Short and Sweet Reviews // Paper Girls, Vol. 1

My name is Erin Tieng, I deliver newspapers, and…and my friends and I need help, please.

// Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Written by the talented Brian K. Vaughan and beautifully illustrated by Cliff Chaing, Paper Girls follows four teenage girls as they set out to deliver newspaper very early one morning in the year 1988. These girls are just the kind you would expect to be out on their bikes in a predominately male occupation. They like video games, they smoke, they carry a hockey stick for protection, and they curse a lot.

Very quickly you realize that this is no ordinary morning. Strange things happen, aliens arrive, time travel ensures, a gun goes off once or twice, and these girls are caught up in the middle of it all.

“Turns out, the older you get… the more everything just turns to shit.

You girls are lucky you’ll never have to find that out. ”

// Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Vol. 1

I hadn’t heard of Paper Girls before I bought it. In fact, I was at the bookstore looking for a gift for someone else entirely when I saw it, just one copy on an endcap. I picked it up because of the beautiful cover art, and as I flipped through the pages, I was drawn to the incredible use of pastel colors throughout. It was a book about girls with a lot of girly colors, and yet, it didn’t feel “girly.”

I could tell from the scan that it contained a ton of bad language, aliens, and something about time travel—a few of my favorite things—and I knew I had to have it.

I can’t say that it was everything I hoped it would be. I am a big fan of Vaughan’s Saga series and to me, this was nowhere near as exciting or interesting as that. Then again I don’t think anything is, that series set the bar too high and has severely skewed my expectations.

What I will say is that Paper Girls has my attention. I love the small town, the late 80s setting, I liked the instant action, I liked the girl-centric theme, and I loved the artwork. I had a few gripes; the plot moved too fast at certain points, and I am a bit confused about a few things. My hope is that everything will be made clear in future volumes.

All in all, I was left feeling anxious to know what comes next, and I will definitely be picking up the next volume.

I encourage you to check it out too and if you do, or have, please, let me know what you thought of it :)

“…you girls… reminded us… of us…
…kids just trying… to make a living…
are always… the good guys…”

// Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Vol. 1


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2 Replies to “Short and Sweet Reviews // Paper Girls, Vol. 1”

  1. Loved this post Lisa. Was looking around for inspiration and basically to catch up on what I have been missing out on. My, my, my – you have grown and evolved since the last time I stopped by. Congratulations woman! Perhaps its the time that has gone by and I remember your writing and ideas in the early stages. Just in case you don’t know it or remember it – you have made this blog into the vision you set out for yourself. No accident that I stopped by. Paper girls reminds me a little of a series I watched called Stranger Things which was set in the 80s. It’s about boys though and parallel dimensions. Thanks for sharing – i may just have to look it up! Good vibes always!

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