Laurie is an author and associate professor at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled Between, was a Globe and Mail Best Book. She was the inaugural winner of the Half the World Global Literati Award in 2016 for her unpublished novel, Sister of Mine, which then went on to be published internationally and also become a Best Book of the Globe and Mail. Her third book, Love, Heather, is her YA debut, and has quickly become one of Amazon’s Editor Picks and Refinery29’s Top Books for the month it came out. She is a voracious reader, and lives with her family in Grimsby, Ontario.
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From the publisher of Love Heather
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.
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“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.”Booklist
“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, author of The Last Resort