The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – Jenn Bennett

What a sweet book! I loved Beatrix and Jack’s meet-cute. I liked how unique their interests were (anatomy? SIGN ME UP). And I’m glad this story delved into the seriousness and complexity of schizophrenia.

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?

Review

What a sweet book! I loved Beatrix and Jack’s meet-cute. I liked how unique their interests were (anatomy? SIGN ME UP). And I’m glad this story delved into the seriousness and complexity of schizophrenia.

This book was quite angsty and serious — I had trouble relating to Beatrix (and Jack too, for that matter). I can’t help but feel like they’re too cool for me! I had a hard time believing that Jack’s parents would “wake up” so quickly, or that Jilly would take to Beatrix so quickly. Some of their struggles could’ve been harder fought!

I also don’t know how to feel about Beatrix’s parents. Her father made a big mistake, but Beatrix’s anger was misdirected. Her mother’s pride was selfish, and I hate seeing people refusing help the way she did!

Overall, the book was well-written, but didn’t capture my attention fully simply because of the nature of the topics.

Related Reading

  • Rules for 50/50 Chances – Kate McGovern
  • Truest – Jackie Lea Sommers
  • Tell Me Something Real – Calla Devlin
  • The Fault in our Stars – John Green

Rating: 4/5

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