The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett 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.

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, Jenn BennettTitle: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Also by this author: Alex, Approximately
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?

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Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

❀ An Art Book

Amazingly, this novel 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.

❀ Diverse Read

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.

❀ Some Insta-Love

One of my favourite things about this story 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.

❀ Must-Read

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett 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!

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9 thoughts on “The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, Jenn Bennett

  1. debk987 says:

    This book sounds like a fantastic YA contemporary with full of diverse characters! I’ve only read one other YA book with art as a main theme which was Graffiti Moon and it’s one of my favs and now I can’t wait to give this one a go!

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