Welcome to my stop on the The Anatomical Shape of a Heart Blog Tour! Today I have the pleasure of helping to celebrate the upcoming release of one of my favorite books so far this year! Check out my 5-star review below, and don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of the book too!
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Find It: Goodreads • Amazon • Barnes & Noble
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?
THIS BOOK IS JUST….
AHHHH!!! I’m having so much trouble writing this review. I keep typing… then deleting… then typing again. SO FRUSTRATING!! It’s really difficult to review this one because I feel like you have to actually read it for yourself to get the full feel of how awesome it is. My words will not do it justice, that is a fact. That being said, I will do my best to portray through my utterly inadequate words how over-the-top adorable this book is. Let’s begin, shall we?
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is set in San Francisco. Beatrix (Bex, for short) is trying to weasel her way into winning a scholarship for college. Bex is an artist with a very unique style: she draws anatomical body parts. She tries her darnedest to sneak into a program at the local hospital where she would be able to draw actual cadavers. But when she misses the last train home from the hospital, she ends up on the Owl Bus, where she meets the attractive and mysterious Jack.
Bex and Jack are not your typical YA contemporary couple. The two are intrigued by each other, yet don’t cross that line of infatuation too quickly. Jack is eager to get to know Bex better right from the get-go. I loved his persistent to get her to notice him, despite her making it extremely difficult for him. In the beginning of the book, Bex was very standoffish and make Jack really beg for the little attention she did give him. At first I didn’t understand why she acted that way, but after she realized a “secret” about Jack, I think that fact alone made her hesitant to get too close to him too quickly. I can completely understand where that tough girl persona came from, though I was happy to see it eventually shed and get to know the real Bex.
Another thing about this book that I loved… FAMILY! Such strong family bonds were present in this story, and that’s always wonderful to see. These parents were (mostly) very present in their children’s lives, and they were also extremely supportive and understanding. They didn’t let their kids get away with much either, setting boundaries and punishments when needed. (They also weren’t perfect and made their fair share of mistakes themselves.) The parents actually being present in their children’s lives is hard to come by in YA, and it was one of my favorite parts of this story. Also… the sibling relationships in this story were PERFECTION!! Bex’s brother was HILARIOUS!! I so want more of that guy. ♥
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was full-on adorableness at its finest. That alone earns it ALL THE STARS in my humble opinion! This story has everything you could want and expect from a YA contemporary. As a HUGE contemporary fan, trust me when I say this book has everything going for it. I think most people, even non-contemporary fans, would love this story and these characters. The friendships, family involvement, and gorgeous messages throughout this book are heartwarming and will leave you with the warm fuzzies feelings long after finishing.
“A happy coincidence.”
He shook his head. “Everything’s connected, Bex. Whether we understand it or not.”
I buddy read this book with the lovely Genesis, and together we were fangirling the entire time! This is definitely a fun book to buddy read with a friend. There are a few secrets that are fun to guess while reading. Plus all of the swooning over Jack’s charming self made for some pretty fun conversation!
If James Dean and David Beckham had a baby, it would be Jack.
Amirite?! *major topnotch swooning*
SUCCESS! This book just made my Top Books of 2015 list! Read this book, guys! It’s really THAT good. Seriously. This gorgeous story runs the complete spectrum of feels, from adorable-beyond-words to sobbing-like-a-baby. This book addresses some touchy topics (such as mental illness and some slight criminal activity) with such grace and sensitivity. The larger focus of the story though is what will have you hugging this book.
If I haven’t made it clear yet, I would DEFINITELY recommend reading this book. Its quirky characters and their witty banter makes this such a unique story that so many YA readers will enjoy.
For more fun, check out Jenn’s TASoaH-Inspired Pinterest Board and see what this gorgeous collage of images is all about!
Have you read anything by Jenn Bennett before? Are you a YA contemporary fan? And lastly, and most importantly, do you think you can handle the extreme adorableness that is this book? ♥