Paper Airplane: Unique Tales From A Mile High

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
In this tumultuous, distinctive memoir, Kersten L. Kelly looks back on the most influential individuals that she encountered while flying through the clouds. She recalls life lessons from perfect strangers about love, family, perseverance of dreams, and humility. The book proves the phrase “you never know what you will learn on an airplane” over and over again. More

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About Kersten L. Kelly

Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative non-fiction 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 & 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 as well as international travel in her spare time. This book is her first piece of published work.

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Review by: Chrissy on Feb. 24, 2014 :
3.5 stars

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.)
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: gaele hi on April 22, 2013 :
I’m a flyer who jealously guards my down-time when flying: I don’t necessarily want to interact with the people around me, preferring to delve into a book, prep for a meeting, or work on an itinerary for down time in the city I land in. Interaction is, however, sometimes inevitable: finding those gems in that interaction is what makes this book unique.

Taking moments to relay the stories and tales from her seat-mates on her flights, Kelly manages to deftly present the story and weave in several facts and statistics that provide a look at the flight stories we all have and give them a twist. A careful arrangement and detailed scene setting to place the story into a context, and provides an opportunity to further the depths of meaning within each tale.

My personal preference would have given more emotional context to the stories, but the author’s ability to present them clearly and distinctly provided space for my own emotional interpretations, while providing some background factual information that I never would have sought out, nor known without her additions.

If you are a traveller who likes to share with your fellow frequent flyers, this is a book that would work a treat for opening conversational gambits with your seatmates.

I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for the Indies Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
Review by: Connie McElfresh on Feb. 2, 2013 : (no rating)
Everyone has a story. The fact that this author has taken the time to listen to these stories is something in this day
and age when we are all plugged into our
electric devices. This book is very interesting has each chapter is it's own story.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
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