The Paper Palace

Where do I start with this book? Perhaps that I didn’t like it?

It gave me bad dreams😫, I cried 4 times😭 and then at the end I actually kinda liked it?🤔

Are you confused too? 🤯

The Paper Palace is a heartfelt, gut wrenching novel that goes back and forth between the protagonists life growing up, to the present day. 🖼⛵️🏚

Elle begins by telling her story of her childhood crush who she grew up with every summer at her grandparents cottage they all refer to as ‘the paper palace’. Through a series of back and forth chapters of all those summers to the present, Elle is torn between her loving husband who she shares 4 kids with and her childhood reunion with the man she has always loved. After she endeavours an affair with her true love she is left constantly reliving the tortures and hardships this paper palace reminds her of.


This book references sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse and content not suited for young readers. Definitely an 18+ read! 🔞

As now you can probably see why myself, a supposedly stable 21 year old, cried a lot during this novel. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s that I’m still learning how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Life is a process! 🙈🙉🙊

This book is a great summer read (even though it’s fall now and summer has come and gone) 🍂🍃🌞and I would totally recommend it! Just be prepared it’s a heavy book and by no means an easy read.

This book is also stamped with the new Reese’s Book Club logo as Reese Witherspoon shared her love for this book as well! 💛

Be sure to download the app for Reese’s Book Club to be the first to know her choice for book of the month and discuss with fellow readers like me! 💻📚

Although this novel is about Elle Bishop and not Elle Woods, it’s still one to remember😉

Overall Cupcake Rating: 🧁🧁

Yours ‘til the paper palace


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