Cold Hearted – The latest novel in Serena Valentino’s deliciously devious Villains series
Cold Hearted written by Serena Valentino is a familiar story: A kind and beautiful young girl, reeling in loss. A doting, frantic father brings a mother’s love back into his daughter’s life. As the girl marvels in her newfound love, the father’s heart slowly fails as he dies to protect his family. The story is a young girl’s coming-of-age, but also a delicate portrayal of beauty and love in all its forms. Schizophrenia is one of many themes that are highlighted throughout the novel.
I will be writing an essay about how coldheartedness and schizophrenia intertwine throughout the novel Cold Hearted by Serena Valentino with particular attention on protagonist Carolina. I am interested in exploring how irony is used in this novel to make us question our perceptions of beauty. An example of how irony is used is when Carolina first meets Mr. DeClercq, and tells him that she does not recognize his voice. This was a rather strange response of disbelief from her, even though he had been the one to return her to her family after she ran away when she was younger. She also describes him as not being cold at all (pg. 3) this is ironic because this man has just returned Carolina’s father after he died trying to protect his family.
Carolina’s father Adam, on the other hand, has been completely coldhearted in his treatment of Carolina and in his dealings with others. When they first meet Adam tells her that Mr. DeClercq only wants to help her. When Carolina expresses the same concern, Adam does not believe her saying that Mr. DeClercq has only hurt one person before and no one would ever want to hurt him again. This is ironic because Adam has killed two people during his attempt to protect Carolina.
Another way I will be exploring irony in this novel is through the environment as well as the characters’ descriptions of it all throughout the book Cold Hearted by Serena Valentino.