Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Review copy from publisher
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo 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 Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett is the story of Beatrix (Bex) Adams and Jack Vincent. Both are artists in their own unique way and even though they have different upbringings they both suffer from some family drama.
Both Bex and Jack are smart, snarky and make a great couple. They are not only cute together; they also are very supportive of their interests. I liked that very much in a couple.
There were many things I liked about The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, for example, I liked that the parents are present in the story and although they are not perfect, they are good parents. I also liked that Jenn Bennett was honest about the sex lives of teenagers and wrote about it in a very positive, direct and sincere way.
Another thing I liked was that she talks about mental health issues and the difficulties and stress that it puts in a family.
With The Anatomical Shape of a Heart Jenn Bennett shows us she can successfully write in any genre she wants. I highly recommend The Anatomical Shape of a Heart to YA fans.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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