Review: The Anatomical Shape of the Heart


By Jenn Bennett

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?


What I gave it: 5 stars

I can tell you this is going to be on my top ten books list for this year. It was refreshing and beautifully written. There isn’t a thing I didn’t like about this book. The plot moves at a beautiful pace. Bex and Jack seemed like actual real people with real struggles. They have ups and downs, problems, and it isn’t instant love like in many other contemporaries. You got to see them both grow from this relationship, to find themselves better. They both dealt with serious problems, from severe mental illness to lies and abandonment. It just felt like a real love story, not something forced or cooked up. The book wasn’t solely about their love either. Noone gave up everything to chase this love. It followed their struggles for their dreams, Bex for a scholarship for art school and Jack simply for a life without secrets.

I could gush about this book for hours. I fell in love with Jack the moment we meet him and I knew from that moment on, this book was going to be fantastic. There’s not a single thing I disliked about this book.

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