July 29, 2018

#BookReview of A Heart in a Body in the World by @debcaletti


A Heart in a Body in the World
Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
About the Book: When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?

So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her.

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.

Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come.






About the Author: 
Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “Essential Maps for the Lost,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, followed by "The Secrets She Keeps," and "What's Become of Her," a psychological thriller for adults. Her upcoming YA novel, "A Heart in a Body in the World," releases Sept. 4, 2018. She lives with her family in Seattle. 


Do I Recommend this book? Omg yes!

Notes and Opinions: This book breaks your heart and fixes it...so many times. I just wanted to go into the book and just protect Annabelle. She went through so much and I wanted to cry for her. How she stayed strong and didn't breakdown or just give up is beyond me. You follow her through her journey from Washington State to DC and you don't find out what happened in her past until the end. This book is motivational. It pushes you to fight for what you believe in no matter what. I suggest this read to anyone and everyone.

 









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