A Heart in a Body in the World
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.

A Heart in a Body in the World Details

TitleA Heart in a Body in the World
Author
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481415200
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Teen

A Heart in a Body in the World Review

  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    "But she feels this in her heart and soul and with every searing and burning step: A crime must have a punishment and this is part of hers."I am kicking myself for not taking a physical arc copy of this book at BookCon because I didn't think I could relate to the running theme that I knew would feature heavily in this book. However, I'm glad the copy went to somebody else and I was approved on NetGalley because, man, I was wrong to think I could pass this book up. "She wants to propel herself in "But she feels this in her heart and soul and with every searing and burning step: A crime must have a punishment and this is part of hers."I am kicking myself for not taking a physical arc copy of this book at BookCon because I didn't think I could relate to the running theme that I knew would feature heavily in this book. However, I'm glad the copy went to somebody else and I was approved on NetGalley because, man, I was wrong to think I could pass this book up. "She wants to propel herself into the dark and terrifying universe. Being that unanchored and that much in peril seems preferable to being here, grounded on the earth that wrecked her."If you are making a list of hard-hitting, heartbreaking, and beautiful books and this isn't on it, well, you're wrong. A Heart in a Body in the World is a story about survival, guilt, trauma, love, hope, and change. Annabelle starts off the story having a bit of a breakdown, running away from picking up her dinner (it's literally still in a take-out bag as she sprints away from town) and refusing to go back home. She's got it in her head that she's going to run straight from Seatle to Washington D.C. and even though she's got no idea what she'll do when she gets there, she's going all the same. "She is a mess of wounds Fresh wounds, old ones, wounds in various stages of pain and healing. She wonders if all of her will ever feel healed at the same time."Throughout the course of this book we understand her motivation for running, the horrific events of gun violence unfold, and we get a look at Belle's mental state (which she's amazing about checking in with). You see her coping with trauma and loss. You see her dealing with survivor's guilt and shame. You see all the ugly personal gritty bits of a girl who has dealt with forced intimacy and unspeakable trauma as she becomes an inadvertent activist raising awareness as she runs across the country with the aide of her grandfather and his RV. "There are all kinds of hands- careful ones, cruel ones, ones you can trust and ones you can't. You don't always know the difference until too late, but it's true, too, that ones as disturbed at The Taker's are rare. They are rare, she reminds herself. Most hands are good."This is not only a story of woe, it's also a story of healing, of mending back the pieces of a broken heart and reclaiming your voice and your power and doing something to force the change you want to see in the world. It's a timely, harrowing, and beautiful look at the world we live in today, a world that does not value or protect its young girls the same way it does men and guns. Some books you read and enjoy but soon forget, this is a book I won't be forgetting. If you are looking for a contemporary that gives you insight into the realities of the world around you, a vantage point I hope nobody else ever needs to have, then please consider picking up this book. "She should be furious. She should rage like mad every day. Her rage should start at The Taker and extend to every single way her body is illegally controlled or left unprotected."Trigger warnings for forced intimacy, stalking, gun violence, murder, the death of a loved one, trauma, self-harm by way of pushing past physical boundaries (aka running too long/too hard at times), PTSD, grief, and depression.All quotes were taken from an ARC copy and are subject to change. ARC provided by Simon Pulse by way of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    As a voracious reader, I’ve read many stories over the course of my lifetime that have resonated with me deeply. But books like A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD, books that strike you in your very soul— those are much fewer and far between. This book contains one of the most important stories I’ve ever read. Every woman, everyone who has dealt with aggression and power and violence, will find this story all too familiar. It’s brutally honest and painful to read, but that just makes the hopeful mom As a voracious reader, I’ve read many stories over the course of my lifetime that have resonated with me deeply. But books like A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD, books that strike you in your very soul— those are much fewer and far between. This book contains one of the most important stories I’ve ever read. Every woman, everyone who has dealt with aggression and power and violence, will find this story all too familiar. It’s brutally honest and painful to read, but that just makes the hopeful moments in this book all the more joyful. I’ll post a full review closer to release, but damn, it’s going to be near impossible to top this as my favorite read of 2018.
