A Heart In A Body In The World by Deb Caletti | Book Review

A Heart In A Body In The World is the third book I’ve read by Deb Caletti. It is also the third book of hers that I have given five stars to. I think this means I need to just read ALL of her books ever. For once I am kind of glad that the Netgalley version of this book was one that would not download in Kindle format. I was forced to read it sooner rather than later (thank you expiring ePub formats, thanks a whole lot). In all honesty though, I am still reeling at this book and how much it made me think AND feel.

A Heart In A Body In The World is about a girl named Annabelle Agnelli. One day, Annabelle is at this burger joint, some guy has just made a rude comment to her. She decides to run from Seattle, where she is, to Washington DC. It is for a cause though. At the end, there’s Seth Greggory – who is a politician – if I am recalling correctly. She’s got something to say. What ends up happening is Annabelle’s grandfather follows along with her journey in his RV while she runs cross country and begins to heal from this tragedy that happened. This book is such a startling look at acute trauma and well, healing. I LOVED it.

Annabelle is probably one of my favorite sorts of main characters. She’s just so ordinary at first – yet she does something extraordinary. She’s empowered, ya know? Anyways. We get to know Annabelle as she is prior to the incident. We meet a girl who is on the track team – she runs cross country. She also works in a bakery after school. Her best friend is a girl named Kat. She had this boyfriend named Will. Annabelle is well liked and is in advanced classes. She has this amazing family. Granted, her parents are divorced and her dad ended up moving to Boston to become a Catholic priest. Still, she is just so interesting to read about because of her ordinary sort of life. Anyways, Annabelle and Will break up. There is a new guy in her classes, who is only referred to as the Taker.

At first, Annabelle is nice to him because she has been raised in a culture where she has been taught to do that. However, she keeps trying so hard to give him vibes that they are just friends and she is not interested in anything more. But well, he just will not listen. Annabelle is increasingly uncomfortable with him. Still, he sits at her lunch table and next to her in class. He keeps trying to take more and more from her. Annabelle, taught by our culture that this is acceptable goes along with it – sort of. She trusts that things will turn out okay. How very, