Publish date- 29th July, 2015.
Publisher- Allen and Unwin.
RRP- $16.99 (AUD)
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Astrid has a goal. She is passionate about the environment, conservation and bringing to the attention of others the need for addressing the issues of consumerism. And when she meets Hiro she thinks she might just have found someone who can not only be her sidekick in saving the planet, but maybe something more.
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for this review copy!
Image source: Allen and Unwin.
What I thought:
It seems, unfortunately, that as many books as I’ve reread and fallen in love with, 2015 is also a year for protagonist frustrations and DNFing.
Green Valentine has, I really think, a potentially fantastic premise. She’s dressed as a lobster, they give each other superhero names and fight crime (I don’t know where that came from but I swear I thought that element was going to come in) and become surprising (and, no doubt romantic) friends! Who can pass up a lobster suit, even if they remind one of amusing and potentially creepy sequences from The Amanda Show!
But- despite the fascinating cover and all my hopes- Green Valentine was a frustrating flop, all starting with our protagonist, narrator and environmentalist warrior: Astrid.
She wants to save the world, change peoples focus, conserve resources, and she puts herself on a plinth for her efforts. She is ridiculously, and a bit sickeningly, hypocritical and judgmental, she doesn’t bother getting to know people or giving them a chance because she can take one look and see every aspect of their probably worthless being. She goes on and on about how everyone else is so stupid, how no one cares and she is the single comprehending being, and so many environmental facts (at least one of which I can remember mentally contesting for it’s truth) are spouted that the only point made to me was that she would get very little done at all if she wouldn’t give anyone a chance and spent all her time fastidiously judging them.
I can be passionate about environmentalism and conservation without needing to be inundated with whinging.
There was also what felt very much like token gay best friend and a comment about looking cute in an “Asian” way. So those bothered me. A lot.
DNFed at 83 pages.