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  • May
    January 1, 1970
    Wow.Sometimes, you come across things; people, places, music, films, and they move you in ways you can't even begin to articulate. This is one of those things.This is a book that will break your heart and stitch it back together. It begins with a journey; one of 2794 miles and a million emotions. In a spell-binding, and subtely climatic manner, Deb Caletti gives a voice to a group that have been silenced for far too long, in the form of Annabelle Agnelli. God, I wish I knew a girl like Annabelle Wow.Sometimes, you come across things; people, places, music, films, and they move you in ways you can't even begin to articulate. This is one of those things.This is a book that will break your heart and stitch it back together. It begins with a journey; one of 2794 miles and a million emotions. In a spell-binding, and subtely climatic manner, Deb Caletti gives a voice to a group that have been silenced for far too long, in the form of Annabelle Agnelli. God, I wish I knew a girl like Annabelle. Not that I wished that much tragedy upon anyone, but Annabelle's characterisation, including her flaws, her emotions, and how these changed across her journey was astounding. The bravery, strength, resilience and hope that she inspired will resonate with me long after I close these pages. The way I connected with her was personally unparalleled, not only in Caletti's own books, but in third-person voice fiction (which I am very typically not a fan of). Annabelle has endured things that absolutely no person should have endured, but that far too many girls this day and age have. Being female doesn't mean that you're weak; it does not and should not mean that we're powerless against men. Or that we should be susceptible to the violence allowed to men by the mere nature that they're the 'stronger' ones. We should not have to excuse actions that make us uncomfortable for lack of not wanting to come across as aggressive. Or, be blamed for being inherently and unassumingly sexual, and have to internalise the guilt and shame that comes from the feelings we invoke. The fact victim blaming even exists is an joke in itself.These are challenges that more often than not, many females I know, myself included, have to deal with. And not just once, repeatedly and consistently. One of the most vivid sentiments of this book was that: the rights awarded to men and female are different. So, we put up with these abuses as part of being female, but we absolutely should not have to. It's a topic that doesn't get discussed in YA literature nearly as often as it should, but Caletti tackles it with poise and sensitivity, and manages to keep you captivated.. (view spoiler)[ The book deserves even more praise for the way it presented the United States. I don't live there. I hear the stories in the news, about the gun violence, the mass shootings, the rising death toll. The idea it takes less time to access a rifle than it does to purchase a car, or eat dinner in a restaurant. But I cannot, for the life of me, imagine living in a world where anyone you know could be carrying a concealed weapon. A world where you have to put your life in the hands of strangers, and trust that they are sane; they aren't psychotic; they won't hurt you. The idea that you are risking your life every time you walk into a school is a distinct reality for me, but this book makes it a discerningly real one. It's a novel that is needed, particularly in the current political climate, and I am sure many other readers will feel the same way. (hide spoiler)]My heart is in this book; this book is for the world. I want to give to my best friends, my future daughter, the president of the United States. For every person who has every felt powerless, or that they were responsible for the actions of others, or that they deserved some violent or unkind action towards themselves. Could not recommend enough.
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really special book that I'm glad a couple of people shoved in my face, espceially my coworker, who did so quite literally. (Well, she lent me her ARC, anyway.) This reminded me a little bit of Exit, Pursued By a Bear, in the sense that all the unilaterally supportive response she faces isn't unrealistic, per se, but rather just unlikely, in a way that makes you want to say "WHY should that be unlikely?? It's freaking HUMAN." But I digress - I really, really liked this very necessary This was a really special book that I'm glad a couple of people shoved in my face, espceially my coworker, who did so quite literally. (Well, she lent me her ARC, anyway.) This reminded me a little bit of Exit, Pursued By a Bear, in the sense that all the unilaterally supportive response she faces isn't unrealistic, per se, but rather just unlikely, in a way that makes you want to say "WHY should that be unlikely?? It's freaking HUMAN." But I digress - I really, really liked this very necessary angle on #MeToo and the correlation of sexual aggression and domestic violence, and how it doesn't always look like physical sexual assault. These girls, the ones about whom assholes IRL say should've just given him a chance or whatever, are, haven't really been at the center of any of the #MeToo books I've read, and I've read a lot, and I think there's something very comforting in the portrayal of one here that I hope finds its way to the hands that need it most. But all these things - the encroaching discomfort, the feeling of a loss of power you can't control, trying to use kindness to deal with issues that don't welcome it, having a furious drive to try to do something even if you don't believe it will yield anything but being unable to just quit...I thought Caletti nailed all these things. Definitely a book I'd recommend.
