Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: January 3, 2013 (UK)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Goodreads Stars: 2
This is the first novel I’ve ever read by Brenna, and I was really excited to finally get stuck into something she has written. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by Paper Valentine, as it didn’t live up to my expectations at all. This isn’t going to stop me from reading The Replacement, though! Nevertheless, I did have some issues with this book.
I was under the impression that Hannah, the main character, was going to be doing a lot more investigating regarding the murders than she actually did. I don’t think this book focussed enough on the murders, and far too much on the silly romance that I simply HATED.
The romance between Hannah and Finny (which sounds like a little boy’s name to me, by the way) was awful. I thought it was too rushed, since it came out of nowhere, and the two of them barely said a word to each other, even in the beginning when we are meant to see build up. One minute Hannah was running around staring at him (weird, btw) and the next he was cleaning a wound on her leg and kissing her. I didn’t like it at all. What connection could there possibly be when they haven’t spoken since he bullied her in primary school?!
I really liked the ghost storyline, although that too felt underdeveloped. We never found out why Lillian or the other ghosts were attracted to Hannah. I mean, I would have even liked a single sentence saying that she was simply more open to the paranormal or something, but there was nothing.
Another problem I had with Hannah – along with me having as much of a connection with her as Finny (lol) did – was that she didn’t stick up for herself enough. She allowed herself to be walked all over, and when she did try to talk back to her idiot friends, her comebacks weren’t even good. Hannah basically needed to learn to be a bitch back.
Some people have complained about the author trying to cover too much in one book, making it rushed and kind of all over the place. I do agree, and I am very disappointed because I was looking forward to an interesting murder mystery a la The Body Finder. Alas.