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paper airplane: unique tales from a mile high Paperback – January 1, 2013
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About the Author
Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative nonfiction and semi-fiction books. She grew up in Munster, Indiana and currently works in a sales role based out of Chicago, Illinois. She started writing at an early age and graduated from Indiana University with a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and communication and culture. She then went on to earn a master’s in business administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and writing. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel with her friends and family and training for running events of various distances. She likes the outdoors, social media, pop culture, and any new technologies that draw the people of the world a little bit closer together.
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I was approached by Kersten to be part of her book tour for her recent release, Paper Airplane: Unique Tales From a Mile High. When she explained the premise of her book to me, I was intrigued and rightfully so. Ms. Kelly has taken some of her best, most intriguing tales from her time in the air and compiled them into this little book. It would be a great airplane read (haha!), especially if you had a longer flight. You could easily finish it during the duration of the flight.
Most of the stories centered on people Ms. Kelly met while on airplanes, but there were a few stories that took place in unique situations, like when she recounts her first time going skydiving. She talks about how the videographer saves her treasured earring from plummeting to Earth. Her mother shares a story of a man she met on an airplane who invited her to spend an evening on his boat.
I don't travel often, but when I do, I'm always interested in my travel companions. I can pick out a nervous flier almost right away. I'm not a nervous flier and actually quite enjoy air travel and spending time in airports. I am always entertained when I grab early morning flights to Reno and the man or woman in front of me orders a drink. Never mind that it's usually around 7 a.m. and the flight is less than an hour gate to gate. I often end up stuck in front of a kid who is going to kick the seat for the entire flight.
I enjoyed Ms. Kelly's book. It was something I could read a few pages of here and there when I had a few free minutes. That's one thing I like about memoirs - even though it's a cohesive story, it doesn't usually require the focus a novel does.
I'd like to thank Ms. Kelly for the chance to participate in her book tour.
To contact Kersten, visit her here: Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
Buy the book here: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / CreateSpace / Talisman
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book for participation the tour. I was not compensated in any way for my review and all opinions are my own.
After reading the book, I can see why Kersten felt the need to share her moments with others. There's a lot in the book that people can relate to. I know I did.
It's a nice collection of stories that maybe you've had something similar happen or heard a story about how it happened to someone you know.
My only problem was that Kersten's writing style is more fact and less storyteller. I don't mean it in a bad way, but it was harder for me to connect in spots because of the fact style of writing.
But other than that, I loved it.
I think everyone should give it a chance!
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
Did I enjoy this book: Pretty much.
This is a collection of short stories that highlight the interesting people the author meets while on her numerous air travels. She jokes about the universal dread of being stuck in the center seat. And highlights the array of personalities she meets along the way.
I think the stories are at times amusing and interesting. But they lack any real moral, emotional depth, or plot. Basically, she points out that if you talk to people along life’s journey, you’ll meet some who are interesting, funny, obnoxious, generous, etc. I can’t imagine this is startling to any reader.
It isn’t a bad book. It’s easy to read that could fill the empty minutes of waiting at the doctor’s office or hair salon. But that’s about it.
I did, however, add a half star to the review making it one small notch above mediocre in response to a story about half way through the book. Instead of just flying on the airplane, she jumps out of one. Now that’s a story.
Would I recommend it: Kind of.
Will I read it again: No.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
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