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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  640 ratings  ·  108 reviews
When Astrid and Hiro meet they give each other superhero names. She's Lobster Girl and he's Shopping Trolley Boy. Not an auspicious beginning. But it gets better. Then it gets worse. Much worse. Classic romantic comedy: girl-meets-boy, love blossoms, and is derailed. Incredibly engaging, upbeat, funny and smart.

Astrid Katy Smythe is beautiful, smart and popular. She's a s
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Allen & Unwin
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Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: aus-nz, ya, 2015
I mostly enjoyed this cute, light environmentally-conscious YA romance. But there was something wrong about the story's pacing - romantic tension was developed in all the wrong places, the climax came sort of out of nowhere. Not the best Lili Wilkinson book.
I borrowed this book from work nearly two months ago, and then put off reading it because seriously? A young adult book about guerrilla gardening? Why on earth would I be interested in that?! Yeah, I just read this sucker cover to cover in a couple of hours because I was so engrossed in the story.

At first, Astrid's a really easy character to dislike. She's sanctimonious and abrasive and looks down her nose at EVERYONE who doesn't do the things she deems necessary to save the planet. And we're s
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loveozya, allen-unwin
This is what Aussie YA is all about. Green Valentine is positively lovely. A wonderful coming of age with a strong environmental conscious, that proves that friendship and falling in love really knows no bounds. Astrid is a perfect student, her peers see her as part of the popular group, thanks to best friends Dev and Paige, with teachers hanging on her every word. But behind the popular facade of the environmental activist lies a girl who's life is fallin
Green Valentine is Lili Wilkinson’s latest novel. I’ve read all but one of her YA books (A Pocketful of Eyes is on my shelf but I’ve been saving it because I don’t want to be done with reading all her books) and it’s every bit as funny as her previous novel, Love-Shy (my favourite Lili book).

Set in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Valentine, Astrid Katy Smythe lives with her recently separated mother (her father cheated and has since moved out). She has two best friends, Paige (the most popula
Emily Mead
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
SO despite Astrid being a little annoying, and there being a little too much angst for my liking, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. It was so cute and I loved all the environmental themes and the footnotes and was lovely. And so unique.

I'll be reviewing it on my blog next week :D


WELL, this book was a breath of fresh air.

Kind of literally.

It’s so DIFFERENT and lovely and just nothing like I’ve read in YA before.

Basically, we’ve got Astrid who really
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So so very good - loved this.

Readers of contemporary Australian YA will be very familiar with Lili Wilkinson who has had success with her previous novels such as Pink and The Zigzag Effect. Although the blurb makes this out to be a romantic comedy, and it is romantic and funny, this novel is so much more than that. It tackles some environmental issues that are of great concern to many in our community but it also shows that you can have a sense of humour about yourself and the beliefs that you
Stacey Kym
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviews
'Green Valentine' was such a sweet and lovely novel! I really liked it and it seemed like the timing for me to read it was just right. Strangely, if I pick up a novel at the wrong time I may give it a worse/better review depending on my mood. Not this little fella! I loved the way the author approached the novel and her writing style as well as the characters which were diverse in personality, appearance AND nationality! This novel reminded me slightly of Pride and Prejudice in its romance and M ...more
This book had a lot of strengths and some weaknesses, but was still really fun to read. I'm going to do a like and dislike review because I can.
But let's start with it's primary strength: it was excellent writing. The dialogue was snappy and gave me lots of feelings, the superhero element wasn't overworked, it was often hilarious. I never felt confused. The entire experience of reading it was pretty enjoyable, really. The kissing scenes were very sweet. The writing was as good as in Lili Wilkin
I feel so divided about this book, it calls for lists:

Things I liked:
* The writing was just so READABLE. I wasn’t buying the story, but I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN.
* The gardening scenes in particular were like magic.
* The footnotes.

Things I didn't like
* The dodgy stats in the footnotes.
* I totally don’t buy that what happened in this book could happen IRL. There would have been a massive public outcry if this happened here!
* Astrid prete
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This was such a cute little story with an imperative message outlining the importance of saving the environment. It upheld my eco-friendly values through incorporating them into a fun, lighthearted story. An entertaining read.
Christine Bongers
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-ya
Sweet, funny and chocablock with interesting facts.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Imagine reading about a 16-year-old Leslie Knope. Yes! It's that awesome. Definitely treat yo shelf.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
::Thank you Allen & Unwin New Zealand for giving me a review copy!::

This is not my favourite Lili Wilkinson book, sadly. GREEN VALENTINE didn't pack the punch that Lili Wilkinson's other books had which is unfortunate considering what a GREAT author she is. I really love Lili's writing which is always sharp and dry but still light enough that it makes it really easy reading but sadly in here it just wasn't enough to smooth out the other problems I had with it.

It's definitely Aussie YA throu
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars


Firstly, I loved the themes explored in this book. Guerrilla gardening + change + school + romance + family and friends = awesome plot. The setting was interesting and unique, although sometimes a bit overly gloomified (is that even a word?).
Secondly, I enjoyed the diversity of the characters, however, I felt like some were not explored to as much depth as others, and it was up to the reader to fill in the empty slots.
Thirdly, the pacing and narrative a
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young adults
Recommended to DonutKnow by: Book Club, for the Inky Awards
Shelves: romance, teen-fiction
Gosh, I was really getting ready to totally scrap this book. But I got through to the end and I- begrudgingly- am obliged to say that it wasn't terrible. There are a few plot holes that I can address out of spite but who am I to find minute criticisms in a book that I actually had come to like in the end.

