Book Review: Paper Airplane, by Kersten L. Kelly


Paper Airplane, by Kersten L. Kelly
In this tumultuous, distinctive memoir, Kersten L. Kelly looks back on the most influential individuals that she encountered while flying through the clouds. Confined in a small vestibule for hours, Kelly identified an opportunity for learning and growth by chatting with the fellow passengers around her. After a few life changing conversations and unforgettable emergencies, she put the in-flight magazines to rest and never looked back. She recalls life lessons from perfect strangers about love, family, perseverance of dreams, and humility through a series of brief anecdotes all taking place on airplanes. Selfless philanthropy was discovered, long-term friendships bonded, and talents unveiled. The book proves the phrase “you never know what you will learn on an airplane” over and over again. Every chapter will capture the mind and sometimes the heart of anyone who jumps into this collection of humanity at its best. The personalities present in this book assimilate with the intrinsic characteristics all readers can relate to. With a raw authenticity stemming from old notes in a ragged journal, Kelly delivers a personal reflection of unique tales from a mile high.

Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Talisman Book Publishing LLC (January 1, 2013)

About the Author:

 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.

My Thoughts:
This is an interesting book about the author’s experiences as she travels the globe. Many of the experiences teach her something as she learns people’s backgrounds and stories.  It gives you a new perspective on travel. The journey isn’t always about the destination, but what you can learn along the way.

I wish there had been some dialogue to break up the large paragraphs of text and give me something to grasp hold of. Many of the stories had too many details and explanations surrounding them, but I still enjoyed the book.

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