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What The Valley Knows

(Millington Valley #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  116 reviews
*** YA Winner National Indie Excellence Awards ***

Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football
Paperback, 1st Edition , 250 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by Black Rose writing
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading What the Valley Knows on 5/11/18 and finished it on 5/19/18 at 3:20AM. This book is a great read! I like the 3 point of views, especially Wade’s. I like how he pines for a girl he likes and it makes me smile when I read it. I like reading Wade’s journal and learning about what not to think, such as what-ifs because it’s already happened, instead think about today and about doing the next right thing. I like Mr. Franks and his care for students’ education. I like Lilly and her l ...more
I received this book for free from BookLikes’ Giveaways.

This book started off really good. It reminded me a little bit of Riverdale with the whole new girl moves to a small town premise. Genre-wise, it was an interesting blend of YA and women’s fiction. There was a lot of intrigue in the beginning over what was to come.

The book was going good until the “terrible thing” happened. I really was not a fan of what it was. Then the accident happened and the book stalled after that. It never reached
Kylina Jordan
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, oh man, is that first page one of the most gripping things I’ve ever read. It starts right in the middle of all the action, which in this case is the accident.
And as I kept reading, the overall pace felt natural and the plot kept moving in an interesting direction towards that dark secret mentioned in the summary. Heather Christie’s writing style was what kept me captivated the entire time – it’s elegant enough to feel like I’m reading adult fiction, yet it connects on a deep level to the
Tomi O.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The novel What the Valley Knows is about a young couple who face tough times when Molly gets into a coma because of a terrible accident. I loved this novel because it is a mixture of many genres. It’s mysterious in the end, there’s romance throughout the whole story, it’s dramatic, and it’s a nonfiction story. Another reason why I liked this novel is because when Molly remembered what had happened, she told her mother and they did whatever they could to make it right and make sure nothing like t ...more
Jay G
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
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The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Molly is the new girl in town. She is shy but quickly grabs the attention of Wade, the high school quarterback who has a bit of a drinking problem. One night, Molly and Wade are in a car accident where Molly is thrown from the windshield landing her in a coma. When she wakes up, her memory of the night is gone but s
Gerrit Hansen
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What The Valley Knows is a home-run novel, especially for a debut. Christie lets the reader see through the lives of three people--Molly, Molly's mother Ann, and Wade, none of them particularly likable at the beginning, especially Wade. But through the tragedy of an automobile accident, the circumstances leading up to it, and its aftermath, the characters evaluate what is truly important in life and make the necessary changes. After the first few chapters, I didn't think I was going to like the ...more
Myrtle Brooks
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author Heather Christie is a masterful storyteller. Not only does she scare the "bejabbers" out of you when she wants to, but her characters are fleshed out with clear simplicity. Her words, so easy to understand, take the reader inside the skin and to the heart. A young girl suffers physical and psychological trauma, not once, but twice. Her defenses against her own fears affect what is already a complicated relationship between her and her love interest: thus her battles within equal those wit ...more
Tina O'Hailey
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie_authors
I am not a normal YA reader and I thought I'd be skimming this one but I was hooked from the beginning. I think it was the mother daughter relationship that drew me in. Then, the point of view - letting you see what each person was thinking and not just being stuck in one teenager's head - that drew me in further. The characters felt like someone you know and the town like one you might have visited, or have grown up in. Oh - I wanted a more visceral end to that guy (no spoiler) but life isn't t ...more
Kelly Coon
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What The Valley Knows is an absolutely un-put-down-able novel. I'm a mother of three sons, and I happily neglected all of them, hiding myself in the bedroom while they banged on the door, just to find out what would happen at the end.

As a former high school English teacher, and a young adult author myself, I cannot recommend this novel enough. It has something for every single reader.

Young adults will love the points of view from the novel's two teenage protagonists: Wade, a football super
Hannah Goodman
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up What The Valley Knows, I admit, as someone who avoids reading thrillers because of the same reason I avoid scary movies, I was hesitant. However, within just a few sentences in, I was hooked. This was one of those books that you have to read in one sitting because you have to know how it all will get figured out in the end. The prose is beautiful, and the story is captivating. Not to mention that themes addressed are timely and timeless—sexual assault and bullying. Go pick it up ...more
Matthew Brockmeyer
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heartfelt and moving novel of small-town drama. A fantastic debut from a great writer.
C. Miller
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't quite sure what to think when I first started reading this book. I mostly read dark, horrible fiction and I believed in the beginning I would be thumbing through a high school romance novel. Still, I'd heard good things and wanted to involve myself in something different for a change. I couldn't have been more wrong. This book definitely dives into dark and horrible in a very realistic way. The authors descriptions of places, feelings, and a time in my life long gone are accurate. It ma ...more
Meegz Reads
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*5 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

This is Heather Christie’s first book, and let me tell you, she knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s going to be a series and I can’t wait for the next one.

The story follows three main POV’s - that of Molly, who to me is the main character, that of Wade, her boyfriend and the popular jock from school, and that of Ann, Molly’s mother.

