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Review: Goose by Dawn O'Porter

It's a year and a half on from Paper Aeroplanes, and Renée is now living with her Aunty Jo. They even have geese, and Renée 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? Renée'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 Renée'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. Renée 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

My Thoughts
I'm deliberately going to write a short review for this book today mostly because I don't want to spoil it for others.

Put simply I loved Goose. For me this book (and indeed its predecessor) perfectly encapsulate what it meant to be a teenager in the late 90s before mobile phones and the Internet became a normal part of our daily existence. I loved this book because you get a real feel for the time and for me it meant it was so realistic. I relate to the main characters so well because I can remember throwing in that spice girls tape and dressing up in the fashions mentioned whilst spending the weekend out and about socialising rather than spending it behind a screen. If for no other reason this is why I loved it.

I also loved that this book stood alone as a story. I struggle with series and it has been a while since I read book one and it was nice to be able to pick up where book one left off with reasonable ease.

All in all a book. I thoroughly enjoyed mostly because it made me feel like a teenager again.