The Anatomical Shape of a Heart Review

November 3, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart ReviewThe Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 3rd 2015
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: Alex, Approximately
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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?

There is just not enough words to describe how amazing this book is. I read it back in July and was immediately struck by the beauty of the characters and this story. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read and quickly became one of my favorite YA romance books to date. I can’t talk enough about how freaking swoony Jack is. If you dare pick this up, full warning that you will fall madly in love with him. It’s pretty impossible not to fall for this guy honestly! Jenn Bennett has created her first YA novel that I won’t soon forget.

If you can’t already tell, I have tons and tons of feelings about this book. It’s hard to know exactly where to start with a book that you really love. However, I guess I’ll start by talking about what makes these characters so memorable. Beatrix is a unique and determined character who knows what she wants to do with her life. She long to be like Leonardo da Vinci and draw sketches of cadavers. She is determined to win a scholarship so she has the money to afford college. Jack is a character who is from a much different world from Beatrix. He’s a rich kid who also is a graffiti artist for reasons unknown to her. More on their personalities: Beatrix is a bit hard to crack at first and it bothered me how mean she was to Jack, but she quickly becomes more likable as the book progresses. Jack truthfully doesn’t have an unlikable moment in the story, you cheer for him from the start.

I loved how sex positive this book is. Beatrix isn’t a virgin while Jack, who has a reputation for being a player, actually is a virgin. I love how the two talk about what they both want when it comes to sex. They don’t revolve their relationship around it, but they still use it to move their relationship to the next step and I absolutely loved how well written this part was. It was honest and shows that communication is key in every single step in a relationship. Kudos to Jenn Bennett for writing this incredibly honest story.

If you can’t already tell, I love Jack and Beatrix as a couple. They completely balance each other out and I love how honest they remain with one another. What I love the most about this book is that it has no love triangle, cheating, or a breakup between our two central characters. It simply is a journey with a few roadblocks in the way. However, these are natural things that are out of their control, not choices made by the characters. I love how realistic the drama is and that it’s not just drama that isn’t needed. We always are certain that Jack and Beatrix are going to make it out together, but we wonder about the other characters as well.

In the end, I can’t recommend this book enough. There is one specific moment towards the end that explains the title of the book and I was definitely nervous that my heart was going to explode from cuteness overload. It was adorable without being overly sappy. I loved everything about this book and wouldn’t really change a thing about it. So if you have loved YA romances like My Life Next Door, On The Jellicoe Road, The Distance Between Us, or Since You’ve Been Gone, I think you’ll truly enjoy this one as well.


One Response to “The Anatomical Shape of a Heart Review”

  1. kdaziz

    I’ve seen a lot about the art concept of the book but not much else. Thanks for going so in depth!