By Brenna Yovanoff
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
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.
I’m going about reading the books I have by Yovanoff in a backwards, strange way, since I bought The Replacements and The Space Between based on a review and cover respectively, but haven’t read either yet, and bought this because there was a psycho killer in it and had to dive in. Ah, priorities.
Paper Valentine was a much different book than I thought, one that left me alone with my thoughts enough times that I couldn’t decide sometimes if I should be bored or if I was deliberately being allowed to stew. My mind filled in all sorts of twisty plot potential – and since I’m going to let you stew about it, this is going to be a relatively short review (for me, ha!).