Sunday, 16 August 2015

Goose by Dawn O'Porter (Young Adult, 9/10E)

 September 2015, Hot Key Books, 256 pages, Hardback, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: mature language and romance, humour, 

Summary from Hot Key Books
It's a year and a half on from PAPER AEROPLANES, and Renée is now living idyllically with her Auntie 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.

Nayu's thoughts
I had to laugh as I read this, not because the situation is funny but I went from reading a sedate Amish fiction romance book (with only a kiss/glance shared) to a read which has extremely colourful language and intense romantic situations which taught me things I possibly could have done without learning. 

But overall this is a sweet tale, definitely one I couldn't put down as the two girls help each other out at a tricky time in their life. It was hard to watch the friction between them, although it didn't bother me that I hadn't read Paper Aeroplanes where the story first started. Their friendship isn't without issues, but they manage to surmount them and get through life's ups and downs together, even when that meant having to be apart for a while

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Suggested read 
The book which came to my mind is Little Celeste by Dawn McNiff (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)

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