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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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?
My list of favorites is constantly evolving. One week I might like one book better than another, depending on my mood or tastes—or even what I’m writing at the time. (I try not to read the same genre that I’m writing because I don’t like to be influenced.) Here’s a list of some of my current fav YA reads.
10. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
The entire Raven Cycle series, actually.
9. Graceling, Kristen Cashore
I adore this book, but the romantic in me pretends the ending turned out differently.
8. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
If you don’t find this book utterly charming, there’s something wrong inside your head. Go straight to the doctor, right now.
7. His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
Okay, so this isn’t exactly young adult, but I’m still including it, because it’s one of my favorite series of all time, and because I’m a cheater.
6. Forbidden, Tabitha Suzuma
This is a very difficult book for older teens about a very difficult subject matter (incest), but it made me sob my eyes out.
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
To be honest, I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss at least, I don’t know, a million times. It’s my go-to comfort read. I adore the hero in that book and the Paris setting. However, I heart the heroine in this book, Lola, more than sliced bread.
4. My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick
Funny, engaging, sexy, and real. I did a lot of swooning and laughing during this one.
3. Charm and Strange, Stephanie Kuehn
One of the oddest, most baffling books I’ve read. Absolutely worth the effort.
2. The Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkoski
A forbidden romance blooms between a General’s daughter and a Herrani slave in this slow-burn fantasy. Arin—sigh!
1. I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
Lush, stream-of-conscious narrative soars through this tale of grief told from the point of views of twins, male and female. Like Night Owls, this book is also about artists (both the twins and their mother).
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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.