Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter: A review

First things first, I love Dawn. She is one of my favourite TV journalists and all-round heroes, so I am surprised it took me so long to get round to reading her first novel. Reading the blurb I thought it sounded interesting but it was the fact that it was her that really compelled me to read it.
The story, (told by two characters as so many books I’ve read recently are), follows 15 year old Flo & Renee. It’s set in the 1990’s which was a lot of fun for me, understanding the references and practically hearing the soundtrack whilst reading. It tackled topics from anorexia and death to sex and bullying, in such a true and honest way. The entire idea, of being a lost teenager, of being friends with someone who treats you like dirt, of doing things because you think you’re ‘supposed to’, is hauntingly accurate and looking back it is full of situations I found myself in.

I found myself really connecting with the characters. Feeling their pain, particularly within their family lives, and desperately willing them together. The book was so well written, and entirely engaging that I didn’t want it to finish. Luckily for me, there was a sequel (which I will be reviewing next week!). It’s a great holiday read.

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