Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative nonfiction 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 and 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. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel with her friends and family and training for running events of various distances. She likes the outdoors, social media, pop culture, and any new technologies that draw the people of the world a little bit closer together.
paper airplane: unique tales from a mile highby Kersten L. Kelly
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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.
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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.)
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.
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.
I loved this book! The author's writing is well-structured and the stories that she tells are engaging. This would be a great book to use to pass the time on a car, train or airplane ride as you will quickly lose track of time.
When I first thought about this book, I was a fence sitter. I mean I've talked to people on planes and never thought our conversations changed my life- although there was one time on a train. After reading the book, I can see why Kersten felt the need to share her moments with others. There's a lot in the book that people can relate to. I know I did. It's a nice collection of stories that maybe you've had something similar happen or heard a story about how it happened to someone you know. My only problem was that Kersten's writing style is more fact and less storyteller. I don't mean it in a bad way, but it was harder for me to connect in spots because of the fact style of writing. But other than that, I loved it. I think everyone should give it a chance!