The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Jenn Bennett. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-06645-9
In her first book for teens, adult author Bennett (the Arcadia Bell series) presents a story about two unusual, talented artists: Bex (short for Beatrix) Adams, who dreams of becoming a medical illustrator, and Jack Vincent, who has a double life as a San Francisco street artist, traversing the city by night to spray paint words like “Fly” and “Trust” in gold. Their chance meeting—and Bex’s quick discovery of Jack’s secret—sets off a sweet romance between these two struggling teenagers. Bex lost her father to divorce, and her family can barely make ends meet, while Jack has family problems of his own. Jack’s fascination with Buddhism intrigues Bex, and he sees in Bex some of the peace he so desperately seeks. As they fall in love and make their first forays into sexual intimacy, Bennett doesn’t let their story fall prey to melodrama, even when their relationship is challenged. Readers interested in art and Buddhism will find this novel a satisfying read. Ages 12–up. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/07/2015
Release date: 11/03/2015
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-250-06646-6
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