Cover Image: Paper Planes

Paper Planes

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

Very bittersweet but also a really good depiction of this age group. Some lessons learned and some friendships aren’t forever and that’s okay!

Was this review helpful?

*thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed Paper Planes. The art was amazing, but the story itself made so much sense the way it was being told. It went between flashbacks and present day where they’re at the summer camp. And I have to say I love when graphic novels use a reddish-background in boxes where a character is angry to emphasize that anger, it brings an extra umph to it.

Was this review helpful?

It unfortunately took me forever to review this after reading so my memory is a little foggy but I really loved this book!
The nonbinary/questioning and aroace rep are great! I really liked the direction the "romance" went in and am glad it taught that lesson. Great little story about friendship and crushes and forgiveness!

Was this review helpful?

3 - 3.5 ⭐️

I read this a while back and had to sit on it for a bit. I enjoyed it although not as much as I was expecting and I think I need to give it a bit and re read before I have a clear idea of how I felt about it.

Was this review helpful?

Thank you to Netgalley and Mad Cave Studios for the opportunity to read and review this graphic novel. This is a story that is definitely one that you are not necessarily expecting the plot to go. I also would have to acknowledge that the artstyle is definitely beautiful and bright yet dark all at once. There is a ton of bullying, though, and friendship backstabbing along with a ton of appearance shaming, so if that is not something you want to read, do not pick this up. However, I do believe that this has a lot of different moral lessons. If that is something you are looking for, you may want to pick it up. I think the only personal gripe I had with the experience was the way that time was presented. I wasn't a fan of how that paneled throughout the novel. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

Thank you NetGalley for early access of Paper Planes by Jennie Wood

Paper Planes is a graphic novel that tells the story of two teenagers and the struggles to find their sexuality. I really liked the two leads and especially the supporting character Cricket.

The art style is good and I really like it.

Was this review helpful?

This was a wonderfully well done graphic novel with beautiful illustrations that highly accentuate the story. I really look forward to reading more from Jennie Wood.

Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc for an honest review.

Was this review helpful?

this book was interesting in its way.
What I appreciated the most were the illustrations and the storytelling between the characters.
I had a bit of a hard time connecting to them or liking them but maybe it's because they're too juvenile. Although I'm not used to having that problem (I read YA frequently). It could also be from all the hesitation from both to get together and then step aside and rinse and repeat.
Maybe a continuation will resolve their struggles!

Was this review helpful?

I absolutely loved this, I loved the queer representation and the whole style of the graphic novel, I loved the style of the artwork

Was this review helpful?

I genuinely loved this, asexual main characters are so hard to come by and Leighton's struggles are something I understand way too personally. It's difficult to explain why you aren't interested, even if you thought you were at one point, and her and Dylan's friendship is so fucking important and great. This is one that feels real, not everything is going to be perfect, and it doesn't have to be.

Was this review helpful?

Dylan is nonbinary and comes from a single-parent household, while Leighton, who is biracial and asexual, is pushed to excel in a sport she is not interested in by her affluent parents.
They are best friends since childhood who have been sent to a summer camp for troubled youth due to an incident that is revealed later in the story.
All through the graphic novel, they are trying to navigate through life and figure out more about themselves while also trying to accept themselves for who they are.

Was this review helpful?

This was a really great book. There was so much heart and depth to the story, it really resonated with me. Love the main character so much

Was this review helpful?

Dylan and Leighton have been sent to a camp for trouble youth, they're not exactly from the same circles but they've been friends for years, despite Leighton's parents' will.
But now, Dylan and Leighton are barely talking, just sending notes to each other from time to time... And Dylan wants nothing more than to fix that relationship.

I liked the illustrations and the story was pretty taking, I really wanted to know what had happened. But the pacing seemed a bit off to me. I still really enjoyed this, I loved that one of the MCs is non-binary and the other is Ace. It was a pretty fast read, I couldn't stop reading and, to be honest, I'll probably reread it.
I'm definitely interested in reading more by this author and illustrator!

Was this review helpful?

Paper Planes by Jennie Wood is a delightful young adult graphic novel exploring themes of queer friendship, first queer relationships, asexuality, mending broken relationships, gender identity, and being yourself. The art is lovely and a joy to view.

Our main characters, Dylan and Leighton, are friends who find themselves at a summer camp for troubled teens due to an incident that they both participated in that is revealed later in the story. Throughout their time at the camp, their relationship is on the rocks. During the story, through flashbacks and their innermost thoughts, we learn why they are at the camp to begin with, and why their friendship is in a precarious state.

This graphic novel does a wonderful job exploring aspects of being a queer/ace/gender-nonconforming teen in this day and age. My only concern is that it does seem to paint the troubled teen industry in a slightly more positive light than it probably deserves.

