Friday, 27 November 2015

Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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?

I walked into The Anatomical Shape of a Heart with no expectations and a very narrow idea of what it was about. After first hearing of the title under a different name, Night Owls, I was curious to learn more about Jenn Bennett, her characters, and the kind of story she was preparing to share with readers. What I walked away with - an adventurous and imaginative story that left me thoughtful.

Beatrix Adams has plans - she's determined to receive a museum sponsored scholarship by entering a contest. With a plan to sneak into the hospital's cadaver wing to sketch real cadavers as her entry, Beatrix doesn't expect to miss her train ride home that very night. In an unexpected twist of events, Beatrix is forced to take another means of transportation home and that's when she meets Jack - a gorgeous young man who might very likely also be one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. As alluring as Jack may seem, Beatrix quickly learns that there's more to Jack than he's letting on.

“Too weird for jocks, and not weird enough for hipsters, I was neither freak nor geek, and that left me stranded in no-man’s-land.”

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was a thrilling adventure. Put into words, it was lyrical, captivating, and inspiring. Emotionally, it was full of character, lessons, and a fresh perspective. Both Jack and Beatrix were refreshing characters in the young adult contemporary sub-genre, and were a wonder to read. Their narrative voices were on point and vibrant, and their unique appreciation for art uplifting. Even so, Jenn Bennett's The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was an irresistible romantic read I couldn't resist completing in one sitting. As a realistic read about first love, feeling out of place, and discovery, this title was absolutely worth every moment.

Fans of the contemporary romance sub genre will absolutely adore The Anatomical Shape of a Heart from Jenn Bennett.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. So my Christmas list is growing already! Damn it, Wendy hahahaha!

  2. I didn't realize this and Night Owl was the same book. Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. I'm hoping to pick this up very very soon
    I think it sounds fun and emotional
    Thank you for always sharing your thoughts!