Friday, March 27, 2015

Paige Torn Book Review


Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum is Book 1 in the Paige Alder Trilogy.  All three books are out, so no waiting.  You don't have to wait!!!!!!!  I just read this book through for the second time, no counting all my skim re-reading. I just read this book back in December.  I usually have to wait a year before I want to re-read a book.

This book is hilarious!  I didn't believe when I heard people say how funny this book was.  I thought, they have never read a Jenny B. Jones book (I wish her name was not so close to Junie B. Jones, because those books have bad grammar, and they made me crazy when I was a tiny child.), they do not know what funny is.  I was wrong, very wrong.  Talk about laughing out loud, falling out of my chair funny.  I literally fell out of my chair reading two books, this one and There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones.

So, let me tell you about Paige.  Paige Alder is 22 years old.  Paige cannot say "no".  It's not even like she has a gift/curse like Ella in Ella Enchanted.  She just wants to help, and do things people ask her to do, and be a good single person serving... ALL THE TIME.  She's good and selfless, being the eldest child that she is.

Paige works for an adoption agency.  Originally she started working there thinking she would eventually become a counselor at the agency.  A few years have gone by, and she's still a secretary.  She despises being "just" a secretary.

She volunteers in the Youth Group at her Church.  The Youth Pastor and his wife are hilarious in their own ways.  She also teaches the Sunday School Class for the two year olds at Church.  She gets thrown into random jobs that she doesn't expect at church, because people know Paige is always wiling to help.

Paige is helping her best friend, Layla.  Layla is planning and preparing her Parents' anniversary party on a grand scale.  Paige is also doing maid of honor duties for Layla's upcoming wedding.  Layla talks, and never stops.  She is energetic, cute, and stylish.

So, now we are going to talk about Tyler.  He is the romantic interest in the book, although I don't call him the romantic interest.  He was friend-zoned early in the book, but later, he was un-friend-zoned.  I hate when romantic interests are not their own character, but never fear, Tyler is his own character!  (With an arm in the air, hand on your sword, sitting on a horse, CHARGE!)  Tyler reminds me of my Grandfather (the one that is not dead) with his Western style shirts, jeans, boots, beautiful blue eyes, and even the food he eats.  In the next two books, there is a lot more serious romantic relationship, but not run-and-hide-the-children-inappropriate-things (there is only one kiss in the whole series).  I was expecting to be reading a romance when I picked this book up, but not so, and I'm completely fine with that.  It's not a book to pick up when you are trying to get over a love-triangle-romance-book hangover.  In this book, Tyler and Paige's relationship is really a friendship that could become more.

This book is very much about Paige and God, and what she has to do to get her life where God wants it to be.  But this book is not at all "self-help book-y".  This is the story of Paige and her hilarious life, which interestingly reminds me a lot of my own life.  I felt like Paige is me.  She is the mostly similar looking character to me that I have read about in my whole life.  We have the same hair, and almost no one I know has this hair.  We both have a crazy life, not sleeping enough, not eating enough (or well), and at some points, not reading my Bible like Paige.  When I started reading this book, I had to read excerpts to my Mother, because it was SO my life!  I also had to read her the funny stuff, so I wouldn't be laughing alone, and because she wanted to know what was so funny.  Even re-reading this book, I still laughed out loud, just not as often as the first time.  When you read a book the second time around and you are still laughing, that is the sign of a good book!

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and older.  The book is not inappropriate for a younger audience, but I don't think younger readers would be as interested in the life of a twenty-something.  It's harder to relate to an adult life situation when you are so much younger.