Publication Date: January 9, 2024
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Two graphic novel superstars join forces in this heartwarming rom-com about fate, family, forgiveness, and lion dancing!
Valentina Tran used to love Valentine's Day. But when she learns the truth behind her parents' separation, she concludes true love is a lie. A ghoulish visage of Saint Valentine appears and promises to protect Val from heartbreak—but only if she gives up on love. Permanently.
Suddenly, cousins Leslie and Jae come roaring into Val’s life—literally. They’re lion dancers, and during one fateful Lunar New Year performance, the lion they’re inside hands Val a paper heart. And in that moment, Val feels . . . something again.
Is that feeling love? Could this be Val's chance to break the family curse? Or is she destined to have a broken heart forever?
I was amazed by how touching I found this story. I thought it was just going to be a cute love story set around Lunar New Year. I was wrong. There was so much more than just romantic love, there was familial love, platonic love between friends. It was all woven together in a beautiful story, rich with culture, that also touches on grief and strained family relationships. It was all well balanced, though. There was definitely enough comic relief (aka Grandma) that nothing ever got too heavy. I laughed out loud, teared up a little, smiled a lot. All of which are signs of a great story. I was thoroughly immersed in the book and was sad to see it end.
The author did a great job with the story and the illustrator really brought the story to life. I honestly think it was the best graphic novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Beautifully done, this is such a good way to start the year.