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Publisher's Note:

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! 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 r…

11 Paper Hearts

by Kelsey Hartwell

Overall Book Review:

Teens and adults alike will adore 11 Paper Hearts. This fast-paced, highly entertaining romance is the light-hearted read we all need right now. Ella, our teenage heroine, will grow on readers. Ella is determined to remember her past and she initially comes across as passive and adrift. As the story unfolds, Ella’s character develops into a strong woman who is able to navigate tricky relationships between her sister, friends, ex-boyfriend, and new love. Readers will particularly cheer for Ella and her sister as they attempt to mend their ways. Many parts in the book are applicable to young adults, including standing up to friends, growing apart and finding oneself. In addition to romance, 11 Paper Hearts contains intrigue and comedy. While the novel has a few plot holes (where were the adults when all this was going down?), they didn’t keep me from finishing the book in one sitting. A fun read, particularly for any teenage reluctant readers.  

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy received from the Publisher

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation.

Violence/Gore:  Car accident with injuries.

Sex/Nudity:  Characters talk about kissing; several incidents of kissing on the lips and/or forehead; an incident of making-out and/or heavy kissing; a character accidently grabs an erotica novel off a shelf; teenage characters briefly shower together with swimsuits on; character sneaking out to be with boyfriend. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Amnesia, car accident with injuries, PTSD, therapy, divorce, bullying.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.