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Author: Jordyn Taylor
Publish Date: May 26, 2020
Thank you so much to Harperteen for giving me a copy of Jordyn Taylor’s The Paper Girl of Paris in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss.
Alice’s grandmother has recently died. Her French grandmother, who immigrated to America during WWII, made Alice the sole heir to her inheritance, including a luxurious apartment in the heart of Paris that seemed to have frozen in time. Left with mysterious clues to the past of her grandmother, Alice is determined to know her grandmother, and her great aunt’s story during WWII.
The Paper Girl of Paris is a story about communication within family and immortalizing the stories of those who had been forgotten. It is about uncovering secrets, correcting or making clear of the confusion that, unfortunately, others did not have the chance to know. This is a story of giving voice to the experiences, and to the bravery the youth have shown just for the benefit of their motherland, and the future generations.
When I first read The Paper Girl of Paris, I didn’t know where this will lead. I forgot the summary of the book, so when I first read it, I thought it was about some summer, Parisian love. But it took a whole new turn. It dragged in the first few chapters as it established the characters, setting, theme, and plot. The dual-POV also brought confusion but it went smoothly when I got the hang of the book.
I love the contrast between Alice and Adalyn’s voices. The colors of their voice are clearly established and distinguished. Alice is a mere highschooler in the 21st century, seeking answers to her questions, and Adalyn is from a rich, elite family, who is diligent and who would do anything for her country, and especially, for her sister.
I found Alice’s relationship with Paul too rushed, too obvious, and too forced for my liking. But they have such a cute chemistry together so I can look over that. However, I really loved Adalyn and Luke’s relationship with each other, and it is unfortunate that we had that ending for them, although I think it was the only way their story could have ended.
But what I love the most about this story is the subplot of Alice’s mother’s depression. The execution is wonderfully done. I love how the novel makes importance of communication and frankness among the family. It is also contrasted in Adalyn’s point of view.
The Paper Girl of Paris is a good mix of summer-y, YA Parisian love, and WWII historical romance. It does a great job of comparing two different lives, in two different settings, and weaves it perfectly at the end. The underlying themes of the novel is something we all can understand, no matter our experiences and age. The WWII aspect of this novel is light, nothing gore, and can be enjoyed by YA readers. I would recommend this novel to everyone.