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Page by Paige

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  6,135 Ratings  ·  739 Reviews
Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she's having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal part ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Amulet Paperbacks
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May 29, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, comics
I wasn't expecting this book to be as thoughtful as it is. I love how Paige expresses her feelings in her sketchbook, and how the visuals work with the words. The story is simple enough, in that new-girl-in-school subgenre. Paige and her friends are likeable and have real personality. Paige wanting so badly to draw while feeling so insecure about sharing her art is something that I'm sure a lot of people can relate to. I think that artistically inclined readers would enjoy this even more than I ...more
If you're looking for a corny book about a country-turned-city girl with a excessively low self-esteem, look no further!


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But really, I'm still looking for that one graphic novel that will blow my senses away. Better luck next time.
Oct 26, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, graphic, life
Wow! This has to be one of the best depictions I’ve come across of the interior mental life of a shy, introverted, creative, insecure, reflective mind. There’s a little bit of adjustment to the style for the first few pages, because they’re meditative as much as narrative and warm up to telling the story just as you warm up to reading it; it takes Paige a while to find her voice. What’s there immediately is her ability to use her pictures and art to expose her thought process, how she interprets ...more
Apr 07, 2013 Eman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There are many times that I've caught myself thinking "I'm not an actual writer. How dare I share my work with others? How dare I even think that my work is good enough? What if my work is horrible? ... etc." I think this novel is great for any aspiring artist, author or songwriter. It comes to show many of us that we can't grow with all the self doubt and pessimism.

I only picked up Page by Paige because I've always wanted to read a graphic novel and I'm glad I did. It's simple, easy to follow
Ignore the corny-ass title. This book is sooo cute you can’t look at it straight on. You have to open one eye and peak at it or you’ll dissolve into molecules. Paige is like a NYC-based Angela Chase - an introverted, insecure teenage girl who falls in with a bunch of hipsters and learns all about love, life, and what it means to be an artist. Why didn’t books like this exist when I was in high school?!?
This is one of the best graphic novels I have read since Blankets by Craig Thompson (which is my standard for judging all graphic novels because it is amazing and blows me away everytime I read it).

Paige is a teenager and has just moved to New York from Virginia with her parents who both work as writers. She's awkward and struggles to find herself through her artwork she keeps in a sketchbook. Before long, she makes some awesome friends and bravely shares her artwork with the world via the Inter
Emilia P
Oct 23, 2011 Emilia P rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
Ok, two is totally too harsh. But reading other people's reviews, I get the sense more and more that this is a graphic novel written for non-graphic-novel readers, and furthermore, written to too many YA specs that give it that flat after-school-special-with-just-enough-edge flavor. New York! It's so edgy and full of inspiration! Parents! Sometimes they get mad at you and wear proverbial "masks"! Let's put art in trees! Oh! Those crazy artistic teens!

Something about the basic message of this --
Oct 23, 2011 Brendan rated it really liked it
A really charming graphic novel. Yes, it's about a girl who moves to New York from Virginia, but it's really about how to live a creative life and still get outside of your own head from time to time. The art is great and does a great job of taking us inside Paige's head. And I really liked that this is a relatively small, quiet, and simple story that's sweet without being treacly. I really enoyed it.
Mar 31, 2016 Nadine rated it really liked it
Paige feels a bit lost since her parents moved her from the countryside to New York, missing her friends and without a purpose. So she starts a scrapbook and puts her emotions and thoughts to paper. As we follow her life a lot of her drawings are appearantly involved into the „pictoral narrative“. The art and imagination is really amazing. I loved the way feelings were put into images.
The story itself didn't offer that much more than a teenage girl feeling lost and searching for herself. And it
Jun 30, 2011 Marika rated it liked it
Before you read this review, I just want you to know what my biases are. I went to art school and hold a BFA in illustration with minors in art history and creative writing (the path Gulledge's character Paige might take, though she most definitely would be an SVA or New School kid). I want you to know this because I've observed more than my fair share of angsty art school stuff, personal comics, and feelings of isolation due to artistic difference. These sorts of things either get snuffed out i ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Mal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Wonderful, wondeful book! I absolutly loved reading Page by Paige, and not just because Paige just so happens to be the name of someone very close to me, but because it was INSPIRING. It was a story told through pictures (as well as words) that people can relate to.

