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Paper Boats

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  17,661 ratings  ·  1,687 reviews
She’s a free-spirited dreamer. He’s a brilliant painter. But now their shared passion for art has turned into something deeper.…

For as long as she can remember, Kugy has loved to write. Whimsical stories are her passion, along with letters full of secret longings that she folds into paper boats and sets out to sea. Now that she’s older, she dreams of following her heart an
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Amazon Crossing (first published 2004)
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Truly one of the most painful things I've read in awhile. Four hundred pages of characters being stupid, and "self-sacrificing" in the name of LOVE. Uh, sorry folks, that's not love. You don't marry someone because you don't want to break their heart.

Kugy, a girl who the author loves to repeatedly tell us is brave, and quirky, and doesn't care what anyone thinks, apparently cares A LOT what other people think, to the point where she does a ridiculous amount of hiding. Least brave heroine ever.
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book feels like something I would have written in high school in that every character speaks in the same affected "quirky" way, and in that it's fucking awful. I wanted to read something light and fluffy while getting my hair done today, but my goodness, this was an insult to my intelligence. DNF'd at 30%. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent quick read. Maybe it was better in its original language.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction
I can't tolerate angsty teenage romances. The only thing worse is angsty teenage romances featuring sparkly vampires. ...more
Naya Hasan
Not my cup of tea.
Nalala ✿
Jun 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! Forgot to log this one. Finished reading this on june 11th. In short, i would describe this as THE BEST INDONESIAN YOUNG ADULT FICTION I've read by far, NOT GONNA LIE. ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

A sweet story about Kugi and Keenan, one a story teller and one a painter. Their path to becoming a couple is complicated. The childlike hope of telling fairy tales and painting for a living clash with a reality to have a career, a job and a paycheck.

The transition from childhood to adulthood while maintaining childlike creativity, joy and hope is a bumpy struggle.

Conflict happens when parental expectations, assumptions and well-meaning friends complicate things further.

The main charact
I picked this up through one of those $2 credits on select books if you subscribe to some Amazon list and didn't expect much from it. I am so glad I picked it up. It is a different take on the romance genre, at least for me - someone who doesn't typically read romance. It is well written and feels authentic, though it's not a depiction of a dating culture I'm familar with. This is a light, warm, beach read for a bright little pick-me-up, which is exactly what I was looking for. Koogi and Keenan ...more
Caitlin Johnston
This books is beautiful beyond words. In its joy, but also in its heartache. Who hasn’t known what it’s like to waiver between dream and reality? Love and duty? Desire and responsibility? These characters walk a tightrope full of universal questions. It is all too easy to relate as we take the loving, and sometimes painful, journey with them. Life isn’t as simple as finding your soulmate. It rests precariously on the choices that either move you closer to that future together, or keep you apart ...more
Syafira Angelina
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indonesia, c-r-y


Excuse me since I want to fangirling over Kugy and Keenand and their relationship....
Naomi Jayalaksana
It speaks about love and the painful of keeping your most precious feeling to yourself. The bottom line is...share it!

Very entertaining book! :)
I loved the start and am approximately halfway but I have to admit defeat. I'm just not in the mood for all this angst, tbh, so I'm giving up though I may decide to pick it back up in the future.

If you love soapies, you'd most probably enjoy this novel but I don't have patience for them anymore so I'll have to let this one go too.
Peggy Harris
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I thought it didn't exist, but here it is! I found it. The NEVERENDING STORY.

I don't know why I punished myself and read it all in a single day, but perhaps I was thinking that the story HAD to end sometime.

The book spans over a time period of four years. FOUR YEARS.
Now don't get me wrong. This can be done and done well. In Anita Shreve's "The Last Time They Met," the story spanned throughout the characters' whole lives just about. But this book seemed to go on and on and you knew where it wa
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one of my favorite book ever and I will always want this book.
They also adapt this book into two-parts movies and the movies are as perfect as the book can be.

This book centers around two young people each with different hobbies and ambitions. They are the epitome of their own dreams. The girl likes to write and the boy likes to draw. Together they dream to make their own story book. They would complete each other. But sometimes the reality is not goin
Maple n peaches
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My rating is between.... 2.5 or 3 star.

The plot: I like it, but nearing the end, mungkin 2/3 buku, I get bored.

The characters
Kugy is a fresh yet cliche. for me, who have met sooo many 'unique' personality, Kugy is not classified as 'aneh', she's just 'beda'.
The cliche are:
- she is described as strange, the quality that will make her stand out from the inside. but she is also beautiful, the quality that will make people want to overlook or try to understand her weirdness.
I get this all the time "
Marci Sutmiller
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. It was definitely one that kept me picking up my book every spare minute when I could read. I had it on my Kindle for a while before I read it (so many books, so little time) but one day I decided to go back and read something that I'd had for a while and I randomly picked this one. I'm really glad I did!

This was probably one of the Amazon deals, or one of the free monthly choices for Prime members. I don't usually choose books that take place in a country with whic
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than LaLa Land

Similar story about dreamers, with a love triangle (or two) but these are the most delightful characters, complete with endearing quirks, family life (cousins, siblings and parents) and friend groups in addition to their dream of creating.

