I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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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?
Bex’s main goal this summer is to work on her art project to win a scholarship from the Museum’s art contest. Bex doesn’t do “normal” art. She draws cadavers and other medical drawings. After going to the hospital to meet with someone so she could have time with cadavers she bumps into Jack on her way home. She is instantly drawn to this boy all in black. Jack is an artist in his own right – he does graffiti. Together they work through their issues – mostly family – together.
Bex. That name. I love it. It is short for Beatrix which is awesome too. She, like her name, was pretty freaking cool. First, I loved that she had this really weird and random talent at drawing medical technical drawings. Plus she blogs about it! Also, she totally knows she is a bit weird and is totally cool with it. Bex was also funny and quick. Still she isn’t one of those characters we always see who thinks she isn’t special or pretty (when she really is.)
“I’m not one of those ‘woe is me, I’m so plain Jane, no boys will ever look my way’ kind girls.”*
She lives with her mom and brother. They seem to be a close family with a somewhat strict mom. Her and her brother don’t have contact with their dad anymore – even changing their last names to their mother’s. Because of this there are money struggles which is why Bex works a lot and is trying for the scholarship. That is pretty much her focus – until Jack.
“If James Dean and David Beckham had a baby, it would be Jack.”*
Jack comes in as this all in black mysterious figure. He is good looking, funny and very charming. It is kind of a don’t judge a book by its cover case with Jack (and we all know how hard it is to not judge books by their covers!!!) We slowly learn more about him and who he is as we go one. I will say he really is someone who tries his best and wants to do right by everyone, even when he is doing wrong.I also loved finding out the reason behind his graffiti.
Jack ad Bex’s artistic connection helped bond them but they immediately had a strong connection regardless. Their back and forth was adorable and I really liked them together. Also I thought how they handled talking about and approaching the physical part of their relationship was not only sweet but honest and mature. BUT it was a tiny bit too much too strong for me at points. I don’t want to say instalove but maybe? There were maybe two or three lines where I rolled my eyes a bit for how strong they came off so early but besides that I totally bought in.
“All of me or none of me – that’s what I’m offering”*
Besides the romance we get to see Bex deal with some family issues with her mom, her not in the picture dad and all the money issues. Jack also has family issues that are kind of a big secret to everyone. They were both there for each other through this.
The story is told theough Bex’s point of view which I enjoyed. I thought the book flowed well and really moved pretty quickly. I totally got sucked in and didn’t want to put it down. I thought the story was adorable and touching and there may have been a tear or two I’m not sure. If you like a book with a focus on art, family issues abound and an adorable romance, this one is totally for you.
*Quotes taken from advanced copy; subject to change in final.