Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter

How did I get the book?
Received from the publisher, in an exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: As much as I enjoyed Paper Aeroplanes I’m a bit stuck on who the ideal audience for this book is. Set in the 1990s the story is told by Renée and Flo, their voices are clear and distinct.

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about this book before I started but Dawn O’Porter really can write, not just that she can really tell a story. The split narration works like a charm, personally I saw a lot of Flo in myself but both girls are convincing and likeable.

There is no rose-tinted childhood nostalgia in Paper Aeroplanes, the girls aren’t perfect, their certainly families aren’t. Everything about this book feels real.

When Renée goes to find Flo after she’s been taken out of school my heart just went, it was one of those moments. There are plenty of others of course, both happy and sad.

I think Paper Aeroplanes is a debut to be proud of.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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