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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.

"Readers seeking a romance with sweet, salty, and spicy moments should be entertained."
— Publishers Weekly


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Published: Penguin Group on Jan 5, 2012
ISBN: 9781101559697
List price: $7.99
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This had a somewhat similar situation to E. Lockhart's Ruby Oliver series, but with a much different voice from the main character. Somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable.read more
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Underrated. That is the adjective that I decided best fits this novel. It deserves way more attention than it has gotten. I really enjoyed this story! Mostly because I loved the main character. And all the supporting characters. And all the characters that were mentioned for about two seconds. Everything about this book is just really likable. It is one of those books that you feel good reading, that you want to keep reading because the environment is like a hug. Even when things aren't so perfect for the characters, there is a warm, cozy place to retreat to. Piper was born on Valentine's Day, but she'd be the first to tell you that it means absolutely nothing. On a sliding spectrum, she'd be closer to cynic than romantic. But when her best friend's heart gets broken (again - more proof that boys are trouble) she finds that according to the unwritten best friend code, she has to go along with the plan to make everything better. Even if that means finding a date for Valentine's Day...Anyone who likes YA contemporaries is sure to like this book. It has a great mix of feel good with real life and a pinch of issues to form a most delectable concoction! Oh wait, did I mention like a third of the book takes places in the most awesome sounding candy shop? This book isn't just cuddly- it's sweet! (But maybe that's just because I had to buy a bar of chocolate to continue reading...)But seriously, this novel is a great read. Perfectly paced and enjoyable, but not fake. The story is light, sure, but there are also darker undertones of divorce, depression and overall heartbreak. I would definitely recommend it.P.S: Note to Charlie - I do all the voices! (That is in no way sexual.... you'd get it if you read it. Now you want to know, don't you!)read more
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I'm surprised that the word "cynical" doesn't appear in the book description, because it sure shows up a lot in the actual book. I've never been one to throw books on the ground and stomp on them or anything (except at the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), but I swear I was ready to do so if I read the word "cynical" one more time. I get it. Piper is cynical. But does that mean she needs to tell us constantly that she's cynical? Does that mean that other people need to continuously remind us about how cynical she is? Did you know that Piper is cynical?! Because I apparently didn't and needed to be reminded every five pages.Now that my rant is over, I can assure you that Love? Maybe really isn't so bad, once you get past the overuse of that word. The story is sweet and Piper really isn't as pessimistic as the author would apparently like you to believe. I think that's what bothered me the most about the overuse of the aforementioned word: we're constantly being told how ------- she is, but she really is a caring individual and a good friend who just maybe doesn't believe that everyone is destined to fall madly in love. She rarely puts herself above others, and it is that selflessness (which I think would be hard to find in most cynics) that helps her to develop in other areas throughout the novel.I also loved how "clean" this story was, and that no one was really made out to be a villain (except maybe Stuart, but I get that). No one is having horribly meaningless and unnecessary-to-the-plot-line sex. No one is swearing up a storm because so-and-so doesn't love them. And most of all, no one, especially not Piper, is walking around putting people down just because things don't work out the way they'd hoped. And it's not as if the characters are all having happy, hunky-dory lives, either. Things are happening, people are stressing out, and I know I would have stooped to much lower levels under the duress some of the characters face. I think all of the characters (except Stuart) are class acts, and it's truly refreshing to read a story like that. I'd feel comfortable recommending Love? Maybe to teens and even pre-teens who want to read something "older," without reservation.read more
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This had a somewhat similar situation to E. Lockhart's Ruby Oliver series, but with a much different voice from the main character. Somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable.
