Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Published by Razorbill
Genres: Young Adult
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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. - via GoodReads
When I picked up this book I was so excited for a darker YA story about a paper valentine killer who was coming for Hannah. I soon started the book and realized I was in for something very different than what I thought I was going to read.
I will admit to only making it through about 100 pages of this before I had to call it quits. The reason I had to stop with this book was because the story was sold as one thing and was about something completely different.
I was hoping for that darker story with mystery, a killer, and two girls who would do anything to stop him. What I got instead was a sad story about a girl named Lillian dying from anorexia and how Hannah stood around and let her pass. WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!? Yes that is exactly what I said as I started to realize the reason Hannah would save small pieces or bites of her food was because that is the only food that Lillian was willing to eat in a day. Lillian felt if something didn’t come from her own portion of food on her own plate then she could eat it. The reader realizes that Lillian has to be dead from her lack of eating and the fact that she literally wasted away in front of Hannah and a few other girls who called themselves her friends. Again I must say WHAT!?!?!?!?
This story was so utterly ridiculous to me that I can’t even wrap my brain around it. Hannah even states at one point that she literally let Lillian waste away in front of her and she did nothing to stop it. I just can not even begin to imagine standing around while I let my best friend die in front of my own eyes! I had to give up on this book because I could not believe Hannah was actually a human, no human should stand by and watch someone die of something so stupid.
This was DNF for me.