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  • Ashley Blake
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely stunning.
  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful timely novel about finding yourself and overcoming tragedy. Annabelle, our main character decides to run 2,700 miles from her home state of Washington to Washington D.C. The story follows Annabelle through her journey while giving us snippets of Annabelle's memories of the tragedy that she is running from; the tragedy is not revealed until you almost reach the end of the story. The characters feel so real and Annabelle is such an inspiration, this is an story that will stick with you A beautiful timely novel about finding yourself and overcoming tragedy. Annabelle, our main character decides to run 2,700 miles from her home state of Washington to Washington D.C. The story follows Annabelle through her journey while giving us snippets of Annabelle's memories of the tragedy that she is running from; the tragedy is not revealed until you almost reach the end of the story. The characters feel so real and Annabelle is such an inspiration, this is an story that will stick with you for a long time.
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  • Kristen Unger
    January 1, 1970
    Goodness, this is a important book.A well-executed book.I’m sure every woman can pinpoint times in her life when what was intended as kindness was skewed and twisted into an invitation or permission from a man.We need to raise our sons to understand consent, to respond gracefully to rejections, big and small.We need to raise our daughters with the knowledge that they don’t owe anyone their time or pleasantries. We need common sense gun laws.This is the story of what happens when a young woman fe Goodness, this is a important book.A well-executed book.I’m sure every woman can pinpoint times in her life when what was intended as kindness was skewed and twisted into an invitation or permission from a man.We need to raise our sons to understand consent, to respond gracefully to rejections, big and small.We need to raise our daughters with the knowledge that they don’t owe anyone their time or pleasantries. We need common sense gun laws.This is the story of what happens when a young woman feels more compelled to not make a scene rather than to trust their gut. It’s the story of the breed of entitlement that all women recognize in certain men. It’s the story of an abundance of guns and no barriers existing between a rifle and a young man who wishes to own one. It’s the story of creating meaning in the wake of tragedy, of enduring, of putting one foot in front of another again and again and again.
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  • Bekka
    January 1, 1970
    So there is some massively triggering content in this book, I'm going to put it under this spoiler tag in case you're wondering what it was and whether or not you can handle reading it. It's gun violence, by the way.(view spoiler)[Throughout the past timeline a boy makes Annabelle increasingly uncomfortable in his romantic pursuit of her. Eventually, it escalates when she gets back together with her ex-boyfriend. The boy, called The Taker, brings a gun to a high school party and kills two people So there is some massively triggering content in this book, I'm going to put it under this spoiler tag in case you're wondering what it was and whether or not you can handle reading it. It's gun violence, by the way.(view spoiler)[Throughout the past timeline a boy makes Annabelle increasingly uncomfortable in his romantic pursuit of her. Eventually, it escalates when she gets back together with her ex-boyfriend. The boy, called The Taker, brings a gun to a high school party and kills two people, Annabelle's best friend, Kat, and her boyfriend, Will. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding. Review to come.
