Paper Girl

Paper Girl

by Cindy R. Wilson


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ISBN-13: 9781640631878
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 345,697
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She's the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels.

Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You'll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.

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Paper Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lenorewastaken 5 days ago
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 3.5 stars — This one left me with muddled thoughts and feelings, so rating it is a bit hard for me. I’m finding it hard to articulate how I feel, but I’m going to try…this is just your warning. Basically, I enjoyed myself, but I also wasn’t blown away. I think I expected the mental health aspects to play a stronger role, but the romance, strangely enough, was the highlight for me. So yeah. The thing about Zoe, and her anxiety (or agoraphobia?) is that we never really get a clear idea of what she’s suffering from. Which is not to say we don’t get any idea…there’s actually some really great descriptions of what she’s going through, how her panic attacks get triggered, what she’s afraid of. (And as an aside, can I just say that I appreciated that it wasn’t as a result of some great trauma, because I don’t think everyone who suffers from anxiety necessarily has a triggering event.) And we also see her new therapist talking about cognitive behavioral therapy a bit (like when she said they needed to help retrain her thinking), but other than that, there wasn’t a lot of depth there. Like, we never learn about her coping mechanisms, or any other steps she’s taking to help deal. I felt like we got just enough to have it be an integral part of Zoe, but not enough for me to feel like it could be influential for teens. I honestly can’t speak for whether this depiction, and the consequential development/healing journey was realistic or not. Honestly, it truly felt like we were working on a fictional timeline (ie things moved fairly quickly), and that can give unrealistic expectations to readers who might be suffering from the same thing. But honestly, I’m no expert…it’s just how I felt when I was finished. I guess I just wasn’t sure what I was going to get with the mental health side of this story, and I felt that in the end the way it was addressed was rather light. It was there, we saw aspects, but in some ways it was overshadowed by the romance for me. Now, I loved the romance, it was a total highlight for me, so woop woop for that, it’s just that I was surprised. Now saying all that, I appreciated that Zoe wasn’t magically healed by love, and understood that she needed to make the changes for her. So that was a bonus. Jackson was an interesting character, because unlike Zoe who wanted to get better but was just afraid, he seemed to be oblivious to his own issues and what he needed to do to fix them. I found that to be a fascinating twist, that he was just as screwed up as Zoe. And I felt like he still didn’t really confront all that was messed up about his choices to keep his homelessness a secret. I didn’t really get a nice resolution with his Dad…it was just sort of okay all of a sudden. I felt like I needed something more there. Like, did Jackson even learn anything in the end? Their romance was totally sweet though. I loved the way they moved from crushing to flirting to more…it was a believable transition, and I got a lot of sweet butterflies from it. Obviously I grew frustrated with both of them for wanting to help the other but not wanting to accept help themselves. And I was frustrated with Jackson for not respecting Zoe’s need to do things on her own…and I felt like I wasn’t sure Jackson ever understood why she needed that. So there were ups and downs in their relationship as well, but on the whole I just loved t
BooksDirect 6 days ago
Zoe is a sixteen-year-old shut-in, while Jackson is seventeen and homeless. She never leaves her house, while he doesn’t even have a house. They are total opposites, but they find each other through an online chess game, where they tell each other their most intimate secrets, not thinking that they could ever meet. Little do they realize that they already know each other. What will happen when Jackson discovers Zoe’s secret identity? Can a relationship be built on lies? And what will happen when the truth eventually comes out? Will Zoe forgive Jackson? Will she ever be able to conquer her fears and live a life in the real world? These questions, and more, will be answered in this cute romance with serious undertones. The story is told from the points-of-view of Zoe and Jackson, interspersed with their online chess chats. They’re both extremely likable characters in heartbreaking situations. But you just can’t help but feel optimistic that these two damaged souls with help each other heal. I loved the part Gina plays in Zoe’s recovery, especially when we find out why she does what she does. Warnings: mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (7 December):
Lisa_Loves_Literature 7 days ago
This book was a real page-turner. Both of the characters were really developed in a way that you felt all of their pain and anxiousness. I know that I was rooting for both to figure out that the other was actually their anonymous chess partner online, but until they did, it was very interested to see just how much they'd share. Reading the descriptions of Zoe's paper galaxy made me want to actually see pictures of it. I did my best to picture them in my head, but I'm sure I had nothing anywhere close to what it actually should have been. Jackson's life was a hard one. It was very sad to read about him living in his car. But I guess even sadder is that there are actually kids probably doing that all the time. I was glad to see what happened with his dad went the way it did. Once in a while it is nice for there to be happy endings all around if possible. I loved Zoe's mother, she was such a fun character. Her sister Mae, definitely made me mad at times, but that was because she was so realistic, just like a real sister probably would be. I feel like this book did a great job with showcasing so many different types of issues that teens today might deal with, and it kept me reading and wishing and hoping for the HEA. This is one I will definitely put on my list of books to order for my library with budget money in the future.