It taught me the importance of listening, of seeing the world and other people beyond yourself and also about one's capacity to change the world (in this case, their community) one step/seed at
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Listen to a Bookish Friends discussion of 'Green Valentine' on Omny, iTunes or on the blog. ...more
katayoun Masoodi
Aug 01, 2015 added it
Shelves: ya, ebook
did not finish, and not because it was bad; it was cute and fun but i was really not in mood for this. so no stars and off to a fantasy book and i would probably would avoid cute and fun ya for a while
Perse Tooley
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
hmmmmmmmmmm it was ok
There’s something seriously refreshing about sitting down and reading an entire book in the space of an afternoon after you’ve been in a reading slump. Having read only one book in its entirety in December so far (a reread of Persuasion), I was well and truly bogged down in a reading slump, and Green Valentine was exactly what I needed.
There’s something really charming about the premise of this book. Or I think so, anyway. Astrid is a straight-A student intent on saving the world from ecological
kimm ☾
"I thought you didn't believe in changing the world."
"I didn't," said Hiro, with a smile that made me melt inside. "But then I saw your face. And now I do believe."

It's been quite a while since I've come across a book that has impacted me as much as Green Valentine has. I regret not reading it earlier, but this book is amazingly amazing. Lili Wilkinson manages to intertwine together romance, high school, being a teenager, life, and current social issues all into one great book.

Green Valentin
Jack Shanks
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

Lili Wilkinson has done it again. She produced a well-written, all-round enjoyable text. And I did enjoy it - I just enjoyed some of her other works more. Not that this one is lacking in any way, the topics of other novels Wilkinson wrote are just more appealing to me. This was still quite a good, quick and easy read.

There were a number of important issues raised within this book, and with varying levels of radicalism regarding the care and maintenance of the environment
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I must confess. I have done the unthinkable...
I've hit rock bottom and I know I deserve no forgiveness.

I skipped to the end of the book.

Oh, what blasphemy.

Ok so this was more of a 3.5 stars book for me. It started out really cute and interesting. I was very tense for this first part, but I really enjoyed how we got see an example of the different masks people wear depending on who they're with. Exhibit A: Hiro. With hints of Pride and Prejudice.

I also have to say I really enjoyed the overall
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of Green Valentine from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I've never read a book by Lili Wilkinson before but I might have to see if the library has any of her other books.

From the sounds of the synopsis Green Valentine is a girl meets boy, from different
worlds, break up kind of story, but it's so much more than that. It's funny, enlightening and kind if empowering all at the same time.

I really liked all the superhero references through the book. I'm like Astrid, I don't
Jessica G
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel as if this book started off really strong, but then it just sort of withered away...
As a huge contemporary fan, I feel obliged to say that I really appreciate the cultivation (I'm trying to use terms related to gardening, hahaha) and creation of such an original idea, but I believe that what let down the story was the characterisation and character development.
I was overjoyed in the beginning of the novel, when I was introduced to a bright young girl, Astrid who was a environmental activ
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I’m glad other people seem to like this book, because I had soooo many problems with it. From the very beginning I just didn’t get why Astrid was so interested in Hiro. He could be so horrible, and his nicer side mainly came out when he was flirting. Who would trust a guy like that? I know he turned out to be great, but she shouldn’t have hung around to find that out.
Astrid’s double identity at the beginning made me cringe too; why would anyone sane think that could end well? I just did not und
Julianne Negri
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: aww-challenge, ya
Trying to read some YA for work. This was fun and written brightly with warmth and humour. A few niggles in the plot/character development but loved the themes of empowerment and activism in this book.
Astrid Katy Smyth is popular, pretty and capable. She is also an environmental activist wanting to green the suburb where she lives, Valentine. While canvassing a petition to save the Margaret River Hairy Marron at the local supermarket dressed as a lobster (near enough to a yabby!) she makes a con
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5

While nothing special, Green Valentine is a cutesy read with some educational stuff splashed in. I wasn't the biggest fan of the relationship that developed (view spoiler) but it was understandable and really evoked the teen angst it was supposed to. While it may be aimed at girls (largely due to the cover) I think some of the more sensitive young boys out there may enjoy
Kerri Jones
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great YA novel with a little difference; it's environmentally conscious! The author has used this book to relay a strong message of effecting change and it mostly works. The teen characters are written well; they're from opposite sides of the tracks and you get a serious sense their future will be ultimately doomed. There's a lot of back story into other characters that play into the story and add layers. I really enjoyed it but you need to keep in context that this is written for teen ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I found it very fast to read and was able to relate the main character to someone that I know in real life. I did find Astrid annoying at times when she ignored/forgot about important things, but I was able to look past that again. It was a really quick read and I did thoroughly enjoy it.
Clare Snow
Astrid is priceless. I laughed and laughed at her efforts to make the world a better place. Annoying, entitled, and oh so sure she has the answer to everything. She has a few things to learn along the way and we have fun on her journey to realising there’s more than one way to change the world.

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Lili Wilkinson was born in Melbourne, Australia, in the front room where her parents still live. She is an only child, and loves it. She was first published when she was 12, in Voiceworks Magazine. After studying Creative Arts at Melbourne University, Lili was employed by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she manages, a highly acclaimed all-a ...more

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