Even though they all get their points of view told, and we get to understand each them, t
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book has some intense and mature elements. There is drinking and drugs. There was a moment when something happened, and I wanted to look away or fast forward from my kindle, but it was one of those moments where you want to look away but you can’t! This story is sticking with me now days after I have read it. I haven’t really been able to figure out how to write the review. What the Valley Knows is not the kind of book you read to escape reality for a while, due to its intense nature. I lik ...more
Sandy Barber
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a mom of three teenage daughters, I thoroughly enjoyed What the Valley Knows. In fact, all three of my girls devoured this book in a few hours; no better testament for a book than that! Wade and Molly are compelling characters that my daughters Heather Christie could relate to. This young adult novel provides a true-to-life cautionary tale that addresses teenage drinking and its consequences. Also broaches the subject of how "strangers" who enter our children's lives involuntarily can often pose the great ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What the Valley Knows is the debut novel for Heather Christie and it is a home run. She grew up in a rural area of the county where I live here in Pa. Her grasp of rural/small town living is right on. This book is listed as YA but it is a novel many adults can relate to as well. Ms. Christie covers several timely subjects faced by high school students today--bullying, sexual assault, young love, underage drinking and drug use. She does an excellent job of covering the feelings and consequences o ...more
June Gudgeon
Draws you in

Although it started off slowly, this book built up to a great ending. Delicate issues were explored with good insight.
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Nicole Wegman
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the Valley Knows tells a tale of young love, tragedy and triumph. The descriptive writing made me feel as though I was in every scene and I felt as though had actually met the characters. I couldn’t put the book down! The twists and turns in this novel kept me enthralled from start to finish. I highly recommend.

Susan Sewell
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After a traumatic car accident, a high school student suffers from amnesia that conceals more than teenage angst in the dramatic Young Adult fiction novel What The Valley Knows by Heather Christie. Molly Hanover and her mother Ann have just relocated to Millington Valley. Ann's new boss has offered one of his superior rental properties to them for half the price. Happy to move out of the small, stuffy apartment, they are excited to begin their new lives. Ann has finally got her paralegal license ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This dramatic and engaging debut novel was one that I would recommend to any of my friends. I can see how this book could easily fit into either the young adult category or adult fiction. Once the unexpected awful event happened, I couldn't put the book down. I just had to find out what happened to Molly, her mother, her relationship with Wade and everything else she was dealing with. I wasn't 100% content on the ending considering there were a few unanswered questions (I don't want to elaborate ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What the Valley Knows is a wonderful young adult novel. The writing is crisp and sharp with a refreshing structure—three viewpoints of a tragic event. The novel opens with a prologue that grips you and you find yourself lost in Molly’s story, first her horrible secret and then more detrimentally a car accident at the hands of her boyfriend, Wade. These two teen voices are authentic and tempered by the one adult voice of Ann, Molly’s mother. This smart, moving story covers many bases from teen cl ...more
Cat Chester
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have already had the absolute pleasure of reading "What The Valley Knows" and I cannot rate this book highly enough to anyone wondering whether or not to give it a read. Please do! You will not be disappointed. Heather Cristie has brought all her characters to life in a fascinating story filled with twists and turns that you would never expect from one chapter to the next. This book is a real page turner that I just could not put down. All credit to the author for an amazing story. I can't wai ...more
Barb Moyer
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed "What the Valley Knows". It transported me back to my high school days while reminding me once again of the challenges today's teenagers face. I highly recommend it for young adults and their parents (and grandparents).
Mindy Jennings
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent first book! I am looking forward to Heather's next one. ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

Well developed characters that I could care about. I was rooting for Wade and Molly! Recommend for adults and young adults
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deeply moving, relatable novel that keeps the reader turning the page for more. While there are many parts throughout that could be cut down in order to enhance this page-turning thriller, I felt that the end could have been more satisfying and gone a little further. With editing to a shorter version, this novel is definitely worthy of a James Patterson Bookshot. However, the lengthiness has one enormous benefit of adding extreme suspense, I felt myself becoming panicked at many moments througho ...more
Jack Ori
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I pre-ordered this book and received an advanced copy, which I devoured in one sitting as soon as I got it.

What the Valley Knows is gritty and realistic. It has just enough dramatic elements to satisfy the soap opera lover in me without sacrificing character for story. I really related to both Molly and Wade and were rooting for them throughout the entire novel.

I liked that this book touched on many themes that are all too common in teenage life nowadays: alcohol use, bullying and cyber bullying
Ingrid Fournier
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading What the Valley Knows. Read it in 48 hours. Every time I put it down, I found myself wondering what would happen next and picked it right back up to continue.

Heather does a great job of taking her reader to small town southeastern PA. My favorite scene was when the main characters are fishing and pull out the picnic lunch including Amish mac and cheese. She took me back to shopping at Boscov's, listening to Bruuuuce's Thunder Road, and dreams of playing sports at Penn St
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heather Christie's style reminds me of Jodi Picoult's because she structures WHAT THE VALLEY KNOWS from three points of view: Molly's, Wade's, and Ann's. This is always an interesting framework for a novel as it allows the reader to jump into the mind's of each character. I especially liked Wade's narration. He started out as a stereotypical jock who wasn't too likable, but grew into a self-reflective young man. Though the topics are tough (teen alcoholism, sexual assault, self-image), the book ...more
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Heather Christie is the National Indie Excellence Award-winning author of the novels, What The Valley Knows and The Lying Season, and the producer of Listen To Your Mother-NYC. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Writer’s Digest, Baltimore Style, Scary Mommy, and Elephant Journal. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is a faculty member at Drexel University.

Heather lives in New York City, and r

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