How ironic this book's premise is. A girl born on Valentines Day and yet she's someone who hates the very thought of celebrating that very day, much less thinking about that dreaded four letter word: LOVE.
Title: Love? Maybe by Heather Hepler
Release Date: January 5th 2012
Published by: Dial
Source: Author (thanks Heather!)
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Just because Piper's birthday is on Valentine's Day does not mean she's a romantic. In fact, after watching her father and then her stepfather leave, she's pretty sure she doesn't believe in love at all. Then her friends concoct a plan to find them all Valentine's dates, and somehow Piper finds herself with the most popular guy in school. But true love never follows a plan, and a string of heartfelt gifts from a secret admirer has Piper wondering if she might be with the wrong guy.
In this heartwarming romance, true love is more than a maybe - and it might be closer than you think.
Piper's was born on Valentines Day and yet she doesn't share the same excitement and anticipation for it as everyone else. In fact, she feels the opposite. And like everyone else who has been let down, abandoned and got hurt because of love, may they be familial or for another person, Piper has learned to despise the very day. And yet she works in a shop that sells sweets and treats that celebrate it. Now her friends pressure her to not be alone on Valentine's, but can a non believer of love like Piper date?
Piper is this smart, kind kid who is afraid, and that's all there is to it. It's quite understandable. Why get your heart broken again? Her biological father deserted her, her step father walked out on them and all she ever does was date guys who wouldn't have the power to hurt her, make her serious, make her emotionally invested. But deep down, I think Piper still believes in love. How can she care for her younger siblings and her friends and her family if she doesn't?
I wish I had such supportive friends like Piper, who makes magic infused truffles for fun and do makeovers. It makes one miss girl bonding. Despite Piper's cynic view of love, her friends are always hopeful and helpful. Though their own relationships aren't the best example for Piper, they still do their best to remain positive, something Piper should do. You see the different types of love and the complications it brings through Piper's Mom, Claire, Jillian and Jan. The moments Piper and her friends spent crushing on Ben Donovan (yes, you have to say his complete name every time!) just made me laugh out loud. It's like me during high school all over again when I see my crush!
The truffles and all types of confectioneries this book has listed made me crave for a lot of sweets and chocolates! Can you imagine eating a Bacon flavored truffle? How about Silver M&Ms? Or Piper's Consternation Hearts! (Like what's on the book's cover)
What I know is this: You do not need magic to be in love. Some say love is like magic but there is no such thing as using spells to make someone fall in love with you. Love doesn't work that way. Piper and her friends were desperately looking for dates and a new love for Valentines Day, they didn't realize that what they're looking for is right in front of them. Like Charlie, who is such an amusing character! A guy through and through, from the huge appetite to being oblivious of most girls feelings for him even when that girl is right in front of him. This book is full of so many dense people that it's such a treat finding out if and how they will eventually come to that realization that who they need has been there all along. I live for the simple but awfully thoughtful and swift moments Charlie and Piper share. Just because everyone thinks you're going to end up together doesn't mean you will. It's the key to all of Piper's problems. She has to tell people how she really feels if she wants to move forward.
Love? Maybe is a fun, cute, short and sweet fluffy novel! It's a charming story about one girl who is not as unlovable like she thinks she is and her journey to appreciate all the love she's getting. Sometimes we get burned and we become afraid, but giving a person a second chance could go a long way. It's hard, but at least we can tell ourselves that we tried once more. With lots of funny scenes and smart advices about that four letter word, Love? Maybe is a book that will warm your hearts and make you think that maybe Valentine's Day isn't so bad. Each and every character in this book provides their own unique thoughts about love and even though some of them are not good, most will make you laugh out loud and think of how we view love in our own way.
For the cynical, for those who do not believe, Love? Maybe is a book that shows how it is to love and be loved. It's a perfect read for Valentine's Day!
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I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.