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Book Review: “Paper Airplanes” by Dawn O’Porter

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Title: Paper Airplanes (Paper Airplanes #1)

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Genre: Teens & YA

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Pages: 272

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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.


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Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars. Quick, compelling & easy read. One of the best YA contemporary novels I’ve read in a long time. Loved the honesty and the humor with which Dawn O’Porter approached female teenage issues and friendship. Both Flo & Renee were extremely likeable and easy to relate to. “Paper Airplanes” is a great reminder of how difficult those years can be emotionally and physically. More importantly it reminds us how important a strong & loving friendship is and what that actually means. This is a MUST read.

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