The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
By: Jenn Bennett
Available November 2014
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?
This Blonde’s Review:
Beatrix wants access to cadavers to practice drawing real body parts. She believes seeing the real parts and organs will give her a better understanding of how they look over looking at pictures and drawings by others. When the person she needs to talk to about the program stands her up and she misses the last train she has to take a midnight us. That’s where she meets the mysterious Jack.
Jack has secrets, she doesn’t know much about him but she finds him intriguing. As she gets to know him she can’t help but fall for him too. As they learn more about each other they realize that there is baggage on both sides that can make a relationship difficult.
I loved getting to know Beatrix and Jack. They’re great characters that have to figure out how to deal with the issues in their families and juggle getting to know each other. I thought it was great that things weren’t quite what they seem for either of their families. They had plenty to learn about each other and themselves.
I have to say that I loved the description of the art she used for her scholarship submission. It sounded interesting and like something I would have liked to see. I loved the way her art was able to open things up for people around her.
If you enjoy a book about characters struggling to find themselves and deal with family issues while getting to know themselves you’ll enjoy this one.