This book really grabs me by the heart, I'm like Paige in so many ways it's... it's really very odd to me that I was able to find a book that I can relate to like I did this one. I saw this book and automatically wanted to read it, h
Jan 08, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing
This book epitomizes how a graphic novel can use the power of illustration to tell a typical coming of age story in a compelling manner - the illustrations are so unique and creative and help propel our understanding of the character as she struggles to find her place, figure out what is important to her, and work through issues with her mom - I loved this so much I bought a copy for my daughter.
Dec 06, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it
It is not often that the heroine of a book is a shy, over-sheltered, socially awkward introvert. As someone who was and is all of those things, I was pleased to see “us” get some props. I have a feeling the author may have been writing from experience. And I must say I loved the illustration of the teddy bear “pity party.”

Leigh Collazo
REVIEW: How gorgeous is this book? The surreal illustrations really make Paige's already-interesting story pop. Through her artwork, we get to see a side of Paige that her friends and parents do not see. Paige's art shows us that she is insecure, scared, brave, happy, sad, moody, shy, proud, and confused all in the midst of just a few pages or days. This is the realistic life of a modern teen, and I think many young girls will relate to Paige. Though she is moody and unfair to her mother at time ...more
Kaylin Hoover
Nov 26, 2014 Kaylin Hoover rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jaysa Melton
Recommended to Kaylin by: Shelby Tincher
This book was about a girl named Paige. And she was so shy she had to by a sketchbook just so she could get all of her emotions out. So lets get away from emotions. She is a girl who moved from Virginia to New York. She hated switching schools because she only had a few friends and she didn't want to have to find new friends because it was hard enough trying to find her first ones. But on her first day she had already made 3 friends their names are Jules, Gabe, and Longo. So back to the skechboo ...more
Galilea Estrada
I really like this book because I really like art. And has photos of art that she draw. Its really interesting to me its not that girly.
This is a good book. I like how paige inspires herself at the end.
Sep 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It is definitely a graphic novel for teens. It's even safe enough for tweens to read.

It's about an introverted young artist who moved from Virginia to NYC. She makes friends and get a boyfriend. The framing device for each chapter is artistic advice from her grandmother, which she follows each month. It works well with the twin themes of artistic and personal growth.

It resonated with me because of artistic growth and how some introverts are self-focus
Aug 17, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing
I love this book, oh did I love this book. Page by Paige isn't the typical graphic novel in format. It's a little more free-flowing as there are many pages without panels. The author does a brilliant job of combining the artwork with the main character's emotions as the main character, Paige, is an artist and the GN reads like a combination of her diary and sketchbook.

Paige's parents have uprooted her from her life in Charlottesville, VA and moved to Brooklyn. Forced to start over with new frie
Jillian Heise
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

