Where do I begin?
I bought Paper Castles on a whim. I am a fantasy/sci-fi nut through and through, so this genre is not my usual go to. From the first scene, I connected with the main character. I was dropped into a familiar setting, and could relate to his hopes and his fears, if not necessarily his frame of mind.
Following James on his journey brought up emotions with every turn of the page. I found myself missing my mom (even though she is just a Zoom call away) and appreciating everything she has done for me. James struggles with so many things I struggle with daily, though thankfully, the “five-year-old-girl and her stuffed bear” are not a regular occurrence. If you are wondering what I’m talking about, buy the book. Just make sure to keep a box of tissues within arm’s reach.
I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will just say that it will make you experience a range of emotions, and just when you think despair will win, there will be a life preserver of hope dangled on a string, that’s just within arm’s reach.
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