By Heather Hepler
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803737211, 272pp.)
Publication Date: January 5, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
In this heartwarming romance, true love is more than a maybe - and it might be closer than you think.
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.
"...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."
"...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"
"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."