They meet at college and instantly connect. I found myself very drawn to them, their dreams and their uniqueness. (Fellow aliens, as their friends refer to them.) They also have big hearts, and a common desire to do good in the world.

Not f
Disclosure: I would like to thank Goodreads and Amazon for the copy of Paper Boats by Dee Lestari (translated by Tiffany Tsao).

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5, which according to the goodreads scale means: “I liked it!” This was an enjoyable book to read, but not life changing. The characters are believable and their life stories and adventures, though complex, are believable. It is actually refreshing to read a romance novel where the characters go through multiple realistic problems. My stru
Pamela Barrett
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
“The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants.” Is the refrain I heard in my mind as I read Dee Lestari’s coming of age novel about two young people who met in college in Indonesia. Kugy the young woman is unique and so different from her friends at school. She is a talented writer of fairy tales, but feels that it is not a practical way to make a living so she only writes for herself. Keenan, the young man is an artist who wants to pursue his art, but his father wants him to take over the family busine ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adapted, 2020-reads
This Indonesian NA romance set at the turn of the millennium hit me right in the feels, complete with the ~struggling artist and complicated™ moments. It's told in multi POV so a lot of texture and context there, but I thought plot overstayed and overall story could have been shorter. There's the matter of it coming across as YA at times, so if that's not your thing... WHY NOT? Anyway, the friendship and family dramas can be relatable, and the '99~'03 nostalgic throwback can make the emotional c ...more
Lizzy Sunderhaus
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet with a happy ending...

First loved the ending because it turned out the way I hoped...

Secondly, I want to be a spy for Neptune, too! The female lead was amazingly weird, and I loved how she developed throughout. Yes, as we age, we sometimes have to give up dreams, but there are those rare few who know what they will be from the beginning and pursue it with all their heart, through trial and tribulations untold.

It was a privilege to read this book when I won it from Goodreads. It int
Nicole Weber
The overall story isn't bad at this point but it feels like it should be starting to resolve itself...then I look down and see I'm only 35% of the way through. I do t know how much longer I can deal with this will they get together story line. It feels like they are at the climax were they should be getting together but then what will the other half of the book be about? This might be a book I quit early.

Finished it during my insomnia. So I liked reading a book that takes place in a country and
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
If this wasn't translated I would give this book 2 stars, but I think a lot of Dee Lestari's writing lost its style through translation. I liked the ever present art theme throughout the story, and how the main characters interacted together. I thought the banter between the friends was very realistic. Unfortunately, besides our main character, Kugy, the characters were flat, especially the men and Keenan's love interests. There is a part towards the end that is infuriating! Both characters invo ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if it was this book or it was the translation. The plot is more like a cheesy teen flick than actual Dee Lestari’s novel. Love triangle for university students anyone? And of course one of them had to be a mixed-blooded, a damsel in distress and an antagonist in the form of a rich girl looking for love. Sounds like sinetron plot already? Because I feel that it is, and might it be written for that purpose?

The starting was already clumsy, the middle was even worse and the ending? 👋🏻

Ambro Zia
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Look, this book is too good to pass up. It took a slow start but before I knew it, I'd been sucked into the vortex of heartfelt fiction! The characters are relatable, lovable, and cute. And the conflicts struck me as if I were caught in the middle myself. It all made for a beautiful ending, one that helped me finish the final page with a content smile. Wonderful story progression and character relationship unfoldings. I really do not want to spoil the book for anyone so that's all I'll sa
Lauren Berger
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure I can put a finger on exactly what it is about this book that made me fall in love with it so deeply. Thirty pages in, I was hooked. Then my heart was systematically torn apart. I read the entirety of this book on a constant state of heartache. It made the characters even more relatable. If you’ve ever had a dream, you will find yourself in this characters. I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn’t reading. I threw the book down in exasperation at times. I found myself g ...more
Karen M
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, innocent and noble

I didn't realize that Ms Lestari was Indonesian when I started reading this novel, so I found the style of her writing very intriguing. It is is a beautiful and somewhat twisted love story that I found hard to put down. The characters are developed and the love is pure. This is not a typical romance novel, but a story about friends who are there for each other. I found Kugy to be a delightful and unique person. As I suppose is typical of the way these people were raised,
Donna Mae Smith
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first finding romance book I have ever read (other than Gone With the Wind). It was well translated and well written, yes, just not my kind of story. I greatly enjoyed being dunked into a different cultural pool, and the characters were entertaining. I got a bit sleepy in the middle; I wanted the romance part over and to get back to the art, I guess. I could read that others would love the build up Lestari created. I know this is a good book, and I did keep reading it. I look forward ...more
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Dee Lestari, is one of the bestselling and critically acclaimed writers in Indonesia.
Born in January 20, 1976, she began her debut with a serial novel: Supernova in 2001. Supernova’s first episode, Kesatria, Putri, dan Bintang Jatuh (The Knight, The Princess, and The Falling Star), was sold phenomenally, achieving a cult status among Indonesian young readers. She has published four other episodes:

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