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Paper Planes

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Leighton and Dylan are sent to a summer camp "for troubled youth" after something that happened at school. We see both present day at camp and flashbacks of events leading up to the incident. Queer representation is appreciated in this super quick read graphic novel.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read the advanced reader copy!

I missed the chance to read this book before the archive date but I did get to read this for the summer reading program at my local library.
Despite the sad reason for Dylan and Leighton to be at that summer camp, it was such a breath of fresh air to read Enby and Ace rep. The art style is wonderful as always from Dozerdraws. It has been a while since i read this and my notes aren't the best for reference but the ending did feel the tiniest bit rushed to conclude everything, but I still liked reading it.

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I really enjoyed this story and the topics that it explored.

I loved the art style of this book and the characters too.

I like the fact that it explores the pressure that children have on them and what they have to go through to keep others happy and to keep the reputation they have because they fear that people will treat them differ if they don't follow the standards that are laid out for them.

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This book is sad! I’m happy that Dylan can be themselves, even if other people are awful to them about it. It’s refreshing to see an ace character, but it sucks that Leighton just has to hide that, all the way through to the end. That may be realistic for some people, but I wish we could have seen Leighton living authentically as herself. There’s a lot to unpack here, but it’s a really good book.

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I would like to express my gratitude for the Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book, generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

"Paper Planes" by Jennie Wood is a poignant graphic novel that soars with emotion and authenticity. Wood's storytelling gracefully weaves together the lives of its characters, exploring themes of identity, family, and the power of self-discovery. The graphic novel not only delivers a compelling narrative but also addresses important and timely issues with sensitivity.

The art in "Paper Planes" is equally impressive, providing a visual language that complements the emotional depth of the story. The illustrations capture the nuances of the characters' experiences, adding an extra layer of resonance to the narrative.

Overall, "Paper Planes" is a beautifully crafted work that resonates on multiple levels. It is a testament to Wood's storytelling prowess and her ability to create a narrative that is both heartrending and hopeful, making it a standout addition to the world of graphic novels

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The story doesn't always flow super well in this. I appreciate the varied LGBTQ+ representation but I found some of the messaging to be kind of problematic.

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3 stars. I had such high hopes throughout the first part of the book: it was interesting and the switch between the present and the past was building up. Halfway through, though, I started to get a little bored. Then the incident that led to the main characters problems was anticlimactic. Overall a let down story line wise. I enjoyed the scope of representation in the book. Included characters that I have only started to see represented and it was refreshing. I also really enjoyed the graphics and colors. There was a bunch I enjoyed, but the disappointing plot "twist" was frustrating and the predictable ending was frustrating.

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the book will remain a bittersweet memory to me. i adored dylan as a character and their growth goes far and beyond. leighton, however, wasn't my favorite. i wanted her to take charge of the story, stand up to her parents, and have a better character development. i understand that isn't realistic enough for all teens to experience, but i think part of why i read is to be free of those irl expectations and repeated outcomes. definitely could've gone better for me in that aspect but a good read overall.

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This comic/graphic novel is essentially about two kids who are sent to a summer camp for troubled youth because of an incident in the past. They both have to get a good evaluation, or they'll be sent to an alternative high school. The story follows their camp experience and their relationship; past and present.

This one hit close to home regarding the relationship dynamic of Leighton and Dylan, and in retrospect, I feel like this story will stick with me for a long while.

I loved how this story was told. We switched between different times and it all builds up to big events in the story! The tension was strong with this one. The storytelling itself was amazing as well! I was captivated and it had very well-structured sections that held my attention.

Big shoutout to the art style, because that was pure perfection and I adored every slide! I loved the diversity of the characters :) One of our main characters was on the asexual spectrum and the other one was non-binary! The side characters were so freaking cool, btw! Also, first time ever that there was a character that looked exactly like me 😭💜 Plus-size, chin-length dyed hair, and wears shorts all the time. I didn't see much of them, but that's a core reading memory right there!

If you like messy relationship dynamics, tension, great queer rep, mysteries, and camp stories; this one's for you!
I definitely recommend this graphic novel!!

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The more I sit with this graphic novel, the less it sits well with me. I didn't enjoy these characters or their resolution. My hopes for this fell flatter than a poorly made paper airplane.

