How to build a heart was gifted to me by Algonquin young readers publishing house via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: How to Build a Heart
Author: Maria Padian
Publication Date: 28 January 2020
Genre: young adult contemporary
Rating: 4 STARS
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.
Heading into this story I wasn’t exactly sure what I was expecting but I was really excited to start reading.
How to build a heart deals with some heavy topics such as mental health, racism, death of a parent, abuse and privilege.
Our main character Izzy is such a lovable and relatable and I really loved following her story. Although Izzy does make some mistakes throughout this story you can’t help but love her. We have all made mistakes trying to fit in and find our place in this world.
How to build a heart is a very poignant story that has many themes included in this story such as friendship, family dynamics, racism, death, grief, poverty and so much more.
Our main characters friend Roz was not a very nice person. Although she went though a lot and had a tough time that did not excuse her for the things that she did in this story. Even though she does some pretty bad things they don’t get spoken about or discussed which I wasn’t a huge fan off.
How to build a heart was a really amazing story full of powerful themes but didn’t blow me away and because of the previous issue this was a four star read for me and I would highly recommend to anyone who has ever felt lost or want to read a book about POC characters dealing with some pretty serious issues.
About the Author
I’m a reader and an author: not a critic or a reviewer! I believe in the power of stories. So while I definitely have my opinions about the things I read, my primary goal is to share great books and promote literature, which is one of my great, abiding passions.
That said, I’m no longer going to affix stars to the books I read. I’ll offer a comment or two, and maybe if I’m deliriously in love and can’t contain my excitement I color in five of those stars … but as a creator of stories I well know what goes into writing a book, and can’t possible assign a “number” to anyone’s work. I’m in awe of anyone brave enough to put it out there. Carry on!
To learn more about the books I’ve written, visit my website at http://www.mariapadian.com