REVIEW: Paperback Crush

There have been times in my life when I had total reading freedom. In my teens, I probably averaged a book a day, and reading was a completely immersive experience. I don’t even know how many nights I stayed up until dawn to finish a book.

Sometimes pictures or sounds will trigger memories, and the cover of this book is instant nostalgia. It makes me think “Hey, I read that book!” even though it is not an actual book cover, just designed to emulate the covers of teen books from the 80s and 90s.

The book is divided into seven chapters, based on the genre of books each one explores. I definitely was more drawn to the first and last chapters, Love and Terror. I actually don’t read much romance or horror these days, but these were the genres of my teenage obsessions. 

More than anything, this book has prompted me to seek out some of my old faves. I plan to spend a good chunk of my summer escaping into the fictional worlds created by the favourite authors of my teen self, like Christopher Pike, Lois Duncan, and Joan Lowery Nixon.

Paperback Crush

Gabrielle Moss

Published October 30, 2018 by Quirk Books

256 pages



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