One of Refinery29's Favorite Books of October 2019!
Award-winning author Laurie Petrou makes her YA debut with this atmospheric thriller exploring the addictive pull of revenge.
What you see isn't always what you get.
Stevie never meant for things to go this far. When she and Dee--defiant, bold, indestructible Dee--started all this, there was a purpose to their acts of vengeance: to put the bullies of Woepine High School back in their place. And three months ago, Stevie believed they deserved it. Once her best friend turned on her, the rest of the school followed. Stevie was alone and unprotected with a target on her back. Online, it was worse.
It was Dee's idea to get them all back with a few clever pranks, signing each act Love, Heather--an homage to her favorite 80's revenge flick. Despite herself, Stevie can't help getting caught up in the payback, reveling in every minute of suffering. And for a while, it works: it seems the meek have inherited the school.
But when anonymous students begin joining in, punishing perceived slights with increasingly violent ferocity, the line between villain and vigilante begins to blur. As friends turn on each other and the administration scrambles to regain control, it becomes clear: whatever Dee and Stevie started has gained a mind--and teeth--of its own. And when it finally swallows them whole, one will reemerge changed, with a plan for one final, terrifying act of revenge.
Laurie Petrou is an award-winning author and professor. Her two previous books, Between, and her debut novel Sister of Mine, were both Globe and Mail Top 100 books, and Sister of Mine was the inaugural winner of the Half the World Global Literati Award. She teaches at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, and lives in Niagara with her family.
Praise for Love, Heather:
“A timely novel about the effects of long-term bulling…Petrou explores the vulnerability of teens who don’t have a strong support network...This novel drives a powerful message of strength and self-love.”
—School Library Journal
"Petrou has created a character and a situation that many teens will relate to...A solid choice for book clubs."
"I devoured this book! Laurie Petrou truly understands the darkness of the high school experience. This fast-paced thriller is a must for any fans of the genre."
—Ben Philippe, author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
"Laurie Petrou understands the darkness and light that coexists within all of us, and she carefully unearths it with well-crafted prose, sharp pacing—and absolutely no fear. This is a book that readers of many ages will want to devour, delivered by a daring, talented novelist to watch."
—Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of The Last Resort
"Carefully crafted, dark and disturbing, Love, Heather is a page-turner that will keep you up all night and stay with you long after you read the last page."
—Chantel Guertin, TV personality and bestselling author of the Pippa Greene series.
"Love, Heather is a haunting love letter to the power of movies, the complexity and heartbreak of friendship, and the things we need to get us through the toughest times . . . I couldn't stop turning the pages all the way to the astonishing finale."
—Peter Bognanni, author of This Book is Not Yet Rated
"An engaging, emotionally raw tale of social torment and explosive reactions."
"A well-told tale of teenage revenge . . . Readers will keep turning the pages to see how the inevitable emotional explosion plays out."
Praise for Sister of Mine:
"A twisty, claustrophobic nail-biter."
"Laurie Petrou writes with stunning elegance to weave a unique and complex story of sisterhood and secrets that ends with a twist you won't see coming...a fabulous read from start to finish."
—Wendy Walker, national bestselling author of Emma in the Night
"Poetic, engrossing...An unputdownable page-turner."
—A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife
"By turns taut and lyrical, often startling, always unpredictable, Laurie Petrou writes about the thorny challenges and gauzy longings of sisterhood and parenthood with brash immediacy and perilous insight. This book is a cracked mirror--sharp, disquieting, impossible to look away, refracting our worst fears and best hopes back at us."
—Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays
"Riveting...Readers will be keen to see what Petrou comes up with next."
"Readers who enjoy the twisty plots found in Sophie Hannah's and Lisa Jewell's domestic suspense will want to give this one a try."
"One of the best first novels I've read this year...A brilliantly conceived narrative with wonderful characters and great depth."
—Globe and Mail
"Gripping, twisty, and singular...A not to be missed, well-worth-it read. Here's hoping for more from this imaginative, insightful author."
—New York Journal of Books
"A stark reminder of the wicked webs we weave."
—Top Shelf Magazine