11 PAPER HEARTS

Ella’s life was picture perfect. She had a circle of close friends, a jam-packed social life, and an amazing boyfriend. But then something completely unexpected happened: a car accident after a Valentine’s Day dance. When Ella woke up in the hospital, she couldn’t remember the accident… or anything about the weeks before it, including the reason she broke up with her boyfriend.

Now a year later, she begins receiving paper hearts from a mysterious admirer who seems to have the answers she craves. Ella is intrigued. The hearts contain clues to help Ella remember her life before… and take her on a journey she never imagined. Following the paper hearts is the most spontaneous thing Ella has ever done… but will she find love?

Genre: Teen & Young Adult Romance/ Teen & Young Adult Fiction

Age appropriate: 12+

Number of Pages: 240 pages

Date of Publication: 05/01/2021

Author/Illustrator/Publisher:

The author of this book is 

 Penguin Random House / Underlined Paperbacks

Rating: 4/5

Review:   

This is such a cute book for teenagers and young adults. The plot of the story follows Ella who after a car accident after a Valentine’s day dance she suffered amnesia and can’t remember what happened before the accident… she couldn’t remember exactly 11 weeks before the accident. Now a year later paper hearts from an admirer start appearing with clues that might help her remember what happened in the lost weeks.

This is such a sweet and cute story and perfect for Valentine’s day. The writing was really nice to read, in a casual style and easy to follow. The pace of the story was also well managed. The author also made a great job at capturing the personalities of all the characters. I love the interaction between them and how Ella the protagonist had more complex thoughts and did not just follow other peoples lead or just float along with the plot. Ella was not just a two dimensional character making up one half of a romance, she also struggles to fit in at school even with her closest friends and how she just wanted to stand up for herself but was scared to do it. Ella’s relationship with her younger sister was also a highlight of the book and I loved how they interact and how much they love each other without always showing or expressing their feelings. The romance in the story was really sweet and I really liked that although it was cute it contained really well thought out and meaningful details that made it personal to the character and that made it truly stand out from the often generic romantic gestures the genre is saturated with.

One of the concepts that I like about the book was the mystery element where Ella didn’t know who her admirer was and this was a nice plot point. The story was a bit predictable but this didn’t take away any enjoyment from this well imagined and executed young adult romance. 

This story was such a quick read which I truly enjoyed.

Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops

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