Love? Maybe.: A Book Review

Hi!

Love? Maybe.

Love? Maybe. by Heather Hepler

*Read on my Kindle

Summary: Just because Piper Paisley was born on Valentine’s Day does not mean she’s a huge fan of love and all that mushy romantic stuff. Actually, she tries her best to avoid it at all means. Her friends Jillian and Claire? They’re the exact opposite. They would both like to have a BF by Valentine’s Day, and Jillian has created “The Plan” to help the three find their so-called true love. Claire was just dumped by her ex-boyfriend Stuart, so she is still recovering from a broken heart. Jillian keeps flirting with Piper’s longtime friend and neighbor Charlie, but Piper notices her blushing every time the slightly nerdy Jeremy walks by. And Piper? She’s always wanted Ben Donovan, the popular jock, to ask her out. Everything seems to be going according to “The Plan,” when tension begins to build between Piper and Charlie, and she realizes that she didn’t feel any sparks with her and Ben. It will be one interesting Valentine’s Day, for sure!

My Thoughts: Spoilers ahead ;) Oh, I have waited so long to read this book! I’ve known about it from early December, and I finally got around to reading it this weekend. Heather Hepler is definitely up there with outstanding YA/middle school authors. She creates such a realistic story, and her characters are easy to connect with, and they feel “real.” The summaries make it sound like a fluffy, light romance novel, but it really isn’t. The story doesn’t revolve around the love, it focuses on Piper and her buddies. I was pleasantly surprised, and I was happy to see that the romance factor wasn’t as large as I had originally thought. Piper’s character development was spot-on! She complained just the right amount, not so much that it got annoying, but enough that it gave the reader more sense of her character. However, how long does it take for the stupid girl to realize that Charlie LOVES her?!?!  I knew from the very beginning that they were going to end up with each other, but, I guess, for her, she needs to be sick to figure it out. Anyhoo, I’m done ranting for now. Charlie was hilarious and cute at the same time, and I preferred him {and his large stomach} over Ben Donovan. Ben was a bit too self-centered for my tastes. Claire and Jillian were FAB friends, and they put up with Piper, and were extremely supportive. Sure, they went a little over the top with “The Plan,” but you could tell that they cared about each other. The apology scene between Jillian and Piper was the best chapter in the entire book. So sweet! Jan was the father that Piper needed, and I loved his boastful and enthusiastic energy. He had a nice “vibe” as a character. Speaking of, how many divorces do we need in YA? I could name over a dozen books right now…

Pros: Terrific character development and a cute and entertaining plot.

Cons: Nothing that comes to mind, although there were some aspects to the story that I could have done without.

Heads Up: It is a romantic story, but that’s really it.

Overall: I give it 5 stars {*****} for another winner by Heather Hepler! I recommend it for ages 12 and up.

I apologize for the amount of the love stories lately! Only one more, and then I am staring Cinder by Marissa Meyers…

I put a more springy background and header up now that we are “officially” in spring :)

Bella :)

*I am starting a FAQ {Frequently Asked Questions} page! I would love to hear any questions you would an answer to, no matter how basic, in the comments below. It can be anything from my favorite color to how I make my headers. It should be up and running in the next few weeks!
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