etoile1996 7 days ago
meet zoe king: chess champion; origami master; sister to mae; completely and utterly afraid to leave her house. then there's jackson: homeless, but driven; smart about math and physics; wants to get a degree in astronomy; totally into zoe. when jackson is hired to be zoe's tutor, he's thrilled to finally have an in to talk to her. zoe, on the other hand, is trying not to have a panic attack. but jackson wants to help zoe. as he begins to get a fuller picture of her issues, he wants to assist her in overcoming them. and he does provide a lot of motivation for her. paper girl explores these really interesting characters in a really engaging way. i loved jackson and zoe. homeless and homebound, they should seem like total opposites, but they fit each other in just the right way. **paper girl will publish on december 4, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.
christokes 8 days ago
It has been quite some time since I have indulged in a contemporary YA novel, and this one was the PERFECT choice. Paper Girls is a poignant and beautiful story, one that had me engaged and, at times, dabbing my eyes, as I read this story about Zoe and Jackson. It is amazing how a book can be so relevant yet not high handed. Paper Girls is about finding yourself, being kind to yourself, and learning who you are in the face of impossible obstacles. It is filled with hard situations, unforgiving problems, and a world that is broken. But the beauty of this story is that human nature gives each person a choice: to rise above and overcome.  Zoe was not what I was expecting. Her innocence is stunning because it is balanced by real issues. Nothing about her is contrived and who she was and the life she lead hit me right in the feels (so to speak). As someone who deals with anxiety, this story shares the realities and the fears so well. It sheds a light on the frustrations of everyone, those who struggle and those who love them. It was amazing to watch her fight for more and slide back, only to rally and take another step. Readers find themselves obligated to cheer this young girl on, knowing she is the true heroine of her story.  Jackson was not what I expected. The more his character grew, the more you want to get in the ring and fight for him. The pure tenacity of this young man is so well represented in this story. He is lively and determined, despite the hardships he has faced and continues to face. Zoe and Jackson are drawn to each other, in a way that is wholly innocent and sweet. Their desire to support one another is selfless, and the realization that they alone can overcome their problems is profound.  Cindy R Wilson, you are a genius. If all contemporary YA stories were like this, I would have  new favorite genre. Paper Girls is a story that will touch your heart and leave you filled to the brim with hope, love, and perspective. This book is NOT to be missed! 
UpAllNightBB 8 days ago
4 Paper Stars! Review by Nancy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson is an intriguing story about a young girl with agoraphobia and social anxiety as well as a young boy trying to make his mark on the world— even after the world keeps knocking him down. Captivating and authentic, this is a very enjoyable read. How do you deal with life when it becomes too much, too scary? Zoe hasn’t left her house in over a year and Jackson is living in his car because he can’t go home. Zoe has created her own world and has filled it with origami. It wasn’t until Jackson came into her life that she wanted more than to just exist in her room. They are both fighting battles that most teenagers aren’t even aware of. Both Zoe and Jackson find solace in playing chess online. They start an online relationship not knowing that they already know each other in person. Jackson and Zoe were so sweet together. I loved that the romance didn’t take over the book, it was just enough to make the story interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters as they developed in front of my eyes. I loved being able to follow their journey to self discovery and healing. The book was written in a way that just flowed. I was intrigued and wanted to keep reading. Definitely not the usual YA I read, but I found myself enjoying the story more and more as I continued to read.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Paper Girl” by Cindy R. Wilson was really nice young adult fiction. This book is about serious problems like anxiety, agoraphobia, homelessness, an addicted parent. This is not what the average teenager should be facing. But you must know that even in such dark circumstances there is always room for love. In this case, the first love that gives you wings, more faith in yourself and hopes for a happy ending. This book is pro therapy so I recommended it not only to regular YA fans but also to teenagers with agoraphobia and social anxiety problems.
SaraOxo 9 days ago
Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson a five-star read that will rip you into pieces. What a book, I honestly didn’t expect this to be as amazing as it was, it had me in tears several times not just sad tears either. This was so nicely done, as we read Zoe’s story you will get drawn in and realise that everyone at some point in their lives could be a paper boy or girl, ripped apart so easily and at times pieced together again just as easy. This is a deep story but also at times comedically funny and so entertaining that you will love every page. When you read the description of the paper room and they are in such descriptive details that you can see the comets on the walls. This story will have you looking up origami and if you are anything like me trying to find easy pieces to try out. I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I will be making sure to check anything she releases as I can’t get enough of this writing. If you have ever suffered from anxiety then this novel will speak to you, and if you know anyone with anxiety this will help you to understand them better, Cindy R. Wilson has a great talent for showing you the good, the bad and the beautiful of anxiety and how to deal with it.
onemused 9 days ago
3.5 stars "Paper Girl" is a sweet YA contemporary romance that follows Zoe (a.k.a Rogue2015) and Jackson (a.k.a BlackKNIGHT). They had interacted a couple years before, and it had changed their paths. Zoe had mentioned chess, and Jackson had mentioned astronomy. As a result, Zoe is making paper origami art of the solar system, and Jackson joined Chess Challenge online. They frequently play the other without knowing who the person is behind the screen name. In that time, both of their lives have changed. Zoe has severe social anxiety, which has led her to be house confined- she hasn't left the house in over a year. Even inside the house, she avoids other people unless she absolutely needs to interact with them. Her parents have hired therapists to come to the house to help her work on it. Jackson's mother died of a brain tumor and since then, his father's drug and alcohol abuse have gotten out of control. Two years before, he moved out of the house and just stops by for his mail and bills, so that social services won't put him in foster care. He lives in his car and spends most of his time at the library and Starbucks. He works odd jobs, like tutoring so that he can have money to pay for his cell phone and car insurance, and also to pay for college. Zoe has a goal of going to her sister's graduation. Jackson wants to make it to 18 and go to college fully paid with scholarships for which he is applying. Zoe would love to avoid everyone, even Jackson, the boy she has long had a crush on, but as she is failing math and physics, her mother has hired Jackson to tutor her. Cue the cute romance! Chapters are told with the conversations between them on Chess Challenge, then Zoe and then Jackson- a format that really works well. Their romance was very cute and the writing moves fast. However, I wish the social anxiety was addressed in a better way. Zoe's sister, Mae, tells her frequently to just get over it. Zoe accepts this- and seems to think her therapist would say the same. If so, her therapist is not really doing a great job. You wouldn't tell someone with cancer or another disease/illness to just get over it, so why would mental illness be any different? The therapy we see is minimal- I am assuming the idea is exposure therapy. However, the therapy sessions are maybe too brief, and we don't really see her help Zoe with coping techniques (what to do when a panic attack happens or strategies to revise her thinking). Considering the severity (hasn't left house in over a year), I would also expect some kind of medication to be necessary. Maybe Zoe is on medication, but none of this is mentioned in the book, so I am not sure. Instead, the therapist seems to help her set goals without giving her clear skills or anything to help accomplish them. I think it would have been a much stronger book if we could have seen how she gets the help and treatments she needs to accomplish the goals set for her (even if these were happening behind the scenes, bringing them to the foreground/having them be more explicit would be helpful). Overall, I think it was a cute romance, but I would have liked to have also seen some clearer treatment for Zoe that would aid her in accomplishing her goals. Jackson's story is also very sad, but it was less prominent in the book; I think it was handled OK, and I was glad Zoe talked to her parents (a good strategy for such an issue) even if that didn't help in the resolution. The pacing and writing was great and really
Danii_045 9 days ago
The idea of a story about Agoraphobia has always intrigued me and when I read the synopsis for Paper girl I knew I had to get my hands on it. I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint. Zoe is our paper girl. She likes crafting with paper and has made an out of this world solar system. She also likes playing chess. All her hobbies can be done in the home. In fact, everything she does can be done in the home. Zoe hasn’t left her house in over a year. Her anxiety has taken over her life. She is missing out on a normal life. She is homeschooled. Her sister desperately wants her to attend her graduation. Zoe wants to play online chess with Black knight and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist. Jackson is the top of his class. He’s a good kid and keeps his head down. After his Mum died, Jackson’s Dad lost control of his life. He started a downward spiral of alcohol and drugs. Jackson needed to get out of the situation and now lives in his car. He spends most of his days in the library when he’s not at school. His life isn’t perfect but he’s trying his best to get a college scholarship with maximum funding. He tutors for extra cash and plays online chess for fun. These two have lots in common but they are also opposites. Ones a math genius the other needs a tutor. Ones homeless the other never leaves her home. They both love chess and have taken up each other’s interests. They have two relationships. They know each other but they also have an anonymous online relationship. Both need to be brave and change their lives. This is a story of struggle but also romance. The story is intriguing and touching. This book for me was perfect. The story was something I wanted to read about and the author executed it beautifully. 5 stars out of 5. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.