  • Shayna
    January 1, 1970
    It was kind of hard to gauge what exactly this book was going to be about when I picked it up. But I knew it was about running and running for a particular cause, and I figured it would be motivational. And it definitely is! It's a book that makes you want to be proactive, push yourself harder, and fight for something you believe in. I think the book definitely excelled in that area, and it's truly relevant to politics and current issues in the United States right now.Despite that, I didn't LOVE It was kind of hard to gauge what exactly this book was going to be about when I picked it up. But I knew it was about running and running for a particular cause, and I figured it would be motivational. And it definitely is! It's a book that makes you want to be proactive, push yourself harder, and fight for something you believe in. I think the book definitely excelled in that area, and it's truly relevant to politics and current issues in the United States right now.Despite that, I didn't LOVE this book. It's hard to relay my issues without getting into spoiler territory, but I'll try.You don't find out the exact purpose of Annabelle's PTSD or motivation for running until the very end of the book. This might not be problematic for some readers. For me, I felt I was missing major pieces of Annabelle that allowed me to understand why she was doing what she was doing, and I felt like I was distracted from the better aspects of the book because of it.There are hints that do imply what happened to her, so it's not too difficult to deduce. I guess my issue is (view spoiler)[ the beginning of the book it said it wasn't a rape, but I was frustrated reading it with how much the writing made it seem as though it were a sexual act or potential rape, by mentioning the support from young women "like her", her reluctance to get close to guys, etc. (hide spoiler)]. But that was just my interpretation as a reader, others may not have gotten that vibe at all.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This was a one sitting, literally can't put this down read. Annabelle, who has been through a trauma that gets revealed in bits throughout the story, starts running from her home in Seattle towards Washington D.C. She is suffering from PTSD, but she has to do something to reclaim herself. This book is one of the most honest, real books I've ever read when it comes to the small ways girls and women are treated by males. We are taught to be sweet, be polite, to not say no, to take every one e Wow. This was a one sitting, literally can't put this down read. Annabelle, who has been through a trauma that gets revealed in bits throughout the story, starts running from her home in Seattle towards Washington D.C. She is suffering from PTSD, but she has to do something to reclaim herself. This book is one of the most honest, real books I've ever read when it comes to the small ways girls and women are treated by males. We are taught to be sweet, be polite, to not say no, to take every one else's feelings into account, but not all males are taught the same thing. I think every female knows what that feeling is, when you are scared, intimidated or uncomfortable because you've been pushed into something you don't want. I hope every teen gets a chance to read this novel and it's definitely going on my Printz list. Review from e-galley.
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  • Karin
    January 1, 1970
    Timely and heart-wrenching, this novel finds high school senior destroyed by tragedy and attempting a cross-country run (WA>DC) to deal with the events of the previous year. Loving, Italian-American family relationships, beautiful writing, and a slowly unveiled backstory makes this a page-turner that simultaneously encourages you to linger.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of those books that I had picked up at work because we had it, but I hadn't even heard of it before I picked it up, so I really did not know what to expect. What I definitely did NOT expect was 1) how much I would fall in love with this book and 2) how much it would hit me like a semi truck at some points with emotions. This is Annabelle's story of both the present where she decides to run all the way from her home is Seattle to Washington, DC and the past that is slowly unraveled This was one of those books that I had picked up at work because we had it, but I hadn't even heard of it before I picked it up, so I really did not know what to expect. What I definitely did NOT expect was 1) how much I would fall in love with this book and 2) how much it would hit me like a semi truck at some points with emotions. This is Annabelle's story of both the present where she decides to run all the way from her home is Seattle to Washington, DC and the past that is slowly unraveled throughout her run about what caused her the trauma to start the run in the first place. The story itself is definitely on the slower side and took me a lot longer than usual to get through because a lot of it is taking place in Annabelle's head as she runs. I don't read too many books where I actually enjoy having to take my time, but taking triple the amount of time it takes me to get through other books to get through this book didn't bother me one bit, it was a book that was worth taking slow. There were so many things that I loved about this book, but the thing that I really connected to the most was the times when Annabelle talked about the fear that girls have sometimes when it comes to men, how so much as just telling them no can be so hard sometimes because we never know how they react, and the responsibility that we feel to not set them off. There were so many times when I was reading the flashbacks where I was thinking things like "I had a similar experience like this in high school" or they made me think about the experiences I still have a work with customers that I have to act friendly with even when they sometimes make me uncomfortable. What Annabelle went through was so real and so relatable, and I KNOW there are other women are going to feel the same way when they read this book. Also, the whole ending of this book was something I needed to see in a book right now. Guns are such a big topic right now, they have definitely been something that I have been very passionate about, and I am happy to see those issues being addressed in Young Adult books. I never know how to end reviews, but the TLDR is that this is a book I will push onto everyone I know, it is one that needs to be read.