I haven't read as many graphic novels as I would like to, but this is absolutely one of my favorites I've ever read, and I don't think that will chance no matter how many I read! I'm so thankful that I saw Paul Hankins talking about it on twitter because when I saw in the booth at NCTE, I snapped it up right away. This is the kind of graphic novel I know I'll be able to hook my students with. It has quite a bit of girl appeal as Paige is a
Nov 06, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovels
Sixteen year old Paige has just moved to New York City with her parents and feels very shy and alone, in this beautifully drawn graphic novel. She buys a sketchbook to draw about her feelings, as she tries to make new friends and make her way around the city. She tries to follow her grandmother's 9 rules that she came up with as she taught herself to be a painter, things like "Draw a few pages every week," and "Draw what you know; if you feel it or see it, draw it." "Listen to what's going on in ...more
Jun 07, 2011 NaomiRuth rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Eh... I don't know. I liked it well enough I suppose. Some of the drawings were magnificent. But Graphic Novels still creep me out for some reason. Plus, I don't like my YA to have the word Orgy in them. I think that's uncomfortable. I'm just glad this was shelved under YA, because at BEA I met Ms. Gulledge (who was super nice by the way) and the discussion made it sound like it was for Middle Grade. I don't think it is quite that appropriate. And maybe I am just old fashioned. And maybe I do wa ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
"Page by Paige" is a graphic novel about a small town creative girl moving to the big apple with her family. Paige is initially a little shy about expressing herself. She is a girl who lives in her head. She has tons of thoughts and ideas she shys away from sharing. But little by little, she opens up, through her artwork. This graphic novel is similar to the graphic novel, "Plain Janes." To me, it was everything that the "Plain Janes," wasn't. Both books focus on self discovery, being relocated ...more
I really liked this graphic novel! The story was fairly standard (shy-ish self conscious girl moves to the big city and figures our her social world, artistic world, and comes to terms with herself), but I really loved how it used the medium. This is one of the first graphic novels I've seen that REALLY takes advantage of the fact that art is versatile. It kind of reminded me of early film, when it was expressionistic and surreal, and didn't just try to mimic reality. Instead of merely telling t ...more
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok
After moving from Virginia to New York City, artist Paige feels out of place and alone, but she wants to use this move to help her solidify her identity and become the person she sees herself as -- with the help of her new friends. The art is pretty and this may be a great graphic novel for readers new to comics. Paige is very introspective; when she frets over pushing herself to create and then showing her work to others, it's easy to relate, especially for other creators (I'm a writer).

That sa
Angelica Garcia
Apr 23, 2015 Angelica Garcia rated it it was amazing
A very cool book, and artistic like if you are really artistic and have a creative mind you will get the book. Me in the other hand did not get most of the book because I am not very creative or artistic. My favorite part of the book was when Paige and Gabe fell in love it was soo cute.
Allegra Green
The first time I tried to get this book out of the library I couldn't find it. I asked the librarian who looked it up on the computer, I told her it was a young adult graphic novel. We checked the whole YA section, including the paperback racks and couldn't find it anywhere. And then I went on to suggest maybe it was misshelved in the children's section since it's a 'comic' type book. She said 'oh you can check, but more than likely it's been stolen, that happens a lot around here'. :o This was ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Izabelle rated it really liked it
I guess in a way being to yourself is good but holding it all in in my opinion is not. The genre of this story is realistic fiction because the events that took place can happen in real life. I really liked this book because it was like a journal of drawings that connect to me.

In the story a girl named Paige Turner (her parents are writers) and her parents had just moved to New York so since she is new and alone Paige finds comfort in a journal where she sketches her feelin
Apr 04, 2015 Licha rated it it was ok
Artwork: 5 stars. Way too cute and the detail is amazing if you really take the time to look at it.

Story: 2 stars. I felt like I was supposed to think Paige was this amazing and unique girl that was misunderstood. The author didn't let me figure this out for myself. It was like she was trying to convince me of the fact: Look at me. If you take the time to get to know me you'll see how awesome and cool I really am.

Storywise, not much going on. New girl in town. Will she make it? Will she find ne
Hienovarainen sarjakuvaromaani introvertin teinitytön elämästä ja muutosta uuteen kaupunkiin. Paige on tottunut pitämään päväkirjaa piirtämällä muistikirjaan. Tämä muisti- tai luonnoskirja on tärkeässä osassa tässä sarjakuvaromaanissa, sillä osa juonesta etenee Paigen tekemien piirrosten kautta. Paige tutustuu kahden pojan ja yhden tytön porukkaan, käy koulua ja tekee kavereidensa kanssa erilaisia juttuja samalla kun kertoo piirrosten kautta omista sisäisistä ajatuksistaan ja tuntemuksistaan.

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Laura Lee Gulledge is the author and illustrator of YA graphic novels Page by Paige and Will & Whit. (Eisner & Harvey Award nominee) She is currently developing Will & Whit as an innovative LED-infused DIY musical for teens, as well as a cross-disciplinary Artner After-School Program for middle schoolers with her inspiring Artners.

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