Title: My Paper Heart
Author: Magan Vernon
Published August 2012
There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.
Now to appease her parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique store in tiny Elsbury, Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.
As Libby’s feelings for Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she may not survive Blaine’s reluctance to say the ‘L’ word. When Blaine finally commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t come too late.
In this book, we encounter characters who have flaws, characters who may be well-off, but unfortunately do not have perfect lives.
The story starts off with Libby Gentry being kicked out of college when her folks learned about her low grades at school. Her disappointed parents decided that it would be best to send her to Louisiana to stay with her grandmother and cousin.
Being with her extended family, Libby learned how it was to be simple and earn. There she met Blaine Crabtree, a player, a lifesaver. He was the man who initially rejected her, but in the end, helped her become a better woman. But there was the possibility of going back home that would derail their relationship. Will their love stand a chance? What about the loser ex-boyfriend who wanted to get Libby back? Will she go back to her old life as a spoiled brat / mean girl / dumb blonde / rich daughter?
I liked Magan Vernon’s take on teenage life. Like it or not, we all had are fair share of crushes, first love; and like Libby, we were also once impulsive, aggressive, lovestruck.
Libby wanted more from her relationship with Blaine, but the guy wanted to reform his ways to be a better person for her.
In the long run, Libby found something she had never experienced in the city and that is the feeling of acceptance. That whatever had happened in her past, people can forget about it and see her for what she has become. And that money & popularity do not make the world go round.
I thought Magan did a good job with My Paper Heart. While I would have preferred that the issue of Libby’s eating disorder should have been resolved, I have this wishful thinking of seeing her well and independent in the second book that Miss Vernon is writing. I’d really love to see Libby and Blaine mature and grow old together, soon.