A YA contemporary rom-com about a girl who follows a trail of paper hearts from her mystery admirer–and it’s a paperback original perfect for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and the Kissing Booth.
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?
Title: 11 Paper Hearts
Author: Kelsey Hartwell
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me wanting to solve this scavenger hunt mystery just as bad as the main character.
I really liked taking this journey with Ella, our main character. She’s missing 11 weeks of her life after losing her memory in a car accident and so this is a story about how she regains those weeks. I like how we get to go on a romantic scavenger hunt with Ella in order to help her regain her lost memories. I thought that was more fun than someone just telling her what all went down (although that would have been much easier).
Speaking of Ella, sometimes her personality would really annoy me. She was just a bit wishy-washy. I can see where that was part of her development as a character, but it was just kinda annoying as a reader.
The main mysteries of this book were pretty predictable. I didn’t mind the predictability but don’t be expecting some huge, big reveal to come out of this book. I thought the mystery was fun though.
Also, the romance was mediocre to me. That’s the main reason for my neutral rating. There were some really cute moments, but I wasn’t feeling the connection between Ella and her man. He had a strange, unpredictable personality that I think was supposed to be endearing and quirky, but I didn’t get it.
Overall, there was lots to like about this book, but nothing that I really loved. It’s kinda mediocre all over, but I still enjoyed reading it.