Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter
I just can’t imagine me without you…
50% Friendship, 20% Humour, 20% Betrayal,10% Sexual Content. 100% Honest.
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.
Although people on twitter highly recommended Paper Aeroplanes, I really didn’t know what to expect.
What I found within the pages was a wonderful story of friendship and youth.
The story follows 15 year old schoolgirls Flo and Renee as they embark on a new friendship through their last year of school.
Both dealing with drama at home, the girls friendship is at times tested to the limit.
Dawn O’Porter has a great writing style that pulls you into the story and has you back in your teenage years within minutes.
It’s a captivating story that deals with teenage angst in a way that’s very real to life.
Flo and Renee are both likeable characters, although at times both have the odd teenage tantrum, but all can be forgiven when you discover the problems they are dealing with.
Although there are light hearted elements to this story, do not expect a comedy, this is a poignant read about the coming of age and dealing with the hand we are dealt!