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I love how the author explores the complexities of feelings, sexuality and relationships with so much nuance and care. I love the artwork and use of different colour tones to separate past and present timelines and I enjoyed the character growth.

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It's Gay and it's meh...

I wanted to like this book so much I tried to get into it. With a queer romance and one of the main characters being queer/non-binary...

But it just ended up falling flat... I couldn't truly find myself rooting for Dylan or Leighton or even excited to truly intrigued to find out what landed them in this place by the time we got there.

I'm not sure if I'm just not the demographic for this book (since these are 8th grade peeps!) Or if it's fully that these peeps are that flat...

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This was requested when I first found out about NetGalley and I had requested so many ARCs that I could not get to all of them before they were archived. I really wanted to get to this one, as it seemed interesting. If I can find this somewhere for a reasonable price, I will try to get it! I am giving this book three stars, as I don't want to give it a good or bad rating, since I did not get to it and we have to leave a star rating.

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Well, I love graphic novels and this one was great and attractive. Furthermore, it talks about important topics (REALLY WELL WRITEN btw) like queer identities.

I think it is a good book, because it is really easy to read. I love that in graphic novels and the way can talk about different issues in our society in simply and interesting ways, that leave us addicted until the end. This one wasn´t different and because of that was a nice read.

About the plot, I liked it, and the way it shifts between the past and present. Furthermore, I could identify myself in some situations of the stories which made me like it even more.

I cannot not talk about the art style, it’s so pretty and the colours… I loved it so much, it’s so beautiful.

So, as you can tell I recommed it to everyone!!

Thank you Netgalley for the opportuny.

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Paper Planes by Jennie Wood is a poignant and moving coming-of-age story that explores the complexities of friendship, self-discovery, and the aftermath of tragedy. The novel follows high schoolers Leighton Worthington and Dylan Render, who are sent to a summer camp for troubled youth after a tragic event. The two have always been inseparable, but the challenges of camp and their personal journeys of self-discovery force them to confront the incident that threatens their futures and explore the type of person they want to be.

The novel is expertly crafted, with well-developed characters and a fast-paced plot that keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end. The author does an excellent job of exploring the dynamics of friendship and the complexities of the teenage experience. The novel is set against the backdrop of a summer camp for troubled youth, which adds an element of tension and suspense to the story.

One of the strengths of Paper Planes is its exploration of the aftermath of tragedy and the impact it can have on young people. The novel does an excellent job of capturing the confusion, pain, and uncertainty that can arise in the wake of a traumatic event. The author also explores the power of self-discovery and the importance of finding one's own path in life.

Overall, Paper Planes is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant novel that will stay with readers long after they've finished reading it. The novel is a testament to the power of friendship, self-discovery, and the human spirit.

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I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The narrative and the message was brilliant. Shifting between past and present, it was a great way to tell the story, it was confusing at some points, but I still enjoyed the story. I really enjoyed how the art tied in with the storytelling.

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The author's poignant writing style evokes many emotions, from heartache to hope. It is a moving tale that reminds us of the extraordinary strength within each of us, urging us to embrace our dreams and never stop reaching for the skies.

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Two teens go to a summer camp for troubled youth after being involved in an incident from their past.

Jennie Wood does an excellent job of meshing past and present day pages in the graphic novel: one has white gutter/margin space, and the other has off white. Not sure if that was just my platform or everyone's, but it worked!!)

Definitely bittersweet for sure! Friendship breakups are the worst, but new friendships that are healthier are the best.

Thank you NetGalley and Mad Cave Studios for the eARC.

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For some reason this was hard for me to get into the story. I think it was more the pace of it though. It made me uneasy that Dylan and Leighton was sent to a therapy program aka "summer camp." I think that set the tone for the story for me. I would like to reread this again in the future. Just to make sure I understood all the references that I may have missed.

I love the illustrations! They were great.

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Sadly it was difficult for me to follow through with this book and the reason is kind of sad as well.
I hard a very hard time reading the text and that made the enjoyment of the book decrease considerably.
I like the illustrations but the text was too tiny to follow, or maybe it was the quality of the ARC, or my tablet, hard to tell.
Thank you for sending me a copy regardless! I am happy others have enjoyed it more and it has found its audience!

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