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The premise, the gorgeous cover, and Gayle Forman’s praise convinced me that I had to have this book. Now after reading the arc, I’m sad to say that this was not my cup of tea.I wasn’t a fan of the prose; the author was telling me how our protagonist, Annabelle, felt rather than showing me. For this reason, I didn’t feel connected to Annabelle. She was dull. Apparently she was supposed to be pretty, likable, and involved in her community—the perfect high school student. I didn’t really see why s The premise, the gorgeous cover, and Gayle Forman’s praise convinced me that I had to have this book. Now after reading the arc, I’m sad to say that this was not my cup of tea.I wasn’t a fan of the prose; the author was telling me how our protagonist, Annabelle, felt rather than showing me. For this reason, I didn’t feel connected to Annabelle. She was dull. Apparently she was supposed to be pretty, likable, and involved in her community—the perfect high school student. I didn’t really see why she was so well-liked and other than that description, I didn’t know much about her. Another reviewer had noted that transitions between the present and past were “jarring” and I have to agree with that. At some points I didn’t feel like there were transitions. I just knew it was a flashback whenever she mentioned a certain character. With that said, these memories were actually the most interesting part of the novel for me. In fact, they were the reason why I continued reading. These scenes, though sparse, were hauntingly realistic and well-narrated. This is definitely a preference, but I wish the flashbacks were set in the present. Though I like how A Heart in a Body in the World focuses on the healing process, it felt like there was a distance between the protagonist and the reader and this distance was time. I would have felt a greater connection to the characters if I felt her emotions when she did.
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  • Abby Fennelly
    January 1, 1970
    From the first chapter, the reader understands that Annabelle once experienced a great tragedy that left her deeply traumatized. Then you discover that it was in the recent past. Then, Annabelle starts running. For me, one of the most amazing parts of this book is the way that you are taken on Annabelle's journey just by reading; as she crosses the United States on foot, discovering more and more about herself, the reader learns more and more about the tragedy that set her running in the first p From the first chapter, the reader understands that Annabelle once experienced a great tragedy that left her deeply traumatized. Then you discover that it was in the recent past. Then, Annabelle starts running. For me, one of the most amazing parts of this book is the way that you are taken on Annabelle's journey just by reading; as she crosses the United States on foot, discovering more and more about herself, the reader learns more and more about the tragedy that set her running in the first place. Integrated throughout the story are important passages that highlight the unique dangers of being a woman in today's society, and the novel as a whole does an excellent job examining the long lasting repercussions of these unique dangers, and all violence against women. Caletti's writing is impeccable, both in content and in style. The story is crafted to perfection, and I became truly engrossed in each and every character. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head, and I filled with rage. This book will make you feel, but it will also make you contemplate some very serious, very important issues. An incredible read, through and through.
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  • Tara Pressley
    January 1, 1970
    Annabelle is a girl who has experienced a trauma and the only thing that she can think to do is run. She’s a runner and she finds some solace there. She doesn’t want to ever stop running so begins a run across the country - 16 miles, a half marathon, a day.I couldn’t help but to get caught up in her journey and her terror. Again and again she reminds us how women live in fear, are never safe in the world but she doesn’t try to come up with answers. She just runs. As she points out in a speech th Annabelle is a girl who has experienced a trauma and the only thing that she can think to do is run. She’s a runner and she finds some solace there. She doesn’t want to ever stop running so begins a run across the country - 16 miles, a half marathon, a day.I couldn’t help but to get caught up in her journey and her terror. Again and again she reminds us how women live in fear, are never safe in the world but she doesn’t try to come up with answers. She just runs. As she points out in a speech that she gives, she believed that danger would be taken care of by others like adults, those in power in society but it is not.Her character is believable and engaging. That she can pull off the run across the country is hard to believe but somehow the author managed to pull me along with it. This is a book for our times and I strongly recommend it to everyone. As an adult, it was a satisfying read despite being labeled as YA. The main thing that I want to say is ‘Go Annabelle!’
