The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
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Release date: November 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Length: 304 pages
Rating: HEART EYES, and not anatomical ones
Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?
I'm trying to be coherent here, but i'm struggling. I loved this book bunches. Cutey cuteness all over the place, ship a dee doo dah, ship a dee day. This book is sort of instalove done right, in that I totally believe these crazy kids are in love despite how quickly it happens. THEY'RE SO CUTE I MELT. Such adorable banter and chemistry and SQUEEE. In addition to be a highly successful romance, TASoaH is also a sensitive portrayal of complicated families and mental illness. I loved how no character is ever demonized, not even the parents, who all try their best but are flawed and fully realized and aww feels.
|The UK cover and title|
Bex Adams looks like Wednesday Addams and draws like Da Vinci. She's a weird one, Mr. Grinch, and while she looks all gloomy and scary on the outside, she's actually very practical and wry and I loved being in her head. When she meets Jack (JACK!!!! *HEART EYES*) on the night bus, after failing to get into the hospital to draw cadavers (told you she was a unique one), there is INSTANT CHEMISTRY!!!! Normally i'm not into the INSTANT CHEMISTRY!!! thing in books, because it's usually the author being like I'M TELLING YOU THERE'S A CONNECTION SO NOW YOU MUST BELIEVE ME and whoa there, I don't believe you, but with Bex and Jack...well, i saw it. They bantered, and there was magic. Plus he was dressed like a cat burglar. He was a MYSTERY.
Turns out, Bex likes a mystery. Especially when that mysterious boy turns out to be a tattooed, Buddhist, Rockabilly, pompadour-sporting...vandal/graffiti artist. A really famous, really talented, really felonious one.
[six paragraphs of swooning over Jack redacted for the sake of my dignity]
|casting unapologetically stolen from Christina|
|me to Jack|
|also me to Jack|
|No I will never be over Jane by Design being cancelled|
Why is it so hard to talk about the books I loved? Ugh. I don't even know what to say. It's a fast read, and while the plot is slight, the feels are not. Both Jack and Bex's family are very present in this story in a way that's totally realistic. San Francisco is in AMAZING form (seriously, this book made me want to take a trip up north.) I loved this book so much. The voice jumped right off the page, and Jack jumped right into my heart. I fell in love with him right alongside Bex. Highly recommend for contemporary romance lovers.
MORE YA FROM JENN BENNET, PLEASE. And I will soooooo be reading her adult books. This lady knows how to write romance, yes indeedy.