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13 June 2019

Release Day Book Review: The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie *AD Gifted

BKMRK sent me a free review copy of The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie. I also somehow ended up buying myself multiple finished copies oops.

The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie is filled with friendship and self-discovery and a great love of books, and I enjoyed it so much that I have already reread it multiple times. Oops.

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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?

5 Words: Family, friendship, books, self-discovery, bullying.

This. Book.

I first read The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie back in April when BKMRK kindly sent me a review copy. Then pretty much as soon as it was first spotted in the wild in June I read it again, this time armed with a pencil for underlining and annotations.

As much as I loved Tabby, the main character, I related so much with Olivia that she is definitely my favourite. It was astounding to see myself so clearly in a book, in a side character so fleshed out that they came to life. I saw me - I was represented. It was a shock to me how much I felt seen.

I think one of my favourite things about The Paper & Hearts Society was how it was packed with a huge love for books. I loved spotting books that I'd read, bumping books up my existing TBR, and adding books I hadn't heard of. Check back on Saturday for my own Paper & Hearts Society summer reading list, inspired by the books that the characters discuss.

I really liked the conflict in this book - it was so natural and so real. The friendship group came to life to such an extent that I almost forgot they were characters in a book, and every interaction between them was natural.

I loved the road trip, how it was another factor in the changing dynamics of the group. And all of the destinations were already on my literary travel bucket list, so it was great to see them come alive.

The Paper & Hearts Society is one of those books that lifts you up, and it's fast becoming a self-care reread book for me. Read it, pre-order the next one, reread it.


  1. Great review! I may just have to pick this book up when I'm back from my holiday!

    1. I would definitely recommend it, it's such a lovely read!

  2. Sounds like an amazing book! Lovely review, Cora!😊

    Shirley |

  3. Ah it’s honestly such an amazing book, can’t wait to read the next in the series when it’s released ��

  4. Sounds like a great book to read this summer, I'll make sure to pick up a copy!

  5. Aww, I've heard such great things about this book, definitely one that I'll find a copy and give it a read. Lovely review - it sounds like the characters are really genuine and books are so powerful when you relate to them in that way, isn't it?

    1. It is, I think that's one of the reasons I loved this book so much. The characters really resonated with me.

  6. I love when someone from the community publishes a book and it’s so well loved! I can’t wait to read this myself 😊 wonderful review!

  7. Olivia was definitely my fave too, and I loved Ed! This was such a feel good book loving read :)

  8. I want to read this book so much!!

  9. Great review! Olivia was my favourite too :)

  10. I can't believe I'm so late reading this. This is a brilliant review of an amazing book

  11. I am not much of a contemporary book reader but this one sounds amazing! I can tell that I would just adore this book, and I just added it to my TBR list!


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