Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author:  Jenn Bennett
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends, 304 pages
Publication Date:  November 3, 2015

From Goodreads:
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?

LOVED this one. Perfect combination of light and fluffy with drama/serious issues. It reminded me of My Life Next Door in the sense that the drama did not involve love triangle/relationship drama but family drama. Jack was absolutely adorable and the open discussion of sex was refreshing. At one point, he's asking Bex about her likes and dislikes when it comes to sex and when she's embarrassed to tell him he basically says, if we can't talk about it, how can we do it? LOVED that. For this reason alone, every teenager should read this book.  One minor complaint: Although everything was wrapped up in the way I like, there was one small detail that was left open. WHY????

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart made me smile and I'm definitely checking out the author's other books.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I heard this book was just as good as you say it is. I have to check this one out.

  2. I've been seeing this book get some rave reviews for this book. I haven't thought much about it but maybe I should. Great review, Pam.

    Jenn at Books and Swoons

  3. Loved this one too, Pam! So thankful for the lack of relationship drama and open communication between the couple. We need more YA/romance books like that!

  4. I agree with all of this and am so happy to see that you loved it so much too. I thought it was so unique on so many fronts. I hope Bennett keeps writing YA!

  5. This one sounds super cute! I haven't heard of it, but I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist. I love that they talk about sex openly. As you should if you're planning on doing it.

  6. I've had this one on my tbr. I'll have to see what I think, but I like that you liked it. :)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings