge amount of courage and confidence plus support and help from the people around us. Page by Paige is everybody’s story in different circumstances.

As the story progresses, she meets new people while roaming around the city and in her new school. She has formed a friendship with Jules, Gabe and Longo whom are nice to her. Somehow it also made Paige’s worry if they are just being polite or they are just hanging out with her out of pity. Paige is the type of person who worries too much, is scared of failing and is holding back a lot of things. Her friendship with the three pushed her to change for the better. Starting with the things she doesn’t like about herself and this is the exciting part. 🙂

I don’t want to give any spoilers on this exciting part that I’m saying, for I don’t want to ruin your anticipation especially if you haven’t read the book yet. I truly enjoyed reading this book and I’m not kidding. I remembered the first I read this last February 2016, I finished reading it in just one sitting. Given that the pages are much lesser that the books I read, I was totally drawn to the story itself. After reading it again to better understand it for this book review, it still felt the same. As a reader it’s a kind of relief to meet someone I can relate to in the form of a character in a story that I’m reading. You get ideas on what to do when facing life’s challenges. Paige’s story is like the author’s and she is much like Paige in her younger years. It’s a simple story but interesting, heartwarming, relatable and fun plus it’s sprinkled with a lot of wisdom that we can use in our everyday life.

The book is divided into rules and months (1 rule per month). It’s like reading Paige sketchbook. The story line is great at least for me and the illustrations are super on point. If you happen to have the chance to read Page by Paige, I highly recommend to read it in a chronological manner and please don’t skip the pages and the dialogue to better understand it. Read it like you reading someones diary/journal. Also watch out for her story on Rule #6 – July. 😀

Every artist (beginners to experts) can relate to Paige’s story especially when comes to sharing their artworks. Like any of us opening yourself up to people and finding the ones you can truly trust is difficult. Beyond those things, I think that understanding ourselves better is the most difficult one. It’s an essential chapter to go through to become our true self, finding that identity we’ve been longing for. Paige finally became her true self, no wearing of mask anymore. Her journey is a tough one, for worries and self-doubts always surrounds her but her willingness to change was a huge help in getting through it. A journey in which we can learn from and one that is worth reading.

May we have the courage that Paige have either we like to draw or not.

#Note to self: Don’t be afraid.

Publisher: Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS
Published: May 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9721-9
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

Source: Bought it on Booksale.

Read more on: Goodreads

*Synopsis and image from Goodreads.

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