Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
I lost her.

No, I didn't lose her. I threw her away.

She was my best friend.

I was never supposed to fall in love with her.

I was careless.

She was heartbroken. 

I was doing fine until she came back into my life and reminded me what love was supposed to feel like. 

When it's all said and done, she may not want to stay, but this time I'm going to do everything in my power to not let her go.

Natasha’s Experience:

This book was nothing short of charming, beautiful, and captivating. PAPER HEARTS has easily made its way into my top 5 favorite reads from 2015. As I write this review/experience, know that I just finished reading so I’m feeling a bit emotional at the moment – bear with me.

“There is so much beauty in the struggle of trying to find your place in the world.”

PAPER HEARTS tells the story of Mia and Jensen, two young and ambitious people who find themselves hopelessly in love with each other at a young age. I’ve always thought about the repercussions of finding your soul mate at a time when you are still trying to find yourself; is this a positive or negative? For Mia and Jensen, it was both a blessing and a curse. Jensen leaves to New York to follow his dreams and Mia stays behind in California, fully supporting Jensen’s decision to do figure out his future.

“I couldn’t fix him because I wasn’t his savior, as he wasn’t mine. I was just as lost as he was, and maybe that was what attracted us to one another, our vulnerability and willingness to be with another lost soul.”

Distance proves to be a hard feat to overcome, as well as other circumstances. Jensen and Mia are forced to fall out of their tumultuous love, both not necessarily wanting to be apart but knowing they have to break to grow from the mess that has become their lives.

“Nothing mattered more than the fact that I’d lost the most important thing in my life. I knew I would never get her back. Regardless of what the future held for us, for me, I knew I wouldn’t get her back. I didn’t deserve her.”

Life goes on, albeit slower and less exciting as they learn to live without each other. When a job opportunity arises and has Mia buying a one-way ticket to New York, Jensen realizes that perhaps a second chance with his soul mate is attainable.

“Some might argue I never fell out of him, but I didn’t think love was about falling in or out; it was about staying in. And we didn’t.”

Without giving any more of this story away, let me just say that I admire the hell out of Mia for being so incredibly strong, even when she believed she was nothing more than a weak soul going back to her first love. She was never weak; she was courageous and brilliantly open-minded. Jensen completely captivated my heart, my fragile little paper heart.

“I’ve learned that life isn’t about the end, but about the chapters in between.”

Claire Contreras, I love you, officially. Thank you for writing a story as lovely as this one. I learned so much about life, love, and forgiveness. This story is one of love, perseverance, learning how to let go and knowing when to hold on.  It will grip your own paper heart and write words of encouragement all over it. Expect laughter, tears, and all of the emotions. You’ve been warned!

“I have a wandering heart – an incessant mind. It’s hard for me to look at something and see forever; though I had a forever once.”

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About the Author

Claire resides in Miami, Fl with her husband, two little boys, and three bulldogs. She writes many different genres, but romance has a special place in her heart. Even in her suspenseful stories, you'll find unconditional love. She's a fan of memoir, horror, suspense, romance, non-fiction... so, basically anything that contains words. 

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1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed your review! I read Kaleidoscope Hearts a few months ago and just read Torn Hearts last week in anticipation of Paper Hearts. I'm so excited to get Mia and Jensen's story. Torn Hearts, despite being just 45 pages, broke my heart for both of them.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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