How did I get it?:
I bought it.
I just can’t imagine me without you… 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.
I was intrigued by this book as I quite like Dawn O’Porter, so I was interested in reading a book by her. I devoured Paper Aeroplanes within a few hours. I think Paper Aeroplanes is a debut to be proud of. It’s gritty, funny in places and incredibly well written.
It’s quite a simple story about two fifteen year old girls, Renee and Flo who live in Guernsey in 1994. It is, in a nutshell, a story about friendship. I think the use of alternative narratives was very effective. The story unfolded from both sides well. Renee and Flo are likeable, realistic characters. I really liked both of them.
Dawn O’Porter has done a marvellous job of taking the reader back to the ’90s and the older reader back to being a fifteen year old. So many changes happen and Dawn has made the girls’ experiences incredibly relatable, there are plenty of cringe worthy moments that teenage girls will remember experiencing.
I liked how although there were many sad moments, specifically loss, within the book that there is a glimmer of hope that everything will be alright in the end. It’s good that loss is dealt with because it is something a lot of readers are familiar with.
Paper Aeroplanes is a quick and easy read. I’d definitely read more from the talented Dawn O’Porter.
Would I recommend it?:
Escaping Reality- Lisa Renee Jones