Wednesday, 16 April 2014

My View of Goose

To start this blog, it is safe to say I love Dawn O’Porter. She is simply fab. I love her sense of fashion, her personality, her TV documentaries and her BOOKS! I have never done a book review before, and I don't think this will turn out very well, but here we go!
I didn’t know what to expect when I first read Goose, as I absolutely loved Paper Aeroplanes and could completely relate with Renee and Flo. A quote on the back of Paper Aeroplanes reads:

‘Anyone who has ever been a teenage girl will love it’, and I couldn’t agree more. I was reading it at the age that Renee and Flo were in the books, and was laughing along with the conversations they were having feeling like I was in the classroom as well. As soon as I finished the book I was ready for Goose…


 “It's a year and a half on from paper aeroplanes, and Renee is now living idyllically with her Aunty Jo. They even have geese, and Renee likes to sit and watch them, wondering if she'll ever find 'the One' - someone who will love her no matter what, and be there for her no matter how bad things get. She and Flo are in their final year at school, and they've got some tough choices to make - like will they go to university? And if so where - and will they go together? Renee's usual ambivalence on the matter shocks Flo, who had assumed they'd continue as they were, the best and closest of friends, forever. She feels as though she needs Renee's support more than ever, so when a handsome young boy enters Flo's life, she finds herself powerfully drawn to his kindness, and his faith. Renee and Flo's friendship will soon be tested in a way neither of them could have expected - and if paper aeroplanes was a book about finding friendship, Goose is the novel that explores whether it's possible to keep hold of it.”

When I first started to read Goose, I couldn’t get in to it at all, and it really upset me as I loved Paper Aeroplanes and wanted to love Goose just as much. So I made myself re-read the last 40 pages of Paper Aeroplanes last Tuesday in order to try and think only about Renee and Flo. It worked. On Wednesday our electricity was switched off from 9.30am-6pm, giving me plenty of time to restart Goose-and finish it!

OH MY GOD. This book was simply fab. I cried. I giggled. I smiled. I belly laughed. You name the emotion it happened. It is safe to say Goose is now my favourite book EVER. I literally have NO bad words to say about this book, the storyline was just perfect. My favourite parts being the pub section, Renee’s ‘relationship’ sections and SPOILER – the funeral section.

Does anyone else ever picture a human form of the character whilst they are reading a book and then picture them in familiar places to you, such as your home town even if it’s not even set there. I picture Flo as a Brunette version of Perrie Edwards from Little Mix. And Renee? I picture the type of teenage girl in your year group at school who was popular, but not the most popular, you mention a name she knows, with reddy/brown hair and a face full of make-up, but not too cakey.

What’s next you ask? Well, Oops is out in two years’ time *cries*, and I am praying they make Paper Aeroplanes either into a TV Film or a Film, as the inner drama student in me is desperate to play Renee, I am nothing like her in real life, but I just adore her relationship with Flo and her storyline in the book - quite simply I love her.


Beki xx


*Blurb/description written in italics is taken from Waterstones.*


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