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My Paper Heart

My Paper Heart

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by Magan Vernon

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There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.

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


There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.

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**

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Self-proclaimed geek-to-glam poster child who channels her inner geek by writing science fiction for teens. Even though she slept with a night light until she was in middle school for fear of alien attacks. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in central Illinois where she still sleeps with a night light...just in case.

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My Paper Heart 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
FaithSullivan More than 1 year ago
By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. Magan Vernon was speaking my language. That sense of being lost (when everyone else seems to have it all figured out) spoke to me. Libby is vulnerable and out of options despite the fact that she's young and her future should appear limitless. She's flunked out of college trying to be something she's not, a self-obsessed sorority girl. Her parents send her to her Aunt Dee's house in Louisiana in order to find herself and get her life back on track. This time away allows her to get reacquainted with who she truly is, while boosting her confidence and shifting her priorities. And of course, there's Blaine, the road crew worker with a heart of gold whose love allows the 'real' Libby to shine forth. He has his own demons that he's battling, but together they work through the issues holding them back in order to embrace the future together. Having Libby be the aggressive one in the relationship makes for an interesting dynamic. She pushes him to make their status 'Facebook official,' and Blaine even holds off on getting physical until he feels the moment's right. He's a reformed ladies man, and he's going to take things at his own pace, no matter how frustrating it is for Libby. But Libby's no angel, either. And I admire an author who has the courage to construct a main character who is flawed. She's judgmental and overly critical of others. Yet it serves as nice counterbalance for showing how uncomfortable she is with herself. She wouldn't be so harsh with her opinions of what people are wearing or how their is styled, if she felt at home in her own skin. Her defense mechanisms kick in when she feels like a fish out of water, and it's only when she begins to fall in love with Blaine that she no longer notices his bleached hair or his muddy work boots. She just sees him. However, Magan paints a picture as to why Libby acts the way she does. She was an outcast in high school who was nothing more than a tall and gawky band geek. In college, she was hazed by having to stand in her underwear while her boyfriend drew circles on her legs with a Sharpie while criticizing her 'thunder thighs.' Her past certainly didn't foster the creation of a healthy self-esteem. And that's why, her transformation from an outcast to a ditzy blonde to her true, authentic self is so engaging. You can't help pulling for her as she corrects her course realizing that the path she was on was only dragging her down. All she needed was people who cared about her and believed in what she could accomplish in order to set her straight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really cute book with a great ending.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Magan Vernon, author of the young adult My Alien Romance series, ventures into the burgeoning New Adult genre. Her sassy female lead, Libby, puts the 'fun' in funny and makes My Paper Heart an extremely entertaining read! Libby's story will reach the hearts of young women in many walks of life. She's lost, vulnerable, and drowning in the woes of a negative self-image. Until she's sent to Louisiana, as punishment for failing out of her first year of college, Libby doesn't know what it's like to be comfortable in her own skin. This coming-of-age story will captivate readers between its strong romance, tear-jerking moments, and everyday teenage worries. The content of the novel is meant for upper YA readers, yet Vernon stays true to the teenage voice. When it comes to talk of sexual conduct, the characters speak in a way so as to not stray from the novel's intended audience. The language and content isn't too graphic for readers who enjoy mature themes in young adult fiction. One wish for this story is that Vernon delved a little deeper into Libby's tendency to purge food after eating. It's referred to throughout the novel, but the possible consequences weren't explored, leaving the situation slightly overlooked. Readers will beg for more of Libby's growing personality and eccentric, but lovable, family. My Paper Heart is highly recommended! *eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so hard to put down! !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
story was beautifully written & kept you interested, but i think Libby was overreacting with Blaine, even considering what she's been through, it was just too much.
SairaM More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that after reading the first one you have to get the next ones in the series to find out how the story will end. I'm really hoping for a happy ending for Blaine and Libby. There were some down points to the story like Libby sex crazed self, and how dumb she's made out to be, I would have wanted her to be at least smarter in school even if her social status was her cause for all her issues. Give it a chance though, by the end of the story I was hooked and wanted more of their story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book, but a quick cute read.
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Not bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book, but I think the ending was too abrupt and left you wondering.
csingh More than 1 year ago
What happens when a spoiled princess gets a taste of a different life? Well that's what happens to Libby Gentry who's sent to been banished to Elsbury, Louisiana for getting kicked out of college for having bad grades. It's tough going from five star living to no star living, but Libby swears she's gonna make it. Having Blaine Crabtree around sure helps... I really enjoyed seeing Libby grow as a person. She not only learned about caring for others but also finding out about herself. It was also really easy to like Blaine. He's the true Southern gentleman that all women secretly want. This book is not just about Libby or Blaine. It's about fighting inner demons, stereotypes, self images, our pasts, and so many more things. There are a few points where I felt the story could have been stronger, but overall the book is enjoyable and great read. I'm intrigued because this is the first book in a series, and I'm eager to read about what happens next!