Release Date: January 8, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.
I was intrigued by Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff ever since I saw that gorgeous cover. Then it showed up on my doorstep and I couldn’t have been more excited. As soon as I cracked open the pages I was in love. Brenna Yovanoff created a lush and atmospheric story filled with ghosts, murders, and friendship.
Paper Valentine has a lot going on. Girls are getting murdered. The main character is being haunted by her best friend who died of a horrible, slow, selfish disease. She’s also falling for a boy who is the epitome of trouble maker. It seems like it would be too much, but it wasn’t at all. Everything was woven together so well. I can’t imagine the story without one of these elements.
Hannah was a great main character. I loved the odd and sometimes turbulent relationship between Hannah and Lillian, her dead best friend. It was a very unique dynamic. Paper Valentine isn’t heavy on the romance, but there is some. Finny Boone is a quiet, broody bad boy that is supposed to be beneath Hannah. Their relationship slowly blooms, but isn’t the focus of the story at all.
Paper Valentine also kept me on my toes. I never guessed who the murderer was and I was pretty surprised when it did come out. All in all, this was a fabulous read. The writing was just as gorgeous as Brenna’s first book, The Replacement. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something with mystery and vivid writing.