Book Review: Paper Aeroplanes

Dawn O'Porter has always been one of my favourite writers - her Twitter feed @hotpatooties never fails to make me chuckle, and her Glamour magazine column is straight-talking but always warm and friendly in a big-sister sort of way. So when I found out she'd written a book called 'Paper Aeroplanes', it went straight on to my reading list, and today I'm bringing you a review of that book!

For those of you who haven't heard of it, 'Paper Aeroplanes' is the story of Renee and Flo, who both begin their last year of high school as relative outcasts who have turbulent home lives and dysfunctional friendships. After a dramatic event brings the two of them closer together (I won't say what it is for fear of spoiling the plot), they develop a very intense friendship very quickly, with all the twists and turns you'd expect - especially those involving keeping secrets.

I was eight at the time the novel is set, but what's great about Porter's writing is that she manages to brilliantly evoke what it's like to be a teenager, no matter how recent it was for you. The novel is semi-autobiographical in some respects which I think heightens the sense of realism in the novel, as do some of the - ahem - fairly graphic descriptions. It also meant that as a reader I developed a really involved relationship with Renee and Flo - they were the first book characters in a long time where I wanted to know what happened to them next.

It's not a flawless book by any means - sometimes it felt slightly melodramatic and I missed O'Porter's trademark humour - but it is a brilliantly realised version of teenage life, and perfectly captures the turbulence of friendships at that age and the yearning for something bigger in life. Definitely recommended as a quick yet involving read that will simultaneously make you wish you were 16 again and really grateful that you're not (in a good way).

If you'd like to read Paper Aeroplanes it's £3.08 on Kindle or £4.82 for the paperback version on Amazon (other book retailers are available).

Have you read Paper Aeroplanes? What did you think of it? And what are your favourite books about teenage friendship? Let me know in the comments and have a great day!

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