Love? Maybe.

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hepler (The Cupcake Queen) pens an energetic Valentine’s Day tale for romantics and cynics alike. High school student Piper Paisley falls into the latter category—her birthday coincides with Valentine’s Day, but she dismisses the holiday as a “capitalist scam” and has bigger problems than a lack of a boyfriend. Between helping her busy mother care for her younger siblings, working for local confectioner Jan the Candy Man, competing on the swim team, and trying to keep up with schoolwork, she barely has time to breathe. After Piper’s friend Claire is dumped, their friend Jillian comes up with “The Plan,” which involves their getting dates by Valentine’s Day with help from a love potion. Gifts start showing up in Piper’s locker, and her longtime crush asks her out, but she remains skeptical, as well as oblivious to the person who’s been falling for her all along. While the story’s romantic trajectories are fairly transparent and the story ends tidily, readers seeking a romance with sweet, salty, and spicy moments (not unlike Jan’s candies) should be entertained. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
Booklist
"...teens will likely race through Hepler's (The Cupcake Queen, 2009) heartwarming, sweet-as-a-candy-heart novel and enjoy not only the characters' drama-filled love lives but also her realistic portrayal of imperfect friendships and families. The ending is satisfying, too: "Love? Maybe" turns out to be "Love? Yes!" after all."
From the Publisher
"...teens will likely race through Hepler's (The Cupcake Queen, 2009) heartwarming, sweet-as-a-candy-heart novel and enjoy not only the characters' drama-filled love lives but also her realistic portrayal of imperfect friendships and families. The ending is satisfying, too: "Love? Maybe" turns out to be "Love? Yes!" after all." — Booklist

"...goes beyond the usual teen romance and explores love from different angles — lost love, friendships, family love, forgiveness, and hope...Fun, light, with morsels of sadness and plenty of chocolate" — VOYA

"Hepler (The Cupcake Queen) pens an energetic Valentine's Day tale for romantics and cynics alike....readers seeking a romance with sweet, salty, and spicy moments (not unlike Jan's candies) should be entertained." — Publishers Weekly

VOYA - Jane Gov
Despite being born on Valentine's Day and working in a candy shop, Piper is cynical, grouchy, and certainly not a romantic. In order to boost the spirits of a friend going through a breakup, she agrees to go along with a Valentine's Day plan, a fanciful scheme that includes selecting boys to pursue and developing a love potion. Piper never expected the plan to actually work, so it surprised everyone when the most popular guy in school is suddenly interested in her. Even more mysterious are the gifts she receives from a secret admirer. Regardless of her luck, Piper is still disenchanted, but with the help of a few good friends, she might be able to find that ounce of hope. Although Love? Maybe qualifies as a love story, it is not necessarily a romance. There are bits of romance, but the story goes beyond the usual teen romance and explores love from different angles—lost love, friendships, family love, forgiveness, and hope. Hepler establishes realistic, relatable, and strong characters with very endearing relationships. Some of the dialogue may sound somewhat cliche, but the charming banter between Piper and her friends more than makes up for it. Fun, light, with morsels of sadness and plenty of chocolate, this story is not exactly book-report-worthy, but it will attract readers looking for a quick escape into a coming-of-age novel. Reviewer: Jane Gov
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Piper Paisley has good reason to be cynical about love: she's seen both her father and her stepfather abandon her family, and she's in the process of seeing one of her two best friends get dumped by her boyfriend as well. So Piper's contribution to the pre-Valentine's Day festivities at the candy store where she works is the creation of "consternation hearts" with messages like "Not Likely," "Yuck," "Go Away," and "U Stink." But then her friend Jillian comes up with a Plan to console heartbroken Claire: each girl in the trio of friends is to target two possible boys as Valentine's Day sweethearts, and to prepare for the V-Day campaign with makeovers and irresistible aphrodisiac truffles. It would be too mean of Piper not to go along with the Plan for Claire's sake, wouldn't it? Even if she knows that Valentine's Day "is just a capitalist scam" and that love is "just not for me?" As young adult novels become increasingly dark, edgy, and bitter, it's a yummy treat to find one that is bright, breezy, and big-hearted. Spoiler alert: This is a book with a happy ending, no, with happy endings all around—an affirmation of forgiveness, girlfriend power, second chances, unexpected kindness, fundamental decency, candy, and, yes, most of all, love. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Piper Paisley of Atlanta is going to turn another year older on Valentine's Day, and her friends are certain that she wants to find love, so they make a plan to each have a boyfriend for the special day. Piper is not so sure they're right, but she plays along and finds herself dating Ben Donovan, one of the most popular boys in school, but it doesn't seem right. What's even stranger is that Piper begins to receive Valentine gifts in her locker. Who is sending them? While this is a fun book about friendship and romance with a hint of mystery, the plot moves at a glacial pace. Readers may feel compelled to cut to the chase and read the ending before actually finishing the book.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
Kirkus Reviews
An emotionally constipated girl falls in love. Although she was born on Valentine's Day, Piper Paisley believes that "being hopeful is just a big setup for disappointment." Not that she doesn't come by her skepticism about love honestly. She's watched her mother's two marriages fall apart and felt the pain of losing both her father figures, men who she thought really cared about her. Because of this unconscious fear of rejection, Piper is the "queen of pushing people away," coming up with superficial Seinfeld-like reasons to rebuff any male who finds her attractive. But the people who love Piper aren't about to let her stay in her shell forever, and this emergence is the heart of the novel. Despite the its good intentions, the book lacks spice, and not much tension is generated in this earnest story of emotional awakening. Perhaps it's because the characters, though sometimes misguided, are essentially so well meaning that readers cannot ever doubt that the whole thing will end with a lesson learned and a group hug. The particular lesson, that while "hearts are delicate," they're also "amazingly resilient," is nevertheless valid, and while the story won't attract readers outside of a narrow demographic, girls in need of emotional comfort should find it satisfying. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803737211
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 916,878
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Hepler grew up in North Texas. She has lived in Reno, on the coast of Maine, in the interior of Alaska, and near Death Valley, but she currently is being held against her will in Tyler, Texas. She holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She works as a reviewer for VOYA, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Media Connection, and The New York Times. Her first novel, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight (Dutton) is set for release in May 2006. The second, The Dream Factory (Dutton) will be released Spring 2007. Her writing has also appeared in the Southwest Review and the Cincinnati Review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Amazing

