The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was riveted from the start. Heartbreaking goodness.
Truly a powerful story. This is a YA story of first love between two outcasts. Beatrix (Bex) has a love of drawing anatomy and is trying to get permission to sit in on the medical school anatomy classes so she can sketch the people who have given their bodies to science to be dissected so she can try to win a scholarship and become a medical illustrator. Her classmates at school had nicknamed her Mortician.
She meets Jackson (Jack) on a late bus one night and as they talk and stare at each other, he loses track of time and nearly misses his stop. When he gets up to leave a can of expensive gold spray paint falls out of his backpack. She figures out he is the graffiti artist wanted for some large gold graffiti popping up around town lately that has been in the news.
“He was all retro and rockabilly and cool. If James Dean and David Beckham had a baby, it would be Jack. That jewel-thief outfit he’d been wearing that first night was a total criminal disguise.”
The book is full of the angst of first love, both of them are seniors in high school and have family issues. They are both artists and he is a Bhuddhist. The romance between them is sweet and beautiful while some of the issues keeping them apart at first are achingly tragic and unexpected. The characterizations are terrific, story development and flow is perfect and the descriptions of San Francisco are awesome. There are several supporting characters that add to the story. Overall I really liked the story and recommend the book.