Saturday, 29 March 2014

Goose

Goose is the sequel to Paper Aeroplanes and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book.
“Geese fall in love, like humans do. They find the One and stay with them forever. Isn’t that sweet?”
“That doesn’t mean they found the right goose.”

Renée and Flo are eighteen, coming to the end of their school lives and contemplating heading off to university, leaving Guernsey behind. But as they grow up, are these two best friends growing apart? Flo desperately want’s Renée’s company in Nottingham, Renée isn’t quote so sure about the whole university thing at all. As their friendship wavers, Flo turns to the church for support whilst Renée becomes involved with an older man.

I loved Paper Aeroplanes so I was excited to hear about a follow up novel and it didn’t let me down. Some time has passed and the two girls are on the brink of adulthood. They are still completely and utterly believable as actual teenagers. I liked how Aunty Jo had a bigger role and we got to know her a bit. There’s some hilarious bits and an incredibly sad event followed by some very touching moments. Not to forget the sex, drinking and chips.

Whilst I don’t believe in god, I can understand the appeal of the community surrounding the church and the comfort the belief can bring. As a teenager though, Renée’s reaction is probably quite common, it’s going to be hard to accept that a friend has suddenly found god. If the religiously inclined are in a minority, they are bound to be the focus of taunts in the halls. Flo did become a bit harder to relate to but I’m sure there are plenty of people that will click with this experience.

I would love another book in this series. I want to know what happens next!

Goose is published by Hot Key Books and will be available in paperback and ebook editions from 3rd April 2014. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.

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