Paper Tigers by Damien Angelica Walters
I haven’t read anything quite like this. This is a unique concoction and worth the read. Alison is a girl who had it all, a loving husband, a future open at her feet, the future of a family, until one night it is seared away, cut from her like the charred pieces of herself. In a roar of flames, she was now a monstergirl.
Moody. Captivating. Heart-breaking.
If you think you’ve read books about living with damages and scars, wait until you dig into this. Alison only knows her ruined parts. It’s all she sees anymore, because it’s all anyone else sees of her anymore. And I can tell you, her scars run deep.
While I would not say this book scared me, it was enticing and intriguing. As Allison is pulled into another world, another life by George – the man in the album, where she has no more scars, where people don’t see her as ugly, where she is whole again.
One, two, three tigers at a time. Four, five, six tigers in a line.
Seven eight nine stripes in the night. And when it’s ten the tigers bite.
George lures her into his world time and time again. He promises he can heal her. He says that he can make her whole. That there is so much more she needs to see. So she continues to return to him. She lets him take her each time to feel whole once more and for just a little longer as he consumes her from the inside out.
This books brings to light how destructive our own view of self can be. We are our own worst critics. She believed she was now defined as a monstergirl, structured to be this ugly girl for the rest of her life from the fire the took her future away. The emotions are powerful and labeled in Alison’s mind as Red, Yellow, and Purple.
The best part about this entire book, is the ending. It is powerful and raw. It is emotional and real. It’s about letting go of all your self-hate, self-pity, self-doubt, and finally accepting where you are, who you are, and what you can do about it from here on out.
Fantastic. Intriguing. Eye-opening.
I have to say, for a while, I wasn’t sure what to think. It was a bit slow for a while in my opinion, but I stuck with it because I knew there was a story worth reading here. And boy, was there ever.
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