February 05, 2020

#BookTour: How to Build a Heart by @mpadian


Synopsis: One young woman’s journey to find her place in the world as the carefully separated strands of her life — family, money, school, and love — begin to overlap and tangle.  

All sixteen-year-old Izzy Crawford wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. Her father, a marine, died in Iraq six years ago, and Izzy’s moved to a new town nearly every year since, far from the help of her extended family in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. When Izzy’s hardworking mom moves their small family to Virginia, all her dreams start clicking into place. She likes her new school—even if Izzy is careful to keep her scholarship-student status hidden from her well-to-do classmates and her new athletic and popular boyfriend. And best of all: Izzy’s family has been selected by Habitat for Humanity to build and move into a brand-new house. Izzy is this close to the community and permanence she’s been searching for, until all the secret pieces of her life begin to collide.

How to Build a Heart is the story of Izzy’s journey to find her place in the world and her discovery that the choices we make and the people we love ultimately define us and bring us home.


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About the Author: Maria Padian has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a freelance writer, essayist, and author of young adult novels, including Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress, Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best, and Out of Nowhere. Maria lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine. Visit her online at mariapadian.com and find her on Twitter: @mpadian.

Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This one was a heart breaking story to start with, but by the end it was an uplift tale.  I will say that this had the normal young adult troupes of a love triangle and more.  So make sure to know that those will be in there.  Although those are in this story I think that it played out well with the story and I don't think it would have worked without it being in there.  The pacing was well done and I did love the characters.  I wished that the characters would have been fleshed out just a little bit more however, overall they were ok.   I loved the mix of cultures and the look at what it is to be a military family.  I think the author did very well with tossing in Habitat for Humanity and other aspects of losing a father etc.  


Overall, this was a great contemporary story. 



Go Into This One Knowing: YA Troupes, Love Triangle 







"Padian takes a familiar theme—a girl hiding her background from others—and makes it fresh with her protagonist, Izzy Crawford . . . The characters around her are well-defined and support Izzy and the plot well. Throughout the novel, Izzy's strength, candor, and humanity shine through."
Booklist

"An absolutely enthralling depiction of family and self-discovery."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Padian creates a world that the reader can easily dive into. Anyone who’s ever been a self-conscious teen will see themselves in Izzy."
Book Riot









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