Book Review: Diminishing Paige by: Robert Shields

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Fruitbat Books

Publish Date: June 15, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

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Synopsis: She leaned over and kissed him on the mouth totally catching him by surprise. Her warm lips erased any symptoms of being cold on the bridge, yet she froze him in place. It was wonderful, but it was over in a flash and he thought, "I never kissed her back."

A fool knows the price of everything and the value of nothing is the romantic theme between Paige Wheeler and Storm Lancaster. The intelligent high school expellees serendipitously meet at a garage sale and end up approaching sex in an awkward text book fashion. They start viewing the relationship through the lens of economics as if sex was a commodity. As they grow closer together, Paige’s promiscuous past comes to light that haunts her, which leads to complications in their relationship. Storm’s ineptness in handling the pressures of a relationship from previously attending an all-boys school causes problems while Paige finds some amusement in his immaturity. Her sterilized view of sex creates consternation for Storm over their rapport. At their new school, they make a mutual friend in Jamal. The trio engages in pranks as their friendship with him develops. Storm’s proclivity as an adolescent male leads to poor decisions with Paige as Jamal, often the voice of reason and conscience is ignored to the detriment of the couple. Emotions spin out of control after a frolicking camping trip with Paige’s old high-school buddies and the sexual economics experiment explodes.

Review: The Law of Diminishing Returns: The tendency for a continuing application of effort or skill toward a particular project or goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain level of result has been achieved.

Both Storm and Paige have been expelled from their schools. By chance they meet at a garage sale at Storm’s house and he is smitten. Storm is in for an interesting and unexpected ride when he and Paige become friends. Paige used to run with the popular crowd until she fell from grace, but she’s become a more complex and interesting person because of the events in her past. She has a cynical outlook, but at the core she is looking for someone to believe in her and love her for who she is, faults and all. Storm doesn’t know what he wants out of life anymore and his relationship with Paige has helped him realize who he is and what he’s capable of if he puts his mind to it. The author has written a complex coming-of-age tale which shows how the principles of economics can be translated into everyday life.  This book is also a sweet and complicated story of love, regret, growth, and the power of forgiveness of oneself and others. I liked Paige a lot and feel she is a catalyst personality who brings awareness and a true sense of self to others.

Books by this Author: Daphne and The Mysterious Girls Secret Bathroom Society


  1. I appreciate the review. You do a great job with your site. If anyone has a question about the book, please ask.


    1. Thanks Robert! Always a pleasure having you!


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