Tara Frejas is a magical writer and everyone should read her work. Seriously.
I struggled with writing this review, not just because a bunch of life stuff (and laziness) happened but also because it’s hard to find the words to describe the experience of reading Frejas’ work. I was so very tempted to just keep my review along the lines of “For the love of god, just read it!” because it’s literally the best way to understand why her stories are amazing, but I knew that wouldn’t work for a lot of people looking for their next read.
Which is why I’m here. I’m just a fan, standing in front of other readers, begging them to read Paper Planes Back Home.
I highly recommend this to people who need to feel happy again. Wanna find out why?
What do I think of the plot and treatment?
One of the best things about “Paper Planes Back Home” is the fact that it’s clearly a high-concept story.
If you break it down, you just can say that it follows two people stuck on the limbo between life and death, and the people who care about (or for) them. But the way Frejas approached this—turning the limbo into a sky full of personalized clouds, turning the “voices” of the living into paper airplanes—was so fresh and wonderful.
And then she counterpoints these wonderful fantastical scenes with moments in the real world or memories infused with levity, gravity, or both at the same time.
Tara imbues her stories with the kind of whimsy few writers are brave enough to embrace. In a world where you get the impression that whimsy is “uncool”, it takes courage to let this sort of voice out. It also takes talent for a writer to be able to use this voice while tackling some heavy themes. This writer has that in spades
I don’t want to give too much away about the characters and how they handle their situations, as getting to know them is part of what makes “Paper Planes” so wonderful. All I can say is that Gianna, Skylar, Aaron, Anna and everyone else in this story are real, are full of hope, and are people you need in your life.
Will I watch the movie or TV series?
Yes. Even if we don’t get Tara Frejas’ dream cast (oh, you’ll find out who they are at the end of the book and frankly I admire her taste), I’ll still watch the heck out of it because it’s just that great.
And if they happen to turn this into a musical (I just KNOW it will lend itself well to being a musical), then I’M SO THERE.
PS: If you want to sample her work first, check out “The ‘Forget You’ Brew”. But I really recommend that you buy her stuff.