This post contains a review and a bookish manicure
Goose (Paper Aeroplanes #2) by Dawn O’Porter
Published May 1, 2014 by Hot Key Books
Source: the publisher
Raintg: 4 stars
From the blurb: It's a year and a half on from Paper Aeroplanes, and Renée is now living with her Aunty Jo. They even have geese, and Renée likes to sit and watch them, wondering if she'll ever find 'the One' - someone who will love her no matter what, and be there for her no matter how bad things get. She and Flo are in their final year at school, and they've got some tough choices to make - like will they go to university? And if so where - and will they go together? Renée's usual ambivalence on the matter shocks Flo, who had assumed they'd continue as they were, the best and closest of friends, forever. She feels as though she needs Renée's support more than ever, so when a handsome young boy enters Flo's life, she finds herself powerfully drawn to his kindness, and his faith. Renée and Flo's friendship will soon be tested in a way neither of them could have expected - and if Paper Aeroplanes was a book about finding friendship, Goose is the novel that explores whether it's possible to keep hold of it.
Goose by Dawn O’Porter is the sequel to Paper Aeroplanes, one and a half years on, again on the island on Guernsey. It’s now 1997 and Renee and Flo are in their final year of high school, both girls are looking forward to leaving the island, but it turns out they each have their own idea of what it should involve.
I adored Paper Aeroplanes, it perfectly captured teenage life in the 90s as well as being honest, funny, and sad. Goose follows along in the same vein, the girls are older now so the topics in this story are also more mature and there’s a focus on what it’s like to go from being a teenager to an adult.
Renee is fed up with school and being forced to learn so Flo’s idea to head off to uni together does not appeal to her anymore. Her home life is much happier, she’s living with Aunty Jo, her nan, and a pair of geese. She’s got a job at a local pub, is making money, and finally meets her long time crush, Dean.
Flo on the other hand cannot wait to leave and envisions the pair of them going off to uni and continuing their friendship. Her home life has also improved, her brother left and she gets along with her mum a lot more. But, she cannot stop thinking of her father’s death. She goes inside a local church one day to avoid the rain and she enjoys her time there so much that she starts going regularly, joins a bible group, and meets Gordon, a local singer in a rock band that sings songs about God.
I was really happy for both girls and their living situations. Neither of them were very happy, loved, or supported in Paper Aeroplanes, so it was good to see the improvement. When it came to their love lives I knew exactly what was going to happen to each of them. As an adult I felt very nostalgic reading about their dating foibles, for teens I think it would be a great look at what they have to look forward to, ha!
The story takes a dark turn that I did not see it coming at all. I was really shocked by the event that occurs towards the end of the book. I think the way it was dealt with dampened my enjoyment of this book because I didn't quite love it as much as Paper Aeroplanes, even though I desperately wanted to. It’s too spoilery to discuss anything about it, so I’ll just say there were aspects of the recovery that I liked (forgiveness), and other aspects that made it seem like everyone involved moved on too quickly (but, people do grieve in different ways).
I’m so glad we got to re-visit Renee and Flo in Goose, it’s another true-to-life look at growing up and how friendships can change over time, especially when you’re young.
Thank you to the wonderful people at Hot Key for my review copy.
So, I was going to do nails for both books but they’re so similar, so I decided to go with Goose.
I started with a base of China Glaze White Out.
On my thumb, index, and pinky nails I used a makeup sponge to do a gradient using Bloom Cyndi and China Glaze Stone Cold.
On my middle and ring nails I used acrylic paint and a very fine brush to paint the neon orange brick walls.