The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn BennettThe Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

byJenn Bennett

Hardcover | November 3, 2015

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Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in 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?

Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series with Pocket and the Roaring 20's historical paranormal romance series with Berkley. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.
Title:The Anatomical Shape of a HeartFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.49 × 5.77 × 1.04 inPublished:November 3, 2015Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:125006645X

ISBN - 13:9781250066459

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Many things to love about The Anatomical Shape of a Heart! Beatrix and Jack are delightful main characters, fully fleshed out with interesting hobbies (anatomical art and graffiti drawing, respectively) and a sureness about who they are. Their chemistry is super hot and the sexual tension is almost palpable. Like, they needed to just make out already! I really love how sex-positive their relationship and how open they are to discussions about virginity and consent. The secondary characters are fantastic as well, especially Beatrix's mother and her brother, Heath. This makes a lot of a sense, as family dynamics play a huge role in both Bex and Jack's story lines. Art plays a huge role and really draws these two together. This story is just really sweet and romantic and I adore these two kids together. I read through this book SO quickly and am now eagerly anticipating Bennett's next YA book, Alex, Approximately!
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite This is the best book that I have read in a long time! It is now my new favorite book of all-time!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! “I was a sucker for medical oddities" I really enjoyed this book, it had so many unique elements that I really enjoyed. First of all the main character Bex wants to become a medical illustrator which was super interesting. I loved reading about a main character who was really into anatomy as it was one of my favourite courses in my kinesiology degree. When she talks about having personal anatomical models and a skeleton (named Lester) in her room I was excited for her and also a little bit jealous. I liked how the book dealt with a major mental illness and discussed sex so openly and in a healthy way. There was a little bit of instalove but I was okay with it and although some aspects of Jack’s character I felt were unrealistic I really enjoyed the romance. It definitely exceeded my expectations!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Meaningful Heartfelt Story I wasn't sure what to expect with The Anatomical Shape of a Heart and it took me by surprise. It wasn't just a simple love story between a boy and a girl. Surprisingly it talked about mental health and what it means to love and be loved. Bex is an ordinary teenage girl who loves to draw bodies. Her interest lies in anatomy which in my opinion is super cool. She wasn't your typical squirmy girl that screams when seeing a dead body. Sure she gets queasy but she genuinely cared for the deceased. She put her heart into her artworks. She had a strong bond with her brother being able to confide in him even when she doesn't heed his warnings. "Mom says you should never ask for advice you aren't willing to take." (ARC, p. 104). While Bex says she's uncertain if she agrees with that, I like that she acknowledges it. There's partial truth in that statement. Her more cautious relationship with her mother bugged me because of how controlling her mom was being. It was sort of wonderful to see Bex lay everything out on her mom. Who wouldn't fall for Jack? He's got the bad boy part down with his secret nighttime activity. Best of all, his graffiti weren't just pure jokes and/or for fun. They had purpose and he made them shine. If you're not swooning yet, let me just add, he's truthful, charismatic and gorgeous. Everything he does will make you love him more. My one true reservation about the storyline was how fast and intense Bex and Jack's relationship developed. The attraction was there from the first moment they met but it just seemed they were in love too quickly. At least they were fully honest and open with each other. No holding back. Some parts were dirty sexy ;) Not to give anything away, I really appreciated the look at mental health and conditions. It's insightful and quite powerful. I think the familial aspect in this book was incredibly well-written. Both families were flawed but they weren't intentionally cruel to their loved ones. Their actions got carried away by their emotions. The fact that they took steps towards atoning for their mistakes spoke volumes. Ultimately The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was a love story about acceptance. Our loved ones make mistakes but that doesn't define them. There can be forgiveness and not just between two lovers but between families too. This was a meaningful and heartfelt story.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Positive, Smart and Realistic Book! I was very impressed by how positive this book was about sex, and how realistic it all was. Bex is a smartass artist, struggling a bit with her firm but sassy mother, and hilarious brother. She meets Jack, who is not some dark, dodgy and badass graffiti artist. Instead, Jack is a charming, worldly, funny and sweet guy who is captivated by Bex when they meet at a late-night bus stop. I found their relationship to be sweet, funny and realistic. Jack is such a cutie! Bex's relationship with her family is hilarious, and one that depicts the ups and downs of current society. Most importantly, I loved how the author was frank and open about mental health, which is a very important lessons. Overall, would strongly recommend this YA novel. This needs more promotion and exposure in Chapters/Indigo!
