Title: Kisses on a Paper Airplane
Author: Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Publication Date: May 14th, 2016
Category/Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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?
3.5 “Cute & Short Airport Romance” Stars
First of all, let me start by saying how much I like this cover and the title. Together they definitely do their job: call readers to pick up the book and give it a chance.
“Kisses on a Paper Airplane” is the short story of Hannah Evans, a drama student who’s been living in England for the past few months and is now returning home after her mother surprises her by announcing she’s getting married. Needless to say, Hannah isn’t too thrilled about that idea, but she decides to be there for her mother. She flies home to meet the man who’s marrying her mom only months after meeting her.
Her soon-to-be stepfather seems to want to make a good impression because he buys Hannah first class tickets for her international flight. Either that or he’s trying to buy her affection – I couldn’t tell at first, and neither could Hannah, because she didn’t know the guy.
While in first class lounge, Hannah meets the boy. At first, she doesn’t realize the cute and funny boy who comes to talk to her is pop star Theo Callahan. Either way, she’s hypnotized by him at first sight.
Theo seems to be everything Hannah wants in the boy who’ll finally give her the first kiss she’s been dreaming of. Yep, Hannah has never kissed anyone because she wanted it to be special. She didn’t want it to be with just any guy, but one who mattered. Cute, huh? So now all Hannah has to do is make sure by the end of the trip she gets kissed for the first time in her life by Theo.
Like I said, cute and short.
I’ve always liked stories about celebrities falling in love with “normal” people. While we didn’t have much time to get to know Hannah and Theo, the fact that we had alternating POVs helped us get a better sense of who these characters were and what they felt. Sure I wished the author had chosen to develop them fully, which would require a lot more pages and chapters, but I guess that wouldn’t work with the concept – an airport romance.
While Hannah sounded a bit young for her age, Theo felt like a more mature character. Maybe that’s a result of his experiences as someone who has seen a lot of the world while touring.
The romance was sweet and resulted in a happy ending, which is what I expected from it.
Overall, “Kisses on a Paper Airplane” is a quick and fun read.
Guest review contributed by U.S. – Brazil Book Review. As a book review diplomat of sorts, this blogger reviews books in English and Portuguese. If there’s romance in the book, she’s probably loving it.