2024 Reading Challenge

2024 Reading Challenge
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

REVIEW for The Heart is Not a Size

Once again, a huge, huge thank you to Melissa at HaperCollins Canada!!!!!

TITLE: The Heart is not a Size

AUTHOR: Beth kephart


RATING: 5 Stars

Yes people! You are on the right site AND you are reading this correctly - this is the 3rd book, since the beginning of 2010, rated 5 stars on this blog!!! As you know, this is quite unusual for me, but, as I have mentioned in the last YA post, I have been hitting the "mother load" of excellent, well written and touching YA novels.

This one particularly touches me personally as I, myself, struggle with an eating disorder and unfortunately, this disease is becoming more and more prevalent in young adults (mainly female, although guys are certainly not immune). So, of course, as soon as I saw the title and cover of this one - I was hooked. Thankfully, it was totally easy to be hooked as author Kephart has written a gut wrenching, deep story about the friendship between two very different girls Georgia and Riley - who end up traveling to Juarez, Mexico.

Although this appears to be the main premise of the book - the geographical location serves more as a trigger - propelling both girls to truly get to understand who they are and more importantly, to finally face up to who they really are !

The story is always touching, at times funny and the writing is beautiful - simply beautiful. I found myself rooting for these girls who are simply trying to get by, while learning hard life lessons, all the while maintaining their friendship - which is truly a gift.

The author does a wonderful job in creating a character that suffers from an ED and will do anything to live in denial (the favorite spot for many addicts) until she can no longer hide it - even while she tried to hide from it in Mexico.

Beautifully, beautifully written.


bermudaonion said...

Beth Kephart has a beautiful way with words. I'm glad to see this book touched you so deeply since I'll be reading it soon.

cindysloveofbooks said...

Wow another 5 star review Tina. Okay all your 5 star books are being put on my To Buy List now.

I have been hearing good things about Beth and her books.

avisannschild said...

I want to read this book! Great review, glad to hear you're reading so many good ones these days!

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I have a family member who suffers from an ED and it's a constant worry for our family. I hope this book reaches out to those young ones who need it and helps others to understand. Thanks for this review. I will add this one to my wishlist.

Beth Kephart said...

Gosh, this is beautiful, and I am so grateful. Thank you so many times over!

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