“What's the point in worrying about the future? Who says there will even be a future? What happens if you die tomorrow and all you ever did was sit in maths classes, play the clarinet and moan about your family? What good is the future to you then?” ― Dawn O'Porter, Paper Aeroplanes
The crinkly pages of a new book call out to a reader like me, little do they know what this lethal book has in store - say goodbye to sleep and sweet dreams as this paper aeroplane flies through trouble, torment and Year 11 in the naughty 90’s.
Paper Aeroplanes is an amusing yet sensitive view on all things taboo. It covers everything from paternity to periods, peer-pressure to parenthood. This is the nitty-gritty detail you’ve been waiting for in book form, as it takes you on the journey of two girls who stereotypically should hate each other but instead turn out to be the closest of friends.
Flo lives in the perfect household; a hard working mum, a cute little brother and a loving dad, but underneath this façade the cracks in the pristine stonework begin to show. With a mentally unstable father, obnoxious addition to the family in the shape of her mum’s new boyfriend, and spending every waking moment taking care of her brother, Flo’s life isn’t as simple as it seems.
Whilst Renée - the popular pretty-girl of Year 11 – occupies her time at school being spoilt by her devoting boyfriend with chips and cigarettes, flaunting her indifference to people’s opinions at every chance. United by their dysfunctional families and aching loneliness, Flo and Renée form an enduring friendship which serves as the backbone of Paper Aeroplanes.
Dawn O’Porter’s narration conveys deceit at its cruellest, friendship at its strongest and the reality of growing up. Addressing issues of puberty and life at secondary school, this book helps prove that however tough life gets, there’s always going to be something good around the corner. Just be prepared for what’s in store because life isn’t as easy as making a paper aeroplane.