Overall, I enjoyed my time with Paper Planes and would recommend it to anyone interested in young adult graphic novels, especially those looking for stories with queer representation. This was a fantastic pride month read.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy in exchange for my review.

Was this review helpful?

Paper Planes was a very cute art style but the plot and storytelling didn't really mesh with me. I loved the representation and wanted to love the story more.

Was this review helpful?

Thank you to Jennie Wood, Maverick, and NetGalley for this ARC.

I had mixed feelings about this book but overall I enjoyed it more than I didn’t. Starting with the things I like:

1: the art. I was obsessed with the art style by Dozerdraws. The line art and lettering was done in a way to make it easy to read.

2: the exploration of different LGBTQ+ identities. I find that I don’t see nonbinary or asexual/aromantic identities discussed very much in media and this was very refreshing to see.

3: the characters and their dynamic. I enjoyed the focus on their flaws but also on their individualities as people. The dynamic of people changing and their friendship changing/falling apart isn’t one that you often see. Usually the focus is on the romance of a book. Also I really liked the character of Cricket.

Onto the things I didn’t like:

1: there were parts of the book that I wasn’t the biggest fan of, yet I don’t quite know how to put it into words.

2: I personally found it slow paced and had a hard time with it keeping my attention.

Was this review helpful?

Navigating the coming-of-age years is tough, but for Leighton and Dylan, it’s a time complicated by figuring out their place and relationship in the LGBTQ+ community. The story, interspersed with flashbacks, takes on the challenges of LBGTQ+ teens in a believable and sensitive way, with Wood masterfully relating critical information about how the two landed in trouble through a series of flashbacks. The artwork is modern and nice, and the use of color helps the reader to keep track of who is thinking what and what is flashback and current. An enjoyable read many kids will relate to!

Was this review helpful?

I am just now getting into graphic novels, and I can say, I'm hooked. I am grateful to netgalley and Jennie Wood for allowing me to read this one before publication. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love the representation in this book, with not only the MC's but the smaller, side characters. There is a lot of LGBTQ+ representation here that I think is so important, especially for those who are experimenting, or confused, or fear rejection. This graphic novel touches on so much that would help those in similar situations.

two ex-best friends, sent to summer camp. Sounds fun, right? Wrong. they are sent to a summer camp for therapy, or as they see it, a punishment, and they need good reviews to leave camp and go to high school with their friends. all while trying to survive camp, get along with other "troubled kids" they are learning about themselves and how to deal with the incident that sent them there in the first place.

I loved the representation of non-binary and asexual. I think it doesn't get enough attention and i loved how this one created a narratives on the subject.

This one hit me straight in the feels though, because the message of no matter how close someone is, they can be gone in an instant and want nothing to do with you, even if you try to fight it. But they learn about themselves and why they drifted apart in the first place.

i loved this one and look forward to immersing myself in more graphic novels like this one!

Was this review helpful?

Loved the art and representation (I am just learning im ace aro so loved that rep especially) , but stuggled alot with the writing and storytelling. The camp wan’t well communicated or represented, and theres alot of plot holes. Wish this book was written by another author and illustrated by this artist

Was this review helpful?

Rating: 3.2⭐️
Pub Date: 7/18

Thank you to NetGalley & Maverick for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

✨Official Synopsis✨
High schoolers Leighton Worthington & Dylan Render have always been inseparable, but when they’re both shipped off to a summer camp for troubled youth in the aftermath of a tragic event, their lifelong friendship is put to the test.
Neither ‘chose’ to be there, but they’ll need a positive evaluation from the camp to avoid being sent away, so they can continue attending high school with their friends.
The challenges of camp pushes the once-inseparable Dylan & Leighton onto personal journeys of self-discovery that force them to re-examine the incident that threatens their futures, explore the friendship they have shared for so long, & discover the type of person each of them truly wants to be.

🧠My Thoughts🧠
I usually don’t read graphic novels, but since there’s ace rep, I wanted to give it a shot. There’s so much diversity in this novel, including those of all sizes & races, & non-binary representation as well. The characters are at a difficult time in their lives, as they’re trying to figure out who they are as humans & what they might want to do in the future, which is super relatable (even to me at age 30).
I was initially confused as to what kind of camp they were at. I do think that one character actually grew during their time at the camp, while the other didn’t. Leighton was a bit of a brat & treated her supposed best friend like crap, which she tried to justify with her asexuality. I did feel for Leighton at certain times because her parents were a little controlling and imposing, but communication would have solved the majority of her problems with Dylan (which seems to be one of the things she needed to work on at camp, per her therapist, but didn’t learn). As someone who’s ace, it hurts that one of my least favorite characters was Leighton.
I’m so happy for & proud of Dylan, & I’m so glad that they’re coming into their own; I just want to give them the biggest hug.
I really enjoyed the art & will definitely be checking out some more graphic novels in the future.


Was this review helpful?