Kisses on a Paper Airplane
by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14th 2016
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?
This is a short story about exactly this: Hannah’s first kiss. Though I get there’s attraction between her and Theo, I felt the accent was more on obtaining the perfect kiss and sharing some quiet time with someone. While Hannah’s focus is on having her kiss in a perfect place with the perfect person, all Theo wants is spending some quality time with someone who won’t judge him for the star he is, someone who will not betray his trust.
For a short story, the book is written very well. From my experience with short novels, it takes a lot of skill making a point in a few pages. And also it takes a lot of skill achieving the perfect flow (since we seek perfection) of actions. It felt like everything happened in just the right time, nothing was rushed or sudden and I liked that very much! The title fits perfectly as well, since we have the paper plane motive in the story.
Now regarding the characters, they are very well described, especially Hannah whose point of view we have. I don’t believe in perfection, but I can respect a search for it. I would have wanted a little more insight to their relationship after all the traveling. But other than this, I have only good words. It’s a nice lecture to pass some time. Try it and …Enjoy !
About the Author
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.