What a surprising read! I love it when books are unexpectedly good. This is the second book I’ve read by Brenna Yovanoff and there is such an addicting, unique quality to her writing, I find her style so unique and she is now officially an autobuy author for me! It’s my mission to read the rest of her books.
Paper Valentine is a murder mystery/ paranormal mash up where the main character Hannah is haunted by her dead best friend, Lillian, and together they begin to get caught up in the current murders that are happening to young girls in their community.
Freaky alert. This book gave me the creeps at times. Be prepared to get a little scared as there are ghost flashes, graphic murder scenes and disturbing things all round. Though disturbing seems to be Brenna Yovanoff’s forte and she does it very well.
This had some tropes that in a normal circumstance, I would not like such as bitchy popular girl group, toxic relationships, the bad boy that is actually good and a hint of insta love. Maybe I was in the right mood, but these things did not bother me so much. The bitchy girl groups was surprisingly dynamic and the insta love was reminiscent of high school first love. I found it to be more cute than annoying.
There was also the issue of anorexia is this book. Dead bestie Lillian succumbed to anorexia and I liked Yovanoff’s portrayal of the illness. This does not happen often, as I find most portrayals to be highly unrealistic and not at all what dealing with anorexia is actually like. The complexity is shown really well through Lillian’s multiple discussions with Hannah and it made total sense to me.
Overall I loved this book and I think it deserves a solid 4.5 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good young adult murder mystery.