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!! I just fell in love with this book. I was looking for some great fat books and so I went to the library and I found thid book. While I wa reading it I felt like I could never put this book down. Well I'm a Hunge Games fan and thos books are my favorit books of all time, but I must say this book must be the next best book in my world. I encourage people to read this book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    The book

    This book is so amazing. You should read it.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    I loved it!

    I bought this book at a book fair at my school. It was really good! This book was truely amazing and I highly recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    BELIEVE IN LOVE

    i loved this book and would highly recomend it

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    In response to 'vanesa rocks' ......

    The answer is YES!!! Whoevers healine was entitled "Vanessa rocks," read this book! It gets sooo way better! Its an amazing love story with main characters thay you will absolutely fall in love with! I certainly did:)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    WOW

    This book was just amazing. It was amazingly well written and im so sad that it does not have a sequel. For those of you who liked the cupcake queen, this is even better!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Fantastic!

    One of tthe best books i've read in a long time!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Love

    I loved this book soooo much. Every one should read it. It lets people understand that even if your life is messed up, love can help u rise again. : )

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Vanessa Rocks

    I read the sample, but Im not that interested in the book should i get it though? SOMEBODY tell MEEEEeEe

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Cool

    I read sample but real book is to expensive. WAY TO EXPENSIVE?

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Vvbbb

    Good book club book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Great read.

    Piper has never been that kind of girl who thinks about romance. After her friend Jillian comes up with a plan to help them get dates she ends up dating Ben Donovan she is not sure she is all that crazy for him. Piper might have feelings for her friend Charlie. Who will she end up with? This is a great read especially if you are looking for a great Valentines book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2015

    This book is good it is really interesting the title doesn¿t loo

    This book is good it is really interesting the title doesn’t look very exciting but once you read it is a very good book. It is about a girl that has a huge crush on this boy and is trying to get a boyfriend. Her friend thinks it’s stupid she says that she should start worrying about school instead of worrying of getting a boyfriend.But she keeps saying that a boyfriend is more important to her than education. I sort of liked this book it was good it wasn’t what I thought it would’ve been I thought it was going to be about something else instead of a crush I thought it was going to be about someone falling in love not getting in love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Love? Maybe.

    This was a good read. I read it when i was ten, eleven, or twelve though. Now that im older, if i reread it i might have a different opinion about how good it was. This book suits younger readers. Not exsactly for teenagers. Thanks! -bookworm14

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    I think this book was marvelous! I give this book a 4 out of 5 s

    I think this book was marvelous! I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it was boring in the beginning. It was giving general information about the main character, piper. She lives with her mom and two younger siblings,  Don and Lucy, her parents split up at age 7, her crushes name is Ben Donovan, she is in high school and her best friends are Claire, Jillian, and Charlie. The book had no surprises or drama going on at that point in the book. I just wish it had a little bit more excitement. Regardless, the book was excellent. I could not put it down after the first few chapters. See, piper starts to get surprise gifts in her locker, and naturally assumes that it was Jillian. Although to my surprise it wasn't her who sent them because she doesn't know piper’s locker combination. In fact it was (SPOILER ALERT) Charlie. Which I didn't see coming but know that I think of it, the book really gives hints to the reader about this up until this point. I also liked that this book was a romantic story. This is because I love romantic stories. It is really based of a girl who doesn't believe in love because of her dad walking out on her family and how it affected her mom. Then learns that love does exists in life. Which later in the book this makes her realizes that she really does like Charlie and not Ben. Anyway this is why I think it is a great read and why I only gave it four stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Anonymous

    Was gonna purchase from book fair, but it wasnt hard cover. Thankfully, i have bn to help me buy it instead

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    AHHHHHHH-MAZING

    This book is the best book I have ever read I hope there's a second book :D

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    love it

    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING TOTALLY A GOOD BOOK

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    LOVED IT XD

    I LOVED IT SOOO MUCH WISH IT DIDNT END :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Skye Dawn pt. 1

    I wiped my brow. Whew, the crazy ladies were gone. I walked to the park bench and sat down exhausted. "Hello dear." said a raspy voice. I jumped and spun around. I unsheathed my sword. Crazy ladies again. "I thought you were dead you nasty bums!" I yelled at them. They cackled and advanced forward, closer to me. I took a step back. The first lady with the blue afro lunged at me and suddenly she changed. Into her dracaenae form. I dodged swipe and sliced her head off. The other two ladies glared at me and went off into the woods. "Looks like you know how to kill monsters, shrimp." someone behind me said. I turned around and gasped. -- next part at Dork Diaries res. 1. Comments and character app. @ dumpling days by Grace Lin
    ~Skye D.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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