“How bad does it have to be for us to do something? How much bad? How bad can we be in return? Can anything be evened out?”
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller.
POV: First person.
⚠ Content Warnings: Bullying. Transphobia on a support character. Sexual Harassment. Gun Safety. Cyber bullying.
⚠ Read if: you are a teen movie and mystery fan. Also, just read it if you are a parent or a guardian, as well as a teen.
Love, Heather was a read that drew me in because of the cover, but I was surprised with how the book turned out. It actually took me a few hours to write this review because I felt like I needed an exhale and clear my mind.
This book talks about many issues that young adults face in this contemporary world, especially in high school. To be honest, it still amazes how teens can be so mean and cruel. Where do they get all that angst and anger?
Stevie, the main character, is childhood bestfriends with Lottie, but finds they are drifting apart after they were suddenly adopted by a cool Mean Girls-ish clique and school. Stevie struggles with maintaining a friendship without being overtly clingy, and spectacularly fails.
Things only get worse when Stevie gets bullied in school, which even gets worse online. Her former friend, Lottie, turned her back on her and she had no one else.
Stevie finds herself with a new friend, Dee, who is cool, mysterious and doesnt give a flying f*** about what other people think. They started talking about their small world’s messed up sense of justice, and were eager to bring it to their own hands, 80s revenge flick style.
It started innocently with small pranks and a signature Love, Heather signature a la the film, Heathers. Suddenly, people in school saw them differently even though things were supposed to be anonymous. Then, slowly, other people joined in. Love, Heather became a series of anonymous instensifying pranks because of their twisted sense of justice.
But this is not the book’s entire story. Suddenly, there was a plot twist that blew me away. Everything at the 75% mark until the story’s conclusion was so intense that I was really in shock afterwards.
This book teaches so much of the value of mental health, the complexity of friendships and parent-child relationships, and how they can actually mess up a person and the life of people around them.
Kudos to author for that great build up as well as the writing style. Also, it was amazing how she showed that things are not always black and white. That humans, really, are complex and emotional beings.
This book is a strong recommendation for required reading for teenagers, even their parents and guardians. The unique insights are very valuable.
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
Significant Other: N/A
☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.1/5 ☁
Much thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
Review also appears on my blog.