The Paper & Hearts Society

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 sparks 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 Ms Simpson’s, or even Henry himself…

Can Tabby let her weird out and live the best bookish life possible?

I received The paper and hearts society in this months Wildest Dreams book box – Find Your Tribe. I had been looking forward to reading it after seeing it on twitter, it looks super cute (I love the cover) and of course my tribe are my book besties so it seemed like a match made in heaven.

Tabby is spending the summer with her grandmother Nancy in Dorset while her parents pack up their house to move there.

The story starts with her grandmother encouraging Tabby to get out of the house. Tabby however is suffering for anxiety and panic attacks, she wants to stay safe and secluded, but her former friend Jess keeps taunting her via social media.

Eventually she is enticed out to the library and in her favourite book, finds a flyer for a book club. A push from Granny and Tabby attends, meeting Olivia, Cassie, Henry, and Ed, forming the paper and hearts society.

While Tabby gains the trust and friendship of her fellow book lovers, she can’t shake Jess, who continues to threaten her happiness, beginning to torment not only Tabby but her new friends.

The Paper and Hearts society plan a literary road trip to visit the homes of their favourites and enjoy some bookish fun. But not everything goes to plan. An argument makes the trip look unlikely, Jess escalates her behaviour, relationships are formed, fractured, and remade. They move past the problems but a new one arises as Tabby’s grandmother is hospitalised.

Stronger than before the gang support each other, everyone settles into their role in the group. Then Ed invites Felix to the next society meeting.

I really enjoyed the paper and hearts society. I think it did a great job of showing bullying and how social media can be used against someone, anxiety, relationships, sexuality. The story builds incredibly well and you feel Tabby’s building fear and anxiety. Tabby’s insecurity about fitting in or not being wanted before finding out everyone has those feelings is so true of all of us.

And now I want to go on a literary road trip with my tribe.

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