Friday, May 20, 2016

"Kisses on a Paper Airplane" by Sarah Vance-Tompkins


Kisses on a Paper Airplane
Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14th 2016
Inkspell Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:


Drama student Hannah Evans isn't kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She's determined to share the perfect first kiss -- with the perfect boy -- in the perfect place -- or she's not kissing anyone at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he's 'The One.'

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he's worried she's just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?

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Let’s get real. I had never even kissed a boy. Should I really start with a pop star? I needed to get at least a little practice in first. Julia was right. I needed to kiss my way through a whole bunch of frogs before I attempted to kiss someone as close to perfect as Theo Callahan.
I took a deep breath and ducked out of sight behind a pillar, my fears too overwhelming to face talking to him again.
What if Theo Callahan was my first kiss? Then what would happen?
I closed my eyes and imagined Theo Callahan brushing his lips over mine. Just the thought of it made me jittery, as if I’d downed a triple shot of espresso. My eyes opened wide. My pulse was racing. My heart was in my throat.
There was no way I could kiss Theo Callahan. Not for reals. Not if I had to talk to him, too. Yes, T would be the perfect boy to share my first kiss, but if I had to carry on a coherent conversation with Theo Callahan before, during, and after, it just wasn’t going to happen. Especially when I was going to have to deal with all of “the feels” I was sure kissing would bring. I had enough on my plate dealing with school, my mom’s wedding, and another plane flight after my layover.
I’d seen enough movies to know what a great kiss looked like, but having never been kissed, I had no idea what it would feel like—not just to touch someone’s lips with mine, but I was even more curious about “the feels” Julia mentioned she always had when she kissed a cute boy she’d been crushing on.
I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t talk to Theo Callahan, let alone kiss him.

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Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries, press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles, and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.

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The Story of “Kisses on a Paper Airplane” by Sarah Vance-Tompkins is a sweet one. The romantic kind of story that every teenager … nope let’s be honest – that every girl AND woman dreams of.

We do not really get to know Theo that well even if the story is told from both sides the reader has to work with the public view of him that Hannah is conveying to the reader.

Hannah on the other hand is in her own mind a lot and thinking quite loud. 

There are some interesting dialogues between them and having been a fan of a British actor for some years now I (and I guess many fans too) can totally relate to some stuff that is said and recited in the book. 

Usually I would say the story unfortunately suffers from the short story-disease. Having trouble finding the right balance of background and depth. But something in the transient setting of the airports helps to fill that gap. A reader will not expect anything permanent in a setting like an airport so even any conversation with depth will already exceed those expectations – great move actually to place it like this.

I would have introduced the story with a different Blurb, meaning from a different angle but that is my personal taste. This story could be an easy earned 4 star read (again for the 5th star you need to trigger specific reactions from me that I did not have and cannot control – like crying or laughing fits) 

But the writing style of the author is not a developed or not as fitting to the story as I would have liked as a reader so its more like a 3.5 stars – but as Goodreads and other rating systems will not allow that – I will leave it with the 4 stars. 

Please enjoy this as a light summer read