Sunday, July 21, 2019
67. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
2015, Feiwel & Friends
Goodreads rating: 3.93 - 13,480 ratings
Setting: Contemporary San Francisco
First line/s: "The last train wasn't coming."
My comments: Ignore the reviews that put this book in the "so-so" category. Those reviewers have read huge amount of ya literature and are probably quite a distance away from being young adults themselves. This is a modern romance that includes a little bit of everything and treats teenage sex with healthy respect. I've gotten to know San Francisco a bit in the last ten years, and it was really fun to follow Bex and Jack around the city. Both are artists who come from very different families and income brackets, and both are suffering from a backload of family "stuff." Who isn't, so almost any ya can relate! The two themes that I truly appreciated in this book were those of honesty and schizophrenia. Both were handled really well, though so were single parenting, being gay, and sexuality. Really good book.
Goodreads synopsis: 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?