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Underrated. That is the adjective that I decided best fits this novel. It deserves way more attention than it has gotten. I really enjoyed this story! Mostly because I loved the main character. And all the supporting characters. And all the characters that were mentioned for about two seconds. Everything about this book is just really likable. It is one of those books that you feel good reading, that you want to keep reading because the environment is like a hug. Even when things aren't so perfect for the characters, there is a warm, cozy place to retreat to. Piper was born on Valentine's Day, but she'd be the first to tell you that it means absolutely nothing. On a sliding spectrum, she'd be closer to cynic than romantic. But when her best friend's heart gets broken (again - more proof that boys are trouble) she finds that according to the unwritten best friend code, she has to go along with the plan to make everything better. Even if that means finding a date for Valentine's Day...Anyone who likes YA contemporaries is sure to like this book. It has a great mix of feel good with real life and a pinch of issues to form a most delectable concoction! Oh wait, did I mention like a third of the book takes places in the most awesome sounding candy shop? This book isn't just cuddly- it's sweet! (But maybe that's just because I had to buy a bar of chocolate to continue reading...)But seriously, this novel is a great read. Perfectly paced and enjoyable, but not fake. The story is light, sure, but there are also darker undertones of divorce, depression and overall heartbreak. I would definitely recommend it.P.S: Note to Charlie - I do all the voices! (That is in no way sexual.... you'd get it if you read it. Now you want to know, don't you!)
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I'm surprised that the word "cynical" doesn't appear in the book description, because it sure shows up a lot in the actual book. I've never been one to throw books on the ground and stomp on them or anything (except at the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), but I swear I was ready to do so if I read the word "cynical" one more time. I get it. Piper is cynical. But does that mean she needs to tell us constantly that she's cynical? Does that mean that other people need to continuously remind us about how cynical she is? Did you know that Piper is cynical?! Because I apparently didn't and needed to be reminded every five pages.Now that my rant is over, I can assure you that Love? Maybe really isn't so bad, once you get past the overuse of that word. The story is sweet and Piper really isn't as pessimistic as the author would apparently like you to believe. I think that's what bothered me the most about the overuse of the aforementioned word: we're constantly being told how ------- she is, but she really is a caring individual and a good friend who just maybe doesn't believe that everyone is destined to fall madly in love. She rarely puts herself above others, and it is that selflessness (which I think would be hard to find in most cynics) that helps her to develop in other areas throughout the novel.I also loved how "clean" this story was, and that no one was really made out to be a villain (except maybe Stuart, but I get that). No one is having horribly meaningless and unnecessary-to-the-plot-line sex. No one is swearing up a storm because so-and-so doesn't love them. And most of all, no one, especially not Piper, is walking around putting people down just because things don't work out the way they'd hoped. And it's not as if the characters are all having happy, hunky-dory lives, either. Things are happening, people are stressing out, and I know I would have stooped to much lower levels under the duress some of the characters face. I think all of the characters (except Stuart) are class acts, and it's truly refreshing to read a story like that. I'd feel comfortable recommending Love? Maybe to teens and even pre-teens who want to read something "older," without reservation.
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Candy, cute neighbor boys, Valentine's Day, crazy best friends and secret admirer's! This book has it all. I actually really liked that the main character, Piper, was really cynical about love. I'm not saying it's good for such a young person to have such a jaded view, but it definitely added something different to the story. It also meant there was more to the story and I couldn't wait to find out why she was so down on love. Despite her hate relationship with love, I thought Piper was an excellent character. Her mom was crazy, busy with her flower shop and it often fell on Piper to take care of her little brother and sister. The kids were way more than a handful, but it was so clear how much she loved her siblings and would do anything to help out no matter how much trouble they caused. The book also spends a lot of time in the candy shop she works at, and who doesn't love candy? Her boss, Jan, was so much fun. He dispensed fatherly advice as much as he dispensed crazy truffles (kalamata caramel, anyone?). Quite a bit of the story actually takes place in his candy shop, Piper and her best friends helped him out on a regular basis. I was a fan of both of her besties. Claire was on the more sensible side and knew Piper so well. She'd suffered recent heartbreak, but she wouldn't give up on love. She was almost the anti-Piper. Jillian was the newest to their little group. She was the loud, zany friend who's always got a plan. And her plan was for them all to have love by Valentine's Day. Unforunately, you can't really plan to fall in love. Then there was Charlie, he and Piper have been neighbors and best friends forever. They frequent the roof outside Piper's bedroom for late night chats, which I loved, and he was also excellent with her younger siblings. Even though Piper is sort of dating the popular boy, Charlie is the kind of character that makes you want to shout at her and asking her why she doesn't realize how special he is. This was a fun, romantic read that had a lot of heart and a few deeper issues. Even though some parts were fairly predictable, I didn't care. I enjoyed this one all the way through and came out grinning at the end. This is definitely one worth a read :0)
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