Tuesday, 23 September 2014

REVIEW: Paper Swans by Jessica Thompson

22814913I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any form.

Author: Jessica Thompson
Published by: Coronet on 31st July 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Pages: 441
Format: Paperback
Source: Hodder & Stoughton, bookbridgr
Links: GoodReads | Waterstones | Wordery


Ben Lawrence seems to have it all - the hot job, the flashy car, and the luxurious apartment. But there is a tragedy hidden in his past.

The events of that day have stopped him truly getting close to anyone. He made a promise that love was the price he would pay for his mistakes.

When Effy Jones - a bright, ambitious, charity founder - walks into Tower 100 one autumn day, little do they know that their lives are about to be turned upside down.

Paper Swans tells of how true love conquers all, and when everything is broken one person can help mend the pieces.

This book has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. And with a beautiful cover is an equally beautiful story.

Paper Swans tells the story of two ambitious adults - Ben Lawrence and Effy Jones. Whilst Ben is known as a business prodigy in one of London's most famous PR company's, Effy is working to achieve her dream to open a charity to help those unfortunate in Uganda. Ben's company decides to help fund and support Effy's charity which leads to them both having to work together. When Ben and Effy start a relationship, one small mistake from Ben leads everything into disaster.

Whilst the summary may give off the impression that this book is about a 'lovey dovey' relationship, the story is far more than that. Paper Swans is one of the rare books I have read where it deals with mental illness. In this case - Ben. After suffering from a tragic loss as a teenager, it continues to haunt him in his years and affect his life in the worst way possible as he grew into an adult. He continues to blame himself for what had happened which leads him to neglect close relationships with people, especially women, in fear he would only end up hurting them too.

It was easy to sympathize and love Ben as we are briefly given small fragments of his past as he speaks to his psychologist. Both Effy and Ben are flawed characters that were developed flawlessly. The writing is a mix between simplistic and descriptive yet casual and enjoyable at the same time. Thompson's writing just draws you in and really has you mold into the world she has created. The story takes place within modern day and age, moving forwards into 2015. The story was told at a good pace from both character's points-of-view.

I was taken by how realistic everything seemed, it's clear the author really knows her stuff. You really are forced to feel emotions throughout the book. I'm amazed with how Ben had progressed and handled his mental illness as he slowly built up confidence once meeting Effy. Their relationship was something I admired and loved reading about. I'm sure this book is easy to relate to concerning the characters, and did well to relay the message of how people with depression and other mental illnesses are really suffering and can easily hide it away from other people.

Overall, this was a lovely and breath-taking book and I loved every single page. I would highly recommend people to read this.

Gold Wreath
Wonderful read.

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