Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paper Airplanes by Dawn O'Porter Book Review

It's the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn't be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo's jealous ex-best friend and Renée's growing infatuation with Flo's brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship.

Quirky, tough, and to the point, Paper Airplanes reads like a page ripped straight from high school in real life--even from overseas.

Paper Airplanes is a gritty realistic coming of age tale that centers around two teens who are dealing with a raw and rough life. Dealing with periods, boyfriends, and flaky best friends, Paper Airplanes is one of the realer of YA books I've read in a while.

I don't feel like my life has changed but I enjoyed reading about Renee and Flo. There is such a distinct different between UK YA and USA YA. That is not to say one is better than the other but there is a rawness, and grit in UK literature that is not usually found in US YA novels. They don't seem to shy away from the things that are not typically mentioned, or in US YA. Maybe it's the difference in life, and environment I don't know but they're not shy.

This book covered everything from dead parents, virginity, menstruation cycles to eating disorders. It pretty much leaves no teenaged issue uncovered.

The story itself although real, doesn't give you much pizzazz or surprise but it does offer a lot of realistic situations that are easy to relate to, at least for some. That part of it was pleasing.

I'm not sure what kind of reader this book is for but I think contemporary fans will enjoy it, it dabbles in romance so it has that but don't go expecting to read some fancy, easy breezy, story about life. This is a story about life at its realest.


  1. Wow this sounds rough. Honest brutal life is something I have to mentally prepare for, lol :)
    Great review, makes me curious :)

  2. Hmmm...not sure whether I want to read this one. But I agree, UK YA is much more grittier. Why is that?? It sounds like it's more realistic, which I think is a good thing. ~Pam