Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

First of all, I should mention that my love affair with graphic novels started only a few years ago when I was taking a Reader’s Advisory course at Algonquin College. Before that, I thought graphic novels were limited to the superhero genre which didn’t attract me much. Now I know that this medium is as interesting and as varied as regular books. If you have never read graphic novels, I encourage you to try them. I’m sure you’ll find something that you like in the wide range of stories available in this medium. Some of my favourite authors of graphic novels are Will Eisner, Greg Rucka, Adrian Tomine, Daniel Clowes, Hope Larson, Raina Telgemeier, Guy Delisle, Michel Rabagliati, Marjane Satrapi and Pénélope Bagieu.

“Page by Paige” by Laura Lee Gulledge tells the story of Paige, a 16-year old girl, who has just moved from Charlottesville, Virginia, to New York.  She doesn’t know anybody in this big city, and she feels lonely and scared. She decides to buy a sketchbook and record her thoughts and emotions with drawings.  In her musings, she remarks: “I think I was born with my eyes facing the wrong way. Because they’re always looking back into my head rather than looking out”. This sentiment rings true to all of us introverts, and I could certainly identify with the feeling of not fitting in. But what I loved the most in this graphic novel is the fact that the story is semi-autobiographical. Laura Lee Gulledge also moved from Virginia to New York, and art helped her handling stress and depression. This is the author’s first graphic novel.

Fun facts about the book:

  • The main character’s full name is Paige Turner (her parents are writers).
  • Paige is 16-years old, but she doesn’t know how to ride a bike.
  • Paige and her new friends form The Agents of Whimsy, a group of creative misfits.
  • The Page by Paige Soundtrack provided at the end of the book lists each character’s favourite songs.

About this graphic novel: Page by Paige Blog

About the author and her work: Who is Laura Lee

If you liked this book you might also like:

Drama - Raina Telgemeier
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
New York - Will Eisner
New York by Will Eisner
Will and Whit - Laura Lee Gulledge
Will and Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
New York Drawings - Adrian Tomine
New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine






Written by Cecile

Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).


4 thoughts on “Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

  1. Hi Cecile! I think your blog is great! It looks so professional. I really like the section “you may also like”. I love getting ideas for new things to read:) Is there a way for me to get notified when you post something new?

    1. Thanks, Renee! 🙂

      Fred and I are still working on the notification e-mails. I will let you know when they are up and running. In the meantime, I usually post something on Facebook and Twitter, so people will know when there is a new entry on my blog.

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