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Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Summary (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?
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is all about art! This book is such a quick and adorable read that will entertain and delight fans of the contemporary genre. The main characters are artists, there is lots of diversity, and it isn’t a book that has an overwhelming amount of drama.
Amazingly, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is an art book! I haven’t read too many art books, but I have enjoyed basically every one I have read. This particular book features two contrasting art styles: graffiti and dead body / anatomy drawing. I loved this because normally, art books take the typical painting or sketching. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart takes on a type of art that I didn’t know existed, making this book extremely unique and enjoyable.
As well, another feature that I love about The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is how very diverse it is. First of all, the main character’s brother is gay, which is becoming more common in YA, but there is also a character with schizophrenia. I loved how this is incorporated because the reader can learn a lot about schizophrenia and what it really is. This book raises awareness by mixing it with art, which I found to be really interesting.
One of my favourite things about The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is how there is not a lot of drama. I, personally, am not a fan of those contemporaries filled with fights where the characters forgive each other after a minute. This book was pretty unrealistic with some insta-love, but I found that there wasn’t too much drama, and I will take insta-love over drama any day.
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is an artsy book that is very diverse. There isn’t too much drama, but includes some insta-love instead. This book is a must-read for fans of the contemporary genre!