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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 Harry N. Abrams
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Sesana
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
Eman
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...more
Chris
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
Nicky
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?!?
Brendan
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.
Michelle
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...more
Samantha
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...more
Marika
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
Malxox ♥
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...more
Emilia P
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 --...more
Christina
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
NaomiRuth
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
Laura
"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
Sara
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
Peacegal
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.”

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Izabelle
***SPOILER ALERT***
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...more
Rachel
I picked this up by accident at the library while browsing the last time, as I was feeling like some new graphic novels and it looked interesting. This journal style graphic novel is about Paige, a shy 16 yr old girl from Charlottesville, Virginia who moves with her writer parents to New York City. It is a huge change for her, not only because she moved in the middle of her junior year of high school but because she doesn't know anyone and it feeling rather lonely. She decides to reinvent hersel...more
Em (Love YA Lit)
Em's review (originally posted at LoveYALit.com):

It’s a new page in the life of Paige Turner (yes, that’s her real name and yes, her parents are writers). Her family has moved from Virginia to New York City, but Paige lives in her head. To the outside observer, she’s the red head who likes to draw. But Paige believes that somewhere inside is the real Paige – the daydreamer, the schemer, the artist. She buys a sketchbook, her first new friend in the city, and within its pages she explores this ne...more
Christina
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...more
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...more
Vmeowmuffins

-Laura Lee Gulledge-

A book review


“And yes, I know how ironic it is to wave to a blind man.”

If you have wandered through the pages of Flipped, ( Wendelin Von Draanen ) or The Theory of Everything, ( J. J. Johnson ) you will love the detailed storyline and be thrilled by its relatable characters. ( As I am. )
Paige Turner is the fascinating main character from this teen graphic novel, ( but all you grown ups will love her too. ) We find her in disarray trying to cull a life in the city full of peop...more
Nichole
Page by Paige is the fictitious sketchbook of a young teen that has moved from West Virginia to New York City. Laura Lee Gulledge has done an excellent job of capturing the insecurities of every 15 year old girl. Paige is timid and unsure of her artistic abilities, which is shown in clever, self-doubting, self-portraits and sketches. Paige has a difficult and stained relationship with her mother, which she also takes to the sketchbook to work out. Being the new girl in school, and obviously not...more
Bryan
The design in this book is great, perfectly balancing a harder modernist tendency with a more flowy Japanese anything goes framing style. These styles reflect the two inner states of the titular character Paige. Though the design is superb, the plot falls a little flat. Girl moves to the city and finds herself via help from sketchbook and first kiss. I’d rather watch Gilmore Girls. I’m sure Page by Paige will inspire rich white girls everywhere to have the self confidence to post their drawings...more
Lainie Lawrence
Really good book. About a girl who is scared of everything she does. She is a worrier.
Lisa Jenn Bigelow
What a lovely book about so many things dear to my heart: the creative process, adolescence, being a bit of an oddball. What's more, Page by Paige uses visual metaphor more effectively and beautifully than just about any graphic novel I've read. The other day I saw one of my regular child patrons with it, and she covered it up, embarrassed. "Why are you hiding it?" I asked. "I thought it was a great book." "Me, too," she confessed. "I've already read it, like, five times." I hope we see more fro...more
Rachel Nabors
I have a tendency to leave rave reviews or scathing reviews. This book deserves neither. But in a good way.

But first, consider that I'm now older than the intended audience. I was making comics of my own for the young adult sector a little before this was published. I can look back on those comics now and see weaknesses in my character development. I think this young author has some weaknesses of her own, but that she was able to tell a coherent story at all, is still a feat.

Also, I don't care f...more
Andressa
Paige Turner (her parents are writers) just moved from Virginia to New York, and at age 16, she feels lost. She buys a sketchbook, hoping to find solace in her artwork. Unfortunately, she can't come up with anything worth drawing about. But she decides to take her insecurities head on when she gets in with a cool group of friends at school. With the support of her new friends, the exhilaration of a boyfriend, working things out with her parents, and the excitement of being in a new place, Paige...more
Sarah Cohen
Can Pages in a Sketch Book Teach Some Valuable Lessons?

This book was very insightful because the main character of the book has given the reader some very relatable topics to think about when going through our everyday lives.
The main character, Paige has just moved to New York and doesn’t know what to feel. She feels mixed emotions about how she is going to fit in, and also she doesn’t like the fact that her mother makes it seem like everything is going to be okay and swell, when nothing was r...more
Aziza
What would it be like to move to a new city, have new friends and be different? Well that is what Paige goes threw. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I thought that this book was actually really good.

The setting of this book is in New York City. Paige the main character of this book is a self-absorbed girl until she meets 3 new friends who are Longo,Jules,and Gabe. Ever Since Paige moved to New York she never really talked to anyone and just lived inside her head. Whenever Paige would...more
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 4.5.

I participated in NaNoWriMo last November, and completed the thing somehow. 57k words when it was all said and done.

Now the manuscript sits in a tab, waiting to actually be rewritten and looked over, never mind be shopped to agents. Part of that is personal issues, to be sure, but part of it is also, definitely, a crisis of confidence of sorts where I figure people don't care, that it's not any good, and on and on and on.

Page by Paige is, largely, a book about exactly that. A sto...more
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