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Ah, what a wonderfully fantastic book. I will admit that when I first heard about The Anatomical Shape of A Heart, I put it on my TBR(as one does), but I wasn't like dying for it. But then my good buddy, Charnell was raving about it back in the summer. Even went on to say it's her favourite book of 2015. So of course that piqued my interest and made me need to get my hands on a copy. Charnell was not wrong, this book is a winner. It just felt so effortlessly written. The relationship was perfection. And the characters, ah, just so much personality. I freakin' loved Bex. She's artsy, but not in a pretentious annoying way. Her wit and quirky geekiness shines through the pages. Seriously, I love the girl. What was also a great part of Bex was her relationship with her mom and brother. There's some bad blood with her dad, whom she hasn't spoken to in three years(which will come into play throughout the book), and you can definitely feel the lingering resentment in their household. But it's overshadowed by Bex, her mom and her brothers awesomeness. They talk to each other, they joke with each other, they hang out with each other, they fight with each other. Hey look, a real family dynamic. I LOL'd a bunch over what Bex's mom would say or do; like handing her boxes of condoms(with no shame); which I guess fits with her mom being "Nurse Katherine the Great". They would just act, joke and talk like adults. I absolutely despise when book parents treat their 18 year kid like they've never said a swear word or thought about someone sexually. Just c'mon. SHIP ALERT! From the second or third page of the book when Bex meets Jack well waiting for the the night bus they have an instant connection. It's a total meet cute in my book. They have some fun banter and the relationship just progresses in this really fun way. Although Bex is smart enough not to just hand her number out to anyone, she makes Jack work to find her and earn it. The relationship starts off totally relatable with the whole "why hasn't he called yet?" And the "oh my God, maybe he isn't into me!" Everyone experiences those moments. The summary makes it seem like Jack is going to be this secretive closed off guy. But he's far from it. Nobody unloads their whole life on someone they just met and are trying to impress. You get to know the person, and when they trust you they start reveling their past and secrets; their life. Jack's life is far from easy. Well he is breaking the law by illegally painting graffiti throughout the city. But it's far more than that. And I just loved him. Jack is charming and good looking, sure. But also extremely sweet and caring. Just the kind of guy your mom wants you to bring home. The Anatomical Shape of A Heart was also a very sex positive book. A lot of teenagers let their hormones guide them. But I absolutely loved how Jack and Bex were able to talk about sex in an honest way. They both had expectations and like Jack says, if they're not able to talk about them then they are not ready to act on them. Also it wasn't totally fade to black when they were ready. Just because this is a YA book Bennett didn't shy away from a positive sexual relationship between teenagers; all the words and acts that come with it. The Anatomical Shape of A Heart also flawlessly adds diversity to the story. And it's not one of those where you figure the author just thought, "on no, I better add a gay character in to keep my book relevant." Diversity is life and you see that shown in here in Bex's gay brother, and the mental illness shown and discussed positively(as much as it can). Nothing is just thrown in for the hell of it; that's Bex's family or Jack's or the plenty of non-white friends. I just felt the book wasn't trying to be diverse, it was just mirroring the real world, and I wish more books did that. I'm all for every book being diverse, but I also don't think it should be a thing we wish for anymore, they should just be. I've read a bunch of books with characters who are artists or art is depicted in some way. But this is a first for me. I have yet to come across a book the focuses on anatomical drawings. It never even crossed my mind that there's people out there that draw still life of dead people or really their organs, cadavers, whatever. To me that's extremely disturbing. But that's mostly because I'm squeamish and would never want to think about someone actually sitting with a dead cut open body drawing their heart. I will admit to Bex/Jenn Bennett making it seem pretty cool though. Bex's expectations and than reactions to being around a dead body were pretty realistic too. The reality was definitely going to be different than the imagery she was use to. And I think a lot of us would think the same; if we can handle it in picture format how much different is the real thing? Obviously very different. As cool as Bex's art is, I definitely know I can only handle it in text. Knowing me and my love/need for romance, The Anatomical Shape of A Heart is completely perfect in that department. *sigh* But it's so much more than that. There was no stupid relationship drama that happens in 90% of books. Bex and Jack were honest with each other, so the plot of the book didn't focus on them breaking up and finding their way back to each other. They got together and dealt with life together from that point on. Fucking yes. They're both becoming adults, which meant learning about their feelings and how to handle them whether with their parents, passions, futures, etc... Which is absolutely why The Anatomical Shape of A Heart is a new favourite. It is on point. And when I finished it I had to fight the urge to just start it all over again. Stupid TBR pile...
Date published: 2015-11-03

Editorial Reviews

"A thought-provoking exploration of art as an expression of love and pain." -Kirkus

"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." -Publishers Weekly

"An appealingly realistic romance that will curl toes and inspire sighs." -School Library Journal