Page by Paige | by Laura Lee Gulledge | Book Review

Okay, so what with the starting of school and whatnot, I didn’t really want to get a hard read from the library. I was hoping for something light, and fun, and easy to read. (By that, I don’t mean like kindergarten language, but something that you don’t have a book-hangover with.)

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Just in case you weren’t sure what I meant by that.

So, I figured, what better book fits that criteria than a graphic novel?! So I went and looked up some good graphic novels online, and my eyes fell upon an interesting-looking book called Page by Paige. It was indeed a graphic novel. As I looked at the blurb and reviews, I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t your typical novel– light-hearted, tells a story, humor, etc. Instead, this book seemed to be more about the narrator, Paige, and her thoughts. It was more introspected, if you know what I mean.

Curious, I put the book on hold and retrieved it from the library a couple days later.

When I began reading it, I realized that it was going to be a very quick read. I’d say that I finished it in like 2 or 3 days, and even then, I only read during lunchtime at school because I have no friends. 😄

Nevertheless, the book was more than enough company for me. It was very deep. Sometimes I related to it, and sometimes, I didn’t. One of my favorite lines in the book went something like this: Sometimes I think I was born with my eyes facing the wrong way. They face the inside of my head.

Or something like that, anyway. But I really related to that line. Although I’ve never had such a thought, it made me realize that that’s exactly what I do. I have more conversations with myself inside my head, rather than with others. But it’s not like I have a choice– remember me saying I had no friends? But to be honest, I don’t mind it too much. I always have myself for company, and sometimes, that’s enough.

Well, with the way I’m talking, you would have thought that it wasn’t a graphic novel, but it’s true! I’ve never seen a graphic novel to be more about someone’s thoughts than events that were happening. An example of the latter would be Smile by Raina Telgemeier, one of my all-time favorite graphic novels. You see, Smile takes place over a long period of time, around four years, whereas Page by Paige took place for just a few months. So that surprised me a little bit.

You may think that I’ve forgotten that there are drawings in a graphic novel, too. Don’t think I forgot. I LOVED the illustrations in this book. They were so beautiful, it’ll make you wonder why they stop putting drawings in YA books. And there was a little thing that I noticed that none of the reviewers mentioned…

The drawings are not all the same. If you’ll notice:

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(This is from the Hebrew version but whatever, I couldn’t find a better one. Also, apparently Hebrew is read right to left, so in the English version, the pages are reversed. Just wanted to let you know.)

Alright, so look carefully at the two Paige’s. See a difference? I did, somewhere halfway into the book. You see, the Paige on the right (left in the English version) is just a regular ol’ comic book character. Clean lines. Minimal shading. But the Paige on the left (right in the English version) is more… dynamic. More complex shapes. Lots of shading. More realistic. This represents the two sides of Paige– the one she thinks others see, a flat, boring, quiet girl who draws, and the Paige she is inside, a brilliant girl with tons of ideas and personalities. The book shows Paige’s journey of realizing that it’s okay to live inside your head, and also of becoming the artist she’s always been.

Hope you guys liked this new style of book review! I personally liked it much better than my old style. Like, comment, share, whatever. See y’all later! 🙂

-Hera

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