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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
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Amazon Crossing (first published 2004)
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Liz
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent quick read. Maybe it was better in its original language.
Penny
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Kindle)

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
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Magen
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
Kelly
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.
Kerri
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.
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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 ...more
Syafira Angelina
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-r-y, indonesia
HANDS DOWN!

ONE OF THE BEST ROMANCE NOVELS IN INDONESIA WITH TWO OF THE BEST CHARACTERS THAT I CANNOT FORGET IN MY MIND.

Excuse me since I want to fangirling over Kugy and Keenand and their relationship....
Bellaryn
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OhmyGod
Love everything about this book

karakter:
alur/plot:
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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! :)
Heather


What do you have to sacrifice to be a "grown up"?
In 1999, Keenan and Kugy start university in Indonesia. Keenan is being forced to go by his father. Keenan wants to be an artist but his father wants him to take business courses in order to have a real career. Kugy wants to be a writer. She's been writing fairy tales her whole life.

Kugy also writes notes to Neptune on paper boats and sends them out to sea.

Most of the translated fiction that I've read has been fairly serious. I surprised to
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Tiffany
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly heart wrenching romance with a light hearted beginning. Kugy is an imaginative and playful young woman starting out in university, who dreams of becoming a teller of tales, a fairy tale writer. Keenan is a young man attending the same university, and he dreams of becoming a painter, though his dad wants him to study economics. They fall in love with each other but never admit it, and this novel follows their multi-year journey of stepping fully into themselves.

Some themes:
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Elizabeth
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways but that in no way impacts my review.*

I have so much to say about this book that I don't even know where to begin. The book tells the story of Kugy and Keenan, two college students who meet and are instantly drawn to each other. The story takes place over several years as the two become closer and further apart, never truly being in the right place at the right time in their lives.

But the book isn't just about Kugy and Keenan's
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Marci Sutmiller
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Teressa
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
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Jana
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
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Hannah
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
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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 ...more
kb
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian, 2020-reads, adapted
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 ...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
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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
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Tori
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 ...more
Ambro Zia
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

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
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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,
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Megan Bowler
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet but frustrating story of two people who should be together. I liked the characters and how everything came together in the end but I feel like much of what happened could have been avoided if the main characters were honest with their feelings upfront. Regardless, it was a fun read.

I thought the writing was a little choppy sometimes and something was a little off - like maybe it was a translation. Then I realized it probably was a translation (duh). After realizing this, I
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Mary
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a lovely novel about love, loss, and finally coming to grips with reality. It took me longer than usual to finish, however, when I realized that Kugy and Keenan's story was going to be dragged through months and years of their trying to deny their love for each other, for no apparent reason. The story was beautiful, but it just didn't feel realistic in why they kept dancing around their love and pulling others into their worlds, just to disappoint them in the end. I truly felt bad for ...more
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
Laurel Garver
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable coming of age story of creativity and the joys of having a creative equal who challenges you to push yourself. I found the Indonesian setting especially intriguing and liked getting to know more about growing up in that culture.

The romantic plotline was well done and keeps you guessing up until the very end. As someone who gets easily bored with formula romance, but adores a good love story, I found this a really fun read.
Lloyd G.  Kay
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book where the characters come alive off page

I love this book because it is character driven and the characters in the book are memorable so much so that you care about them I highly recommend this read it was one of life didn't want to put down at times and it said in a country that I've never been able to visit and I've traveled a lot but I literally could see the country in my minds eye as I read the book
Lori Niemuth
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful

This book is just beautiful. Realistic characters you will like, believable situations and great settings. The author doesn't bog you down with paragraph after paragraph when a character is feeling an emotion -- a bad habit of many writers. Even though I knew how the book was going to end, the journey was thoroughly satisfying.
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Dee Lestari, is one of the bestselling and critically acclaimed writers in Indonesia.
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