Love? Maybe.

Love? Maybe.

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by Heather Hepler
     
 

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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

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.

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


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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101559697
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/05/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
642,621
File size:
418 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

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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Love? Maybe. 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of tthe best books i've read in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book and would highly recomend it
ReadingxTea More than 1 year ago
I am a teenage girl so the stories plot did interest me and it was the first book I read in my barnes and noble order. To make my review shorter and straight forward I will say that there was zero character development with Piper, the story had little to do about the popular guy and their "relationship" and I was so bored I couldn't help but skim through some pages BECAUSE IT WAS THAT BORING. One more thing the authors writing was something that a 4th grader could produce.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Spoiler included) This book was not very good! It was slow, boring, and had a lack of drama. I thought this would be a romance but there was hardly any love. THE BOOK WAS WAY TOO SLOW! Although the characters were much older, it seemed like the characters were in 5th grade because their was no cursing or even kissing!! It was also very very predictable... i guessed that charlie was piper's secret and that they would end up together in the end. I am 13 but i thought this was light and boring. I would maybe reccomend it to a 10 year old looking to read an age appropriate coming-of-age novel. Sorry for the hate but that is my opinion.
Zahida More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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kallystachms14 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED IT SOOO MUCH WISH IT DIDNT END :)
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I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the book the story is really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was worth the money I swear. I didnt read it on the nook. I read it hardcover. But when I tell you that it is worth the $8 and some odd cents , I am NOT lying!!!!!!!!!!! Would you like to be my friend? I assume you are about 12 or 13 since you want to read this book. Reply to Cate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample it was okay! but but the book cost to much should i buy it!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character of this book is Piper Paisley. Piper has three friends, Claire, Jillian, and Charlie. Piper’s problem is her birthday is on Valentines Day, so her friends think she is so romantic. They also think she needs a boyfriend. She said she wasn’t ready for love but Claire and Jillian won’t stop bugging her. Then she falls in love with the most popular boy in school. Her friends are exited about that and are finally happy with her. I liked this book because it is about someone’s life and the author did a really great job. I recommend this amazing book to 4th and 5th graders because sometimes it’s a little hard to understand but it’s a good book. It is a wonderful book and hope you enjoy it soon!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read this book yet but lots of kids at my school are reading it so i cant wait to read th book when i get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book club book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book, I hope you make more. Best book that I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started reading and it is AMAZING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds good :)