Paper Valentine


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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.


This is a really tough review to write, because I really do like Brenna Yovanoff’s writing style and I’ll definitely read more from her. In fact, The Replacement is already on my kindle, so I’ll definitely be reading that. I think my problem with Paper Valentine, was that it was just okay. It wasn’t amazing or gripping which I expected it to be given the synopsis.

Paper Valentine deals with a lot of issues over a fairly short book (just over 300 pages). It goes from Hannah’s depression, to ghosts haunting Hannah, to bereavement over Hannah’s best friend, eating disorders, abuse, foster care, murders, nasty girls and a little romance. I think this was just far too many issues to deal with at once. I feel that if some of them had been zoned in on more, it would’ve given the book a lot more depth and also made it more believable. I was left feeling quite disappointed that some issues were just glossed over. It got to the end, and some things had just not been tied together, which left me feeling a bit frustrated with it.

I think the characters are intriguing, especially the protagonist, Hannah and her friend Lillian. As I mentioned, Brenna’s writing is beautiful and I will definitely read The Replacements, I just didn’t feel the love for Paper Valentine.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- I was expecting great things for this book, and unfortunately I didn’t get gripped by it. I don’t regret reading it but it’s definitely not one I will re-read in the future.

Reading next:
Girl Parts- John M.Cuisick


2 thoughts on “Paper Valentine

  1. Great review! 🙂
    It’s quite a shame…the blurb sounds really interesting. I don’t know whether I should add it to my TBR pile or not. Like I said, the blurb sounds interesting but I hate when a book ends and certain things aren’t explained. Besides, if you say it isn’t as gripping as you thought it would be…

    • Thanks Joana. It’s such a tough one to call, because I do think the writer has such a beautiful writing style. Perhaps add it to your to be read list, but don’t rush to read it? 🙂

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