When Words Become Art by: Qirat Kashif

Author: Paula Hawkins

  • Paula Hawkins was born on August, 26, 1972
  • She was born in Harare, Zimbabwe but now lives in London.
  • Her death date is unknown
  • Before her books were published, she was in a big financial trouble.
  • She was a journalist, who worked for over fifteen years before she started turned her hand to fiction.
  • She is the author of the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train and Into the Water.
  • Her # 1 international best-selling novel The Girl on the Train was published in 50 countries and over 40 languages.
  • It has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and it has been adapted into a major motion picture.

Literary work

The Girl on the Train is about a girl named, Rachel who rides a train everyday. As she rides her train through London, she always catches a glimpse of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan. One day Rachel witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of their home. Now she tells the authorities what she think she saw happen after learning Megan is now missing or presumably dead. Unable to trust her own memory Rachel begins her own investigation, while the police thinks she may have crossed a line.

Interesting facts about this literary work:

Paula Hawkins was trying to find ideas about a book that had some mystery and violence to it. So she got this idea, when one day as she was coming back to her home, she came across this town and she described it as a dark part in London. This gave her the ideas for this book she published.

Paula Hawkins was in a financial trouble before this book. She was broke and didn't know what to do. So when her publisher told her to start writing books she did, but they were never good enough because they had humor in it. When she found out that she wasn't good enough because she can't write good books that have comedy in it, she started writing books that had dark, mystery and some type of violence into it. Then after the idea she got from the dark part of the town, she came up with the character Rachel, who she could relate her life to and started writing this book.

One of the quotes that I got from this book was, "The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots, around concrete: you mould yourself through the gaps."

This quote means that everything that is empty stays with you and they never go away. So you have to find a way to go around them and push yourself to be happy through everything. I thought this was a good quote because everyone is different and even though you are sad about something, you have to push yourself to be happy and face the obstacles.


The theme of this quote is not to be betrayal. This picture represents a tree with roots underneath it trying to portray the roots growing around the little holes. This picture also shows that Rachel, had bad things happen to her and she's miserable. She uses this quote to tell that she is trying to face her problems. This picture means to me that this tree is showing how going around your problems like the tree roots will make make you happy.


Created with images by valiunic - "green park season" • massmatt - "Staring Down a Freight Train" • sergioricci - "big ben london torre"

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