It's the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renee 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 Renee. But Renee 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 Renee'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 Renee 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.
About the Author
Dawn O'Porter is a broadcaster and print journalist who lives in London with her husband Chris, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made documentaries about all sorts of things, including polygamy, childbirth, geishas, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. Dawn has written for various UK newspapers and magazines including Grazia and Stylist. Although Dawn lives in London she spends a lot of time in LA and travels a lot. You may have seen her dragging two huge pink suitcases with broken wheels and her Siamese cat Lilu in a box through airports. At some point she plans to get new suitcases - the cat, however, has a few years left in her yet.
Funny, touching and packed with cultural references, this is a must for anyone who has experienced the joy - and pain - of teenage friendship Grazia Dawn O'Porter's first novel is just as brilliant as you would expect ... Funny, sad and incredibly poignant, it's the novel you wish you'd read at 15 Stylist Dawn O'Porter's debut novel is a treat that can be enjoyed by all ages' Now O'Porter perfectly captures the sometimes ludicrous complexities of adolescence, and everyone should relate to this heartbreakingly funny depiction of friendship and loss. The Irish Times A really gorgeous and nostalgic read Marie Claire She has nailed every high school girl's defining moments -- Jo Elvin, editor Glamour Brought us right back. And made us LOL. A lot! Company One of the best debut novels I've read. -- Alex Jones The Mail on Sunday A laugh out loud read. A heart-warming tale about two teenage friends Sunday Express
Series: Paper Aeroplanes
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13+ years old
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st May 2013
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 19.3 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.21