The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (Review, SST & Giveaway!)

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (Review, SST & Giveaway!)
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Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (called Night Owls in some countries)

Author:  Jenn
Bennett
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Published Date: 3rd November 2015
Rating: 5 stars
*Thank you SST for the review copy*
Synopsis: 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?

Review: After
reading Joy @ Joyous Read’s review of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. I
know that she sometimes has a love-hate relationship with the YA romance genre
in general, so if she loved it like crazy it meant I would too. And guess what?
As always, Joy’s recommendations were spot on and I loved this one. Don’t let
the anticipation or hype put you off because this romance is definitely worth
it.
Jack and Beatrix
are both artists, although they are both very different kinds. I really loved
how art was portrayed in this book and how we saw their artwork develop and
change as their relationship did as well. It reminded me of how much art can be
a reflection of your own emotions and thoughts, as well as troubles that you go
through at the current time. Oh, and I really liked the reasoning behind why
both of them did their type of art. We don’t get that reasoning right at the
beginning but I did like it once we discovered it.
In terms of the
romance itself, it was very good. It wasn’t quite a clean romance, but then it
didn’t get too explicit either although it did get a bit heated at times. If I
had to compare the heat level to another book it would be Inconceivable byTegan Wren. I loved the flirting and banter that came right at the beginning of
the book – if that didn’t have me wanting to read more, then I don’t know what
would. I also really liked how we came into the whole teenager-romance
situation later and the subject of virginity came up later and all that. It was
perfect for YA readers (like myself.)
The couple
together was so cute. Beatrix was an obedient and steady minded girl who had
ambitions and goals and knew what steps she needed to take to get there. She
was the kind of girl who demanded no nonsense and could hold her own, which is
why I liked her. She reminded me of myself at sometimes. Jack is the kind of
guy who is a bad boy. Not for the sake of being ‘bad’ but more so because his
kind of art is against the law and he has very strict parents so he has learned
that to have a fairly normal life he has to be pretty sneaky. They both had
their flaws and their perfections, and they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Not only were the
main characters epic, but the secondary ones as well. I liked Beatrix’s brother
and his own personality. Then we have Beatrix’s mother who is also fighting her
own demons and is comparable to Beatrix sometimes because they share some of
the same personality traits. I liked Jack’s family as well but won’t tell you any
more than that in fear of spoilers.
Many themes crop
in this novel. One of them is death, and what it means to be confronted with a
dead stranger. This theme weaves its way into the story because Beatrix draws
dead people and dissections as her form of art. We also get a mention of
schizophrenia too, although it was a different kind than the one that I was
familiar with through the book Made You Up. Divorce is mentioned too, because
Beatrix’s parents are separated. All the themes were handled very well.

Jack makes me faint due to his wonderfulness.

On a final note,
the writing style was perfectly suited to the novel too. I couldn’t stop
reading until the book was finished, and kept pushing away other things to get
it finished.

About the Author:
Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series with Pocket and the Roaring 20’s historical paranormal romance series with Berkley. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.
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