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    Timely, well-written, and engaging. Deb Caletti takes us on a journey of 2,700 miles from Washington state to Washington, D.C. with Annabelle Agnelli, a teen that has experienced a tragedy. She is running to escape, possibly running to Congress for her voice to be heard, and there just seems to be no other choice. She does run cross country at school, but besides this no real preparation, as she decides to do this in a moment of panic. The reader runs along beside her finding out her story. Soon Timely, well-written, and engaging. Deb Caletti takes us on a journey of 2,700 miles from Washington state to Washington, D.C. with Annabelle Agnelli, a teen that has experienced a tragedy. She is running to escape, possibly running to Congress for her voice to be heard, and there just seems to be no other choice. She does run cross country at school, but besides this no real preparation, as she decides to do this in a moment of panic. The reader runs along beside her finding out her story. Soon to be joined by Grandpa Ed in his small silver RV. Brother Malcolm starts a GoFundMe page and her mother Gina calls usually 3 times a day. You'll also meet Dr. Mann, THE TAKER, and learn all about the HEART, really, there's heart facts that begin many of the chapters. For example, 'A cockroach heart has twelve to thirteen chambers, arranged in a row. If one fails, he barely notices.' Other facts at the heart of the story, 'A gun, always has the last word.' and 'In Japan, maybe two people a year are killed with guns.'
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars, 9th&upA year after a tragedy blew her life apart, Annabelle snaps & literally runs away from it all. Her physical & mental journey serve as a must read for teens. Highly recommended!A Heart in a Body in a World is the perfect combination of important topic & engrossing story. It contains so many topical issues, presented so well; there are no easy answers, just a push to get readers to think & question the status quo, the contrary & dangerous messages society s 4.5 stars, 9th&upA year after a tragedy blew her life apart, Annabelle snaps & literally runs away from it all. Her physical & mental journey serve as a must read for teens. Highly recommended!A Heart in a Body in a World is the perfect combination of important topic & engrossing story. It contains so many topical issues, presented so well; there are no easy answers, just a push to get readers to think & question the status quo, the contrary & dangerous messages society sends to young women, the after effects of tragedy.I wanted to hug Annabelle and her friends & family. I loved them all!This ARC was provided by Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review.Side note: grade level chosen as a result of cursing, sexual relationship between protagonist & boyfriend (happens off screen), other character gets an erection while dancing with Annabelle, etc.
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  • Jennybeast
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, so this is not my ideal genre -- emotions! boys! teen life! Contemporary stuff, no magic. That said: This is a very timely novel, about gun violence and the control of women. The tension of the story is masterfully drawn out over the course of the book -- who is Seth? Where is Kat? Is Belle going to jail? It lays out the details gradually like a line of treats. It's hard to put down, because tension, because Annabelle is a fully fleshed character who is all kinds of messed up and we don't kn Ok, so this is not my ideal genre -- emotions! boys! teen life! Contemporary stuff, no magic. That said: This is a very timely novel, about gun violence and the control of women. The tension of the story is masterfully drawn out over the course of the book -- who is Seth? Where is Kat? Is Belle going to jail? It lays out the details gradually like a line of treats. It's hard to put down, because tension, because Annabelle is a fully fleshed character who is all kinds of messed up and we don't know if she can/will heal. A tiny thing that vaguely troubled me:I am a Seattle-ite. I LOVED all the local details that are spot on (there are many, many). Greenwood Market closed in 2012, so that stood out as a jarring detail. Advanced reader's copy provided by Edelweiss.
