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A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb…

A Heart in a Body in the World (edition 2018)

by Deb Caletti (Author)

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Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.
Title:A Heart in a Body in the World
Authors:Deb Caletti (Author)
Info:Simon Pulse (2018), 368 pages
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A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti


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Gripping tale of life after loss and tragedy. ( )
  kimpiddington | Jan 21, 2021 |
Anyone who has ever read one of Deb Caletti's novels knows that they are going to read something spectacular and highly relevant to modern society. This is especially true of her young adult novels. In A Heart in a Body in the World, Ms. Caletti channels all of the confusion, guilt, and fear associated with being a young woman in a society that sends extremely mixed messages about women. She does so in a way that will tear your heart and shines a light on your own fears and confusion.

When Annabelle makes the decision to run across the country, from Seattle to DC, you know she is not only running away from something but towards something equally painful. Her journey is not only her path towards redemption and acceptance but also one of punishment. As any journey tends to do, Annabelle not only learns about herself but also learns more about society and the same fear and confusion that fills her with such dread.

However, Annabelle's story is one only she can tell. For me to give anything away would be to undermine Ms. Caletti's careful construction. You need to experience Annabelle's emotions as she wrestles with them and feel her fatigue as she struggles to continue her journey. As you do, you find yourself ruminating about similar experiences and must also come to terms with what it means to be a woman in this day and age.

As always, Ms. Caletti's words loudly resonate with the reader. It does not matter that her heroine is eighteen years old. Ms. Caletti knows exactly what it feels like to enter a world where men consider beautiful women to be their right and property and where young women first learn of the unspoken "fine line" between flirting and "leading men on".

Annabelle's journey brings about many emotions, the least of which are the ones she feels. And therein lies Ms. Caletti's skill as a writer. A Heart in a Body in the World is one more example of how carefully Ms. Caletti highlights the issues with society and its impact on young women just learning to navigate its perils. If you have not done so already, Ms. Caletti is an author you must read. ( )
  jmchshannon | Dec 30, 2020 |
How can you go on after a tragedy? How can your heart bear it? After an incident at a restaurant that reminds Annabelle of a horrible event in her near past, she takes off running. Literally, she runs across the country. Along the way she struggles with her body, emotions, memories, and other people's expectations. But when she allows herself to get angry...she becomes powerful.

"It's a harrowing adrenaline blend, being fearless and afraid at the same time." p. 93
"It's hard to be all that you can be on carrot sticks and criticism." p. 94
"Music and books stir up emotions. They make feelings rise up and clatter and wreck, and sometimes that's dangerous. But music can make you rise up and clatter and destroy when you need to, too" p. 157

4.5 stars ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
"Then... Annabelle's life wasn't perfect, but it was full...full of friends, family, love. And a boy...whose attention Annabelle found flattering and unsettling all at once. Until that attention intensified.
Now... Annabelle is running. Running from the pain and the tragedy of the past year. With only Grandpa Ed and the journal she fills with words she can't speak out loud, Annabelle runs from Seattle to Washington D.C., and toward a destination she doesn't understand but is determined to reach. With every beat of heart, every stride of her feet, Annabelle steps closer to healing--and the strength she discovers within herself to let love and hope back into her life. Annabelle's journey is the ultimate testament to the human heart, and how it goes on after being broken. " - back cover summary
Aspects of the book I really enjoyed: the NW Washington setting, even details of Roosevelt High, the rest of the Puget Sound area (a few insider digs at Bellevue "East siders") and the geography of this young woman's journey across the U.S.
The Italian American aspects of Annabelle's family & the warmth /cheer of each member
The reality of a long distance runner's physical challenges and brutal realities - way beyond blisters!
Annabelle's voice - so real it hurt
Aspects of the book that were difficult or alternately annoying...but sometimes built suspense:
the unknown nature of Annabelle's "crisis"- her emoting in the beginning chapters make the reader uneasy, but few clues are given -feels like a gimmick
the "Taker" and his identity is dealt whit in such a coy manner; it was a relief to finally match a name to him by second half of book
the flashbacks - stopping at just a very specific moment - so you cannot get complete understanding of her specific episode/memory from the recent past
Nevertheless, when I gave it the time to read in a couple long chunks to the end - wow. It was such a warm hearted and sympathetic story - you're rooting for the protagonist, Annabelle, and all her "team" by the end.
Fans of A.S. King or Hopkins or Laurie H Anderson (Gayle Forman writes one of the key endorsements) will appreciate this - an Evergreen Bk Award nominee of 2020. ( )
  BDartnall | Oct 12, 2020 |
Well this was intense! ( )
  j_tuffi | May 30, 2020 |
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