3 Reasons Why You Need to Read The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett (Blog Tour Review + Giveaway)

The Anatomical Shape of A Heart Book Cover The Anatomical Shape of A Heart
Jenn Bennett
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Feiwel & Friends
November 3, 2015

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?


  1. The art is AWESOME

I have never heard that medical art is a thing and I never realized that to some people, it’s actually their dream to produce it and be known for it. This book provides a whole new perspective on art. I love books that make realize things like that by focusing or putting a spotlight on lesser known things.

I know graffiti is a huge deal to some people and it’s illegal but I grew up in a city where I didn’t think anyone was arrested because of it (or I may be just ignorant with what’s happening here lol). I don’t even think they wash up the graffiti on some public areas here. I wouldn’t complain if it’s a magnificent art like what Jack does in the book but most of them are just plain gross looking.

  1. The romance is ASDFGHJKL *insert heart eyes*

I love YA Romance but some of them aren’t just portrayed right, you know? But this book has got it on point. I love Bex and Jack’s banter and they said and did things that I know real life teenagers do. It was fun reading how they met and everything that led up to it after.


There are a lot of them in this book like the reason why Jack does graffiti (it’s super heartbreaking). I’m usually turned off by parents who don’t care for their child in YA but because of the surprises in this book, it turned out well for me. The characters had great character development too.

What do you think of medical art? How about graffiti? Are you also tired by the “parents-who-want-nothing-to-do-with-their-child” trend in YA?



Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.


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3 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why You Need to Read The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett (Blog Tour Review + Giveaway)

  1. I think I am one of the few YA readers that don’t mind the absentee parents trope, but only if it has a purpose. Like in Shivers (one of my fave series, so no real bagging here), Grace’s parents are oblivious to almost everything Grace does… but they don’t have a real reason to be. If you give me a proper, well-explained reason for the parent’s not being involved in their kids life – i.e. in PJO there parents are gods so they aren’t expected to raise their kids, or some kids have alcoholic parents or abusive parents or workaholics – than I think that it is perfectly okay then.
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  2. I feel like I can tolerate “Parent-in-YA Syndrome” (that is the name I came up with for it 😉 ) but only if it actually works in the story. Otherwise, it is SO annoying! I have been on the fence about reading this because I could not care less about graffiti, or art in general basically, BUT everyone has been saying such great things about it that I think I will give it a try! Lovely review 🙂
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  3. I mainly want to read this book because of the medical art aspect! I love books where the main character has an interest in art in general, so I think I would love this aspect because it’s something I have never really heard of before.

    Also, pretty graffiti is awesome. I’d totally have loved it if this book has included the illustrations of the art/graffiti that was mentioned. That would be INCREDIBLE.

    I’m glad this is a YA romance done well! I love getting behind a good ship 🙂

    Surprises are always great, especially when you can’t pick them.

    I hope to pick this one up soon because it seems like almost everyone has enjoyed it!
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