Paper Valentine - Brenna Yovanoff

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Paper Valentine - 
Brenna Yovanoff
Released: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Synopsis: 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 realises 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.

What it's about: A girl named Hannah. A boy named Finny. A ghost named Lillian. A murdered nicknamed the 'Valentine Killer'. A race against time.

What I thought: This book was not what I expected, and I'd say that's why it took me so long to get through. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't fantastic either. Which kind of sucked, because I was super looking forward to this one. I expected to find a thriller book about a girl tracking a killer, with maybe a romance on the side, and a bit of ghostly action - but I felt the book revolved more around Finny and Lillian than it did about the 'Valentine Killer.' However, I really loved Finny and the way Hannah was around him, so that almost made up for it. I hated the way Hannah couldn't stick up herself to Lillian, she just kept letting her dead friend walk all over her. Hannah's grief over her friends death was well-written and quite realistic, despite the fact that she speaks to her on a regular basis as a ghost.

I haven't read anything else by Yovanoff, and this one won't be the last.

The Good: I thought Finny and Hannah were cute, despite how weird and fast it happened.

The Bad: This was just not what I expected at all.


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