Sunday, August 18, 2013

Novel of the Week - The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso

It’s summer, it’s hot and the only thing you want to do is reading something easy, that makes you forget about problems and maybe travel a little (even if it’s only with the mind)? The Girl on paper by Guillaume Musso is what you need!
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Here’s the plot:

Just a few months ago, Tom Boyd was a multi-million-selling author living in LA, in love with Aurore Valancourt, 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. His longtime best friend Milo Lombardo tries to force him to react and finish the third and last book of his famous trilogy, but had no success and leave.   

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. First, Tom thinks the girl’s crazy and tries to kick her out of his house but then, 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.  

So they start a road trip to Mexico, where Aurore is on holyday with her new boyfriend. This  journey isn’t riskless : the car broke, they end up with no money and the police is looking for him! Before the journey started, Tom told his friends that a character of his novels become real and they brought him to a terapist, thinking of a mental breackdown, so he had to run away from them.
In Mexico, Tom undestand that Aurore was only a spoiled egocentric girl and Billie gets sick…Aurore tries to help and gave Tom the numer of a specialist in Paris. With the last money they have, the book a flight for Paris so Billie can be cured…
But why Billie got sick in the first place? Because the story not only follows Tom and Billie’s journey, but also the book’s she came out from!! First it’s found from a house keeper that sells it on the internet, bought by an University student who’s on her way to leave from Rome….ecc. ecc.


The novel is written neatly, hilarious and when, in the final chapters, all things take the right place and the story comes to the end, I promise you there will be a smile on your face. Guaranteed!!

My vote   8,5/10

Related movies are:

- “Ruby Sparks” (2012) by di Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. With Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Steve Coogan. 

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