Published by Feiwel & Friends
Pub Date: November 3rd 2015
Format: Hardcover | Source: Library
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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?
I finished The Anatomical Shape of a Heart at 1am in one sitting. OH MY GOD. It was barely on my radar until I read Christina’s review recently. She and I see eye to eye on many bookish topics but I still did not expect to love this so much! I loved the vibrant San Francisco setting and the multitude of interesting characters. The book had a lot of depth and heart along with humor and a liberal dose of shippy goodness. Oh my lorddddd the flirting damn near killed me and that was before any kissing! Bex and Jack are wonderful together for many different reasons, which is why it’s so satisfying. They complement each other and their relationship spun some tropes on their head, which I always like to see. The book was engrossing, and a fast read that covered a host of important topics including honesty, parent/child relationships, the value of art, and various forms of mental health.
I will be 100% honest with you, it didn’t hurt that I could picture Jack as Zayn Malik perfectlyyyyyy in his pompadour fluffy hair days and leather jackets and dark eyes. Sigh. And I think Lucy Hale or Willa Holland could be a good Bex. If you like books with banter, family matters, art, science, a smattering of spirituality, detailed cityscapes, and a LOT OF PERFECT SHIPPING FLIRTY PERFECTNESS, please read The Anatomical Shape of a Heart!