The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso
Just a few months ago, Tom Boyd was a multi-million-selling author living in LA, in love with a world-famous pianist. But after a very public break-up he’s shut himself away, suffering from total writer’s block, with only drink and drugs for company. One night, a beautiful, naked stranger appears in Tom’s house.
She claims to be Billie, a character from his novels, who has fallen into the real world because of a printer’s error in his latest book. Crazy as her story sounds; Tom comes to see that this must be the real Billie. And she wants to strike a deal with him: if he writes his next novel she can go back to the world of fiction; in return she will help him win back his beloved Aurore. What does he have to lose?
We all at some point in our lives experience heartache and feel as though nothing will ever be good again, so imagine if the one person that could pull you out of your state of emotional turmoil is someone who you created, a part of your imagination.
This is what happens to Tom, after being hurt and left broken-hearted by his ex girlfriend Aurore, a beautiful naked stranger appears at his LA home. Meet Billie a character from Tom’s second novel who has spilled out mid paragraph from a mis-printed copy of his book and wants Tom to get over his writers block and pen his eagerly awaited third novel.
Billie just wants to get back into the book and offers Tom a deal: if he starts writing again, she will help him get Aurore back.
The synopsis for this book draws you into reading it, it is such a unique sounding book that you want to find out where the author will take you.
I found the story a bit hard to get into at first but when it gets going, its fast paced and you find yourself travelling not just in the book, but in your mind as well.
The characters are well written and believable in what is the most unusual of circumstances.
It’s a book worth reading although I can’t help thinking that the ending could’ve been a bit different but then as the book shows imagination is a wonderful thing.
I would like to say that one of things I loved the most about ‘The Girl on Paper’ is the literary quotes at the beginning of each chapter, this was a fantastic touch!