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Page by Paige

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  8,726 ratings  ·  1,006 reviews
Everyone sees a quiet redhead who draws things. But when I close my eyes, I'm laughing and screaming and scheming and daydreaming.
New city. New friends. New Paige?

When Paige's parents move her family from Virginia to New York City, Paige doesn't know where she fits in anymore. At first, the only thing keeping her company is her notebook, where she pours her worries an
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Amulet Paperbacks
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life, ya, graphic
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
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.
This book really makes me wish for a half-star option. It was a solid 3-1/2 for me, rounded up because I liked looking at it so much.
Paige Turner and her writer parents (writers with an awful sense of humor...) move from North Carolina to Brooklyn halfway through Paige's frosh or sophomore year of high school (she's 15, but that's all that's given away). Paige likes to draw, so she buys a sketchbook and promises herself that she'll do at least a few drawings a week. She's definitely her parents
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, young-adult
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
Emilia P
Oct 11, 2011 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 --
Sassy Sedusa
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I was a teenager I used to love to draw. I wasn't very good but I still drew. As I grew older I lost interest and moderation. Every time I would get the moderation to draw, I draw a blank. Reading this book has inspired me to get back into what I loved doing. ...more
Honesty! I can say that Laura really bares her soul here and the lessons life has taught her. I feel she is very honest in what she talks about. We are all naturally self-centered and this brings that out. I love the art work to go with the honesty and how she blends her daydreams into her thoughts. It really is charming and brilliant.

She has the creative zest of youth. I truly enjoyed reading this little book and I will miss seeing what is lurking in the head of Paige. This is a strong work and
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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?!?
Kate (GirlReading)
4.5* Wow. I think it's safe to say I adored this. I had no idea what to expect from this when I picked it up. I'd heard absolutely nothing about it and received is as a gift for my birthday and I was pleasantly surprised. I think this book may just be the definition of 'pleasantly surprising', if you just change 'pleasantly' to 'oh my gosh, this was fantastic. How did I not know about this and why am I only just reading it?' surprising. Simply put, I adored it. This was almost painfully relatabl ...more
Apr 07, 2013 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
This is a good book. I like how paige inspires herself at the end.
May 16, 2012 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
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
Jun 30, 2011 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
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
Naomi Ruth
Jun 07, 2011 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
Dec 05, 2011 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.”

Oct 23, 2011 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. ...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.
I honestly did not expect to like this graphic novel as much as I did. I was downcast right before reading it, and it really helped me to sort out my feelings and think about what is inside myself. I love being pleasantly surprised, especially by a comic book. Trust me, it is not as plain or "seen/read-it" as it might appear.

'Page by Paige' is a coming-of-age semi-autobiographical book about art, growing up and the fears that come with it, searching for inspiration, the awakening of creativity,
Althea J.
GET THIS BOOK INTO THE HANDS OF THE CREATIVE 13-yr-olds IN YOUR LIFE!! I mean, I’m 40 and loved it to pieces, so it’s not *limited* to that age group by any means!! I’m just imagining that my 13-yr-old self could’ve really benefit from encountering this beautifully told story. And I could’ve especially used the push to be comfortable actively expressing myself (still could!).

The main character/author’s art is a glorious visual representation of the inner process we all go through when trying to
This is a comic book style graphic novel for teens. Paige has moved with her parents from the mountains of Virginia to NYC. She misses the natural beauty of her home and her best friend to the point of feeling overwhelmed and anxious. She feels she can't talk to her parents at all and feels very very alone until she meets a group of friends who are artistic misfits like herself and they set out to explore Paige's creativity- and their own.

This book is OK. Paige really really suffers from bad an
Trigger warnings: nothing that I can think of??

2.5 stars.

I picked this up for the Contemporaryathon and the challenge to read a contemporary graphic novel. And I read it cover to cover in about 45 minutes, know. There's that.

But I have to say, I didn't really care for this. The art was solid. But the whole story - despite dealing with the protagonist's emotions over moving to a new city and being away from her friends and struggling in social situations - just felt a little...surface
Christina Getrost
Nov 06, 2012 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
Sep 27, 2012 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 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
Kaylin Hoover
Nov 20, 2014 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
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
Apr 12, 2014 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
Mar 30, 2016 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
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LAURA LEE GULLEDGE is an Eisner Award nominated author, illustrator, and active teaching artist. She is the creator of the YA graphic novels Page by Paige, Will & Whit, and The Dark Matter of Mona Starr (April 2020, Abrams Books) in addition to her interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist. 

Laura Lee also enjoys exploring comics journalism, interactive event product

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