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Paper Valentine Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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I'm bad at dancing, making decisions, and inspiring confidence as an authority figure. I suspect this is because I am short, and also terrible at sounding as though I have any idea what I'm talking about.
I was homeschooled until I was fifteen, which has probably affected my world view in ways I can't fathom.
Also, I really, really like parentheses. (Really.)
Top Customer Reviews
What would you think if I told you to read Paper Valentine without reading synopsis? I bet you'd think romance immediately. That's what I thought, because of the pretty US cover and cute title, I went for it. Now imagine my surprise when it showed up on my doorstep as the Australian cover with this paper love heart, decorated with blood? I practically went all freakish as I always try to avoid ghost stories. Even though I seem to be reading all the ones being published this year.
Paper Valentine is a mixture of three main components: Contemporary, romance and most importantly, mystery thriller. Each of these aspects fit perfectly with each other, it's so obvious of how well Brenna Yovanoff can write. Even though the beginning wasn't exactly the best, as I read this dark and creepy book, Paper Valentine grew onto me. Expect this book to stun you with twists, cute romance and overall, a quite mysterious killer.
Hannah has been seeing her best friend after six months of her death- as a ghost. But that's the least of her worries, as there's a killer on the loose, murdering girls in Hannah's suburban area, leaving children's toys and paper valentine hearts on the dead corpses. As Hannah attempts to seek out the Valentine Killer, she becomes closer to danger herself.
'Ghosts are the kind of thing you go your whole life with everyone telling you they aren't real. I believe in them anyway, because the world is full of things that no one really understands. Mostly though, I believe in them because my best friend died six months ago and now she's with me all the time, materialising silently out of the shadows, creeping closer, reaching out.'
For me, Hannah was hard character to analyse and categorise. But one thing is for sure, this girl has depth.Read more ›
I first read Brenna Yovanoff in last year's THE SPACE BETWEEN. Her writing is arresting and-at times-uncomfortably immersive. It's as if Brenna cracks open her characters skulls and lets all the messy and heartbreaking parts spill onto the pages. In PAPER VALENTINE, that same raw and naked emotion drips across every scene. As in THE SPACE BETWEEN, we meet a character whose life has been battered by grief. Hannah had to watch her vibrant, glittery best friend wither away and die-only she never ended up leaving Hannah. Lillian is like a super pissed off Jiminy Cricket, constantly telling Hannah what to do and disparaging the choices she makes. It would be funny if their relationship-both before and after Lillian's death-wasn't so tragic.
No one knows that Hannah still sees Lillian, not her overly protective mother, her boisterous and outgoing little sister, or her trio of Heathers-like friends. Certainly not the criminally inclined Finny who tormented her as a child. In the months since Lillian's death, Hannah has tried to keep a smile on her face even as her friends become less friendly, Finny becomes more confusing and surprisingly tender, and girls start dying in gruesome ways.
There are so many achingly realistic relationships portrayed here. The most compelling is the relationship between Hannah and Lillian. It's laced with anger and bitterness and a love so strong that it defies even the grave. The relationship that creeps up between Finny and Hannah is just as powerful, just as alluring, but for different reasons. Finny isn't an obvious hero or love interest. But like all good characters, he's got layers upon layers.Read more ›
There are several big issues that I have with Paper Valentine. I'm going to go through them one at a time. You may disagree with me - but as someone who reads a lot of books each year, I can tell you that there is a lot of great stuff and a lot of crap going through my hands at various times and you quickly learn to pick out what is just not good.
First: Hannah. Where do I begin? She's haunted by the ghost of her best friend. She seems to have no backbone, then suddenly has backbone. She is into boys - but only those who seem to have hurt her at some point in her past. She is so many fragments of so many different things that I had a major issue trying to just figure her out. The real mystery of the story was "Who is Hannah" - because if I cannot identify with the main character, any other mysteries or strange happenings just don't make sense to me.
Second: Hannah's parents. I know little about them except they sometimes cook together and her step-father has a sleeve tattoo. Seriously - it's mentioned at least three times. I don't know why this is relevant - is he some kind of badass?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brenna Yovanoff is one of the best writers around. I always look forward to a new book of hers and they're always on my insta-buy list. Highly recommended!Published 2 months ago by L. Tincher
I've read about three of Brenna Yocanoff's books and this one is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being a teenager is hard. It's even harder when your best friend is a ghost that only you can see and classmates are being murdered. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jessica
This is one of the times I get upset with a book synopsis — It didn’t give away any spoilers or anything (which is the reason I generally avoid reading the summaries), but when it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brittany
I absolutely loved this book. From the first page I was entranced. Engulf in this world and wrapped up in these characters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kymberlee parlatti
Paper Valentine was excellent! The plot had periods of intense suspense, great sadness, and quiet joy that made for a great read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by llg115
Let me begin by saying that I'm not a book-gusher. I don't "ohmigosh this is the best thing I've ever read" every book I buy just because I get through it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Liv
Brenna never visits the same material twice in a row. This time its about a serial killer but since it is aimed at a younger reading group, there is more creep factor than... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael Soo
I am forced to write a review. I love Brenna and her amazing books and obviously everyone should read them.Published 21 months ago by giovanna henery