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  • Tara Kenny
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc copy of this in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars. After all the hype I wanted to love this book. But in the end I found the read tedious. I am a runner myself, so some of the scenes and their inaccuracies grated on my nerves. But what I found most disappointing was ‘the tragedy’ the author was trying to give snippets about without revealing until the end. This was done in such a poor fashion that the story itself and made the writing amateurish.
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    Annabelle is running across country, trying to forget a tragedy. The tragic incident is a mystery which hooked me to keep reading. As the story slowly unraveled, I become immersed. This is a powerful book about a young woman who must come to terms with the unthinkable. It is also a well-worded warning about our lax gun laws. I hope this will be a YA book which finds a large audience among adult readers, too.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely stunning. The care that went into crafting this story mirrors the healing process that any trauma survivor will find aching familiar. There’s anguish and guilt, but an immense hopefulness that kept me reading late into the night. This is a powerhouse of a novel with a powerful message that never feels like a sermon thanks to the raw, wholly real prose and the strength and depth of the characters.
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  • Carrie Shaurette
    January 1, 1970
    This was a little hard to get into at the start and I found the transitions between present and past to be a bit jarring. What a shame because I really liked the idea behind this book, particularly the exploration of the way young females are taught to be "nice" in order to avoid hurt feelings. This definitely got better as it went along and the ending was particularly strong.
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  • Vanessa K Phan
    January 1, 1970
    I was skeptical of this book in the first chapter, especially since I knew nothing about it, but oh my god this book BLEW MY MIND.I stayed up into the wee hours of the night to read this book because I was so hooked and man, I feel so lucky to have received an ARC of this at BookCon. I'll be reviewing this book at some point later on BookTube, but jeez. This book is amazing.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Annabelle wants to outrun “all creepiness, all powerlessness, all moments where you feel your fate in someone else’s hands.” In this beautiful book she runs and runs and runs... and she learns how to keep going and keep loving and keep hoping despite horrific trauma. A powerful read.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10xMe...Annabelle needed to run. She needed to run away from her life in Seattle, she needed to run away from what her future holds, and she needed to run away from the violent event that forever changed her. Annabelle sets off to run from Washington state to Washington D.C. and try to move on from what happened to her but during her journey she will not only come to turns with her past but she will take her first steps into her f For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10xMe...Annabelle needed to run. She needed to run away from her life in Seattle, she needed to run away from what her future holds, and she needed to run away from the violent event that forever changed her. Annabelle sets off to run from Washington state to Washington D.C. and try to move on from what happened to her but during her journey she will not only come to turns with her past but she will take her first steps into her future.I was surprised by this book. I have always had a mixed to reaction to this author's books but I found myself really sucked into "A Heart in a Body in the World". Annabelle's journey and the story of what she went through rang very true. She is suffering and unsure of how to deal with it while living in a very unsure world. Her grief is well crafted and so very believable. The entire book feel like something that not only could happen but something that probably has happened. Plus, I greatly appreciated the message about finding strength within yourself even if you don't believe that it exists. I highly recommend this one especially for teen girls.I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Erin Cogburn
    January 1, 1970
    This story drew me in from the start. The narration grabs you and doesn’t let go. Annabelle Agnelli is haunted by a recent tragedy, and as she journeys across the US on foot, her story is slowly explained. We see her begin to let go of guilt and embrace hope again.
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  • KHill
    January 1, 1970
    If there was a rating higher than five stars, this book would get it. Too powerful for me to put into words just after finishing it, and I already want everyone in my life to read it. Definitely one to check out as soon as you can!
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A heart in a body in the world is a truly inspirational and devastating story about a young girl just trying to do what she thinks is right. I adored this book and couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! I can’t wait for the world to hear Annabelle’s story
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  • Bickering Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10xMe...3.5 Rating: A well written book about dealing with the aftermath of a violent event. We received advanced reader copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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