Why buy this book?
- It's an incredibly honest and gut-wrenchingly resonant account of teenage friendship
- Brilliantly written and totally immersive – you won't be able to leave Renée and Flo until the very last page
- Journalist and presenter Dawn is a master at writing hilarity alongside heartbreaking emotion
- "Anyone who has ever been a teenage girl will love this book" Caroline Flack
- Look out for Dawn in the press, online and in a bookshop near you!
About the book
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.
More about this Book
Vegetarians are so dramatic. What's it all about anyway? I mean, I respect animals, but I also respect the food chain, and one of the few pleasures I have living with Nana and Pop is that once a week I'm allowed to have a tin of Chicken in White Wine Sauce with a pouch of Uncle Ben's rice. I have the whole tin, in a bowl, poured on top of the rice and I sprinkle so much salt on it that not all of it dissolves.
The reason I love the Chicken in White Wine Sauce so much is because Nana gives it to me while Pop is at the snooker hall on Thursdays, and she lets me eat it with a spoon sitting on the floor next to the heating vent, because that is my favourite place. That fifteen minutes once a week is my idea of heaven. Not only does tinned Chicken in White Wine Sauce taste like the most delicious thing ever - with the possible exception of Wotsits - but Nana only has to heat it up, so even she can't ruin it.
Letter from the editor
'Dawn Porter needs to write a book,' I thought, 'and write it like she talks.' But I approached with caution, along with a few of my own ideas, about what she could maybe, possibly write, fully prepared to be dismissed.
Turns out that Dawn had ideas of her own. Within minutes of our first phone conversation, after her delightful shrieks of pleasure at being approached to write a novel (or two), she had waved away my ideas and nailed hers. Dawn wanted to write about an experience close to her heart, and something she knew a thing or two about: female friendship. More specifically, that particularrelationship between schoolgirls of a certain age. Intense, cloying, joyful, excruciating, hilarious, painful... and sometimes forever.
Dawn went off to write her book. And when she came back, she handed me the beginnings of a masterpiece. All the things I loved about Dawn's column, about her documentaries, about her, were there - in what came to be entitled PAPER AEROPLANES - the story of a friendship.
Dawn doesn't flinch from describing the horrors of having your period round at someone's else house when you're fifteen; the freakish body hair that you're convinced is yours, and yours alone; your excruciating dysfunctional family; the strange and contradictory mass of feelings you have at all times; the curiosity, yet wariness of boys (and of sex in general); the hideous misery of falling out with your best friend; the knowledge that though your life stretches out, tantalisingly, before you, you have absolutely no clue what to do with it.
PAPER AEROPLANES is every teenage girl's experience. You will read it and weep, and then you will laugh, and then you might weep some more.
I'm just off to read it again...
Emily Thomas, Publisher
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