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Paper Cranes by Jordan Ford is a Fairytale Twist Novel, a romantic tale of loss and love. Tristan has barely emotionally survived his parents' divorce and makes the decision to stay with his dad, moving across the country. He shuts everyone out until the day he meets a girl in a tower. Helena Thompson is unlike anyone that Tristan has ever met. She’s a little bit weird and she spends her time locked away in an imaginary world, her way of coping with how her paranoid mother makes her live. Tristan can’t help himself; intrigued by Helena, he keeps going back to her but their friendship must be a secret. Inevitably, Helena’s mother finds out and makes life hard for both Tristan and Helena. Can Tristan win through? Has he got what it takes to fight for Helena or will her mother keep them apart?
Paper Cranes (A Fairytale Twist Novel) by Jordan Ford is a wonderful novel based on the popular fairytale of Rapunzel told from Tristan’s point of view. It’s captivating, compelling reading as we follow Tristan trying to mend the hurt in his heart. The characters are deep, multi-faceted, and those different facets shine through in each chapter. You will find yourself holding your breath at many points during the story and you won't be able to stop the tears as you read this magical, heartwarming tale of young love. Jordan Ford has touched on many different issues here, including divorce, mental health issues, bullying and more. The story takes you on a steady journey that will have you reading until the very end. Whether it will be the happy-ever-after of classic fairy tales can only be discovered in one way ... by reading to the very end. You won’t be disappointed and I guarantee this wonderful modern-day fairy tale will have you looking deep into your own heart.