The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

23310763Published: November 3rd, 2015 

By: Feiwel & Friends

Genres: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Mental-Illness, Art, Romance

Format: Hardcover 

Source: Won 

My Rating: 5 Stars

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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 her family’s closet tear them apart?



I’ve got so many feeeeeeeels! When I’m feeling down, or just overwhelmed with life, I like to lose myself in a book. Well, do that anyway, but I crave it more when life sucks. I’ve always managed to find the right book that makes me feel better. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart gave me life. Seriously, I was dying before I cracked this book open. And if you haven’t read this book yet, you are seriously missing out on ALL THE FEELS!

This is me before TASoaH…….

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After TASoaH……..

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I don’t feel so weighted down right now. For those of you who don’t know what this book is about, I’ll try not to spoil it for you. It’s art, love, family, mental health, and a very sex positive book. I’ll get to the latter in a moment. 

What I Love About Bex and Jack…

Bex (Beatrix) is an artist, trying to win herself some scholarship money. She’s about to start her senior year of high school, and has been squirreling away a little savings, but she knows it’s not enough to even get her into the best school for the career she wants to pursue. I love her dedication to art. She’s focused and determined to be the greatest medical illustrator there ever was. Her mom wants her to be another kind of artist, but Bex is not changing her mind. After meeting Jack, she starts sneaking around, which cause a rift between her and her mother. No, she’s not some rebellious teen! You’ll see when you read the book. I’m not one for talking back to your parents, but I was so glad that Bex called her mother out on everything she’d done wrong. With her father up and leaving them, Bex and her brother have been helping out and taking care of their own little expenses. Her relationship with Jack was instantaneous, but I never minded that part because I was too busy swooning.

Jack (Jackson) is one cool guy. I loved him the moment he and Bex met. The little vandal! Okay, so he’s not a bad person and after we get to the “whys” of why he was going around spray painting the city, my heart just thumped a little harder for him. I can’t give up why without spoiling it, but the little development in that area was great. I liked that it didn’t take over the story, but it all came together at the end. After Jack and Bex got busted for their secretive meetings, I was hoping that the ending went exactly the way it did. I was totally speechless when it went that way, after I’d thought it in my mind. And no, I swear to you that I didn’t know anything about this book beforehand. Only that it was a great read among bloggers that I follow. Totally happy about that, BTW.

How do you write something so positive about taboo topics that parents don’t want to think about, Jenn Bennett?

I have to say that I like the way the author brought up the sex in this story. Teens are doing it more than grownups these days, so I am all for some sex positive YA lit. It wasn’t slutty and embarrassing; just well written conversation between two teens who are in a relationship. I love how Jack questioned Bex about her sexual history, and she answered him honestly. 

I’ve said all I need to say without spoiling this book. Trust me, if you love contemporary YA, this book is one you need to add to your shelf immediately. It’s definitely going on my reread shelf. Highly recommend!


27 thoughts on “The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

  1. YAY! So happy you loved this one because Nick and I did too. I loved everything about this. How unconventional it was. How it had a good family dynamic, how realistic and flawed Bex was and how sex positive it was. Loved this!


  2. YAS GIRL! I am SO happy that you were able to love this one! I read it because of a trusted blogger who was struggling with YA books suddenly falling in love with it. And then I fell for it hard. And you did too, so join the club ❤ The characters were just so well done, and I loved their relationship more than anything. Oh, and the reason behind Jack's spray painting? You're right – it didn't take over the novel, but it played an important part too and the balance was just perfect.


  3. I was really interested when I saw that the character wanted to be a medical illustrator. That shit is tough! I’ve always been into art, and that was actually the kind of illustrator my own mom wanted me to be, so it’s kind of funny to read how Bex’s mom wanted her to be another kind, lol.


  4. Girrrllll! This is definitely one that I’ll be checking out then! ❤ I LOVE sex positive, witty relationships, and it sounds like there's forbidden romance in this too? If so, I HOPE SO! I don't read very much YA Contemporary but I don't see why I shouldn't try this book out! Given with your lovely review has me basically banging my Kindle against my head as I try to figure out why the heck I haven't tried this out yet! ❤

    Thanks for this epical review love! ❤


  5. Fabulous review! I’ve been really wanting to read this one. Good to know that it is a sex positive YA book. I am really glad to see YA books being more diverse is so many ways these days.


  6. Yup, time and time again I’m told I need to read this book and I’m like I will, I will. I need to read this ASAP. I haven’t read a single bad thing about this book. I’m going to read this one very soon. I just have to. Nice review!


  7. Yay! This is absolutely one of my favorite books of last year. I loved how the sex was handled too. It was authentic and felt very very accurate. I especially loved how Jack and Bex talked about it and their fears and insecurities!
    I’m so glad you loved it too!


  8. I wanted to put it on my Goodreads wishlist immediately.. guess what? It’s already there. Need to get my hands on it soon!!


  9. Oh yes, I agree wholeheartedly that books can pick one up when they are down, crushed, or drowning in life. Glad you met up with this one.

    I have heard incredible things about this book. You make me want to grab it- right now, but I have to be a good girl and read what I’ve got. 🙂 But after that….


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