I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I am a big fan Heather Wardell books so I was very excited to receive a copy to review honestly.
I always find it so easy to relate to the characters in Heather’s books, but when I started this book I thought there is no way I would relate to Valerie. I was wrong. Valerie is not an easy person to like but I was able to understand the inner workings of her mind. I rooted for her to get it together.
Please understand that when you start reading, you will more than likely not like her at all. You will not want to root for her but don’t give up on her, you will eventually tolerate her. She is not very nice, she is complicated and she is hard to understand. Valerie is an example of how we just don’t know what causes people to act the way they do. If Valerie was a real person, (and to some of us, she may be a real person that we know) you would not be her friend. Heather Wardell did an excellent job of giving us insight into what causes Valerie to be the way she is and even if you yourself would not be her friend, you may still root for her to get better and be better. I know that’s how I felt about her.
The book was very realistic in that it wasn’t all wrapped up nicely with a little bow at the end. At the end, some will wish that she did things differently and some will understand exactly why she did things the way she did.
I would definitely recommend this book. Be aware that it is a heavy story. If you tend to not like books with heavy themes, you may not want to read it, but I would encourage you to read it. We all know or know of a Valerie.
(reviewed the day of purchase)