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3,435 Tears Later

Paper Lion staff member Maddi Rivera is writing an original novel, 3,435 Tears Later. Check back here for for new chapters every couple of weeks!


17 year old Sarah Love has a lot of problems. 

  1. She loses control of her emotions quickly.
  2. She has to go to therapy.
  3. She can’t find a good guy to call her own.

But that all changes when she meets Matt Blake, a 16 year-old-boy, from London. He is sweet, kind, caring, adorable, loving, and just an amazing guy. Sarah tries not to wear her heart on her sleeve but that doesn’t last very long. Will Matt play a big part in helping Sarah through her struggles? Is this British boy is really worth fighting for?


Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Chapter One: “Feelings Fade” (Gnash)

Maddi Rivera, Staff Writer

I sighed climbing into the passenger's seat of Mom’s 2012 Grey Odyssey, rolling my eyes in annoyance. My mother looked at me with somber eyes. “You know we are only trying to help you, Sarah... Honey you need some help, you can't do this alone.”  I put on my seatbelt, pulled down my sunglasses, and looked her in the eyes, “It's just another therapist gonna tell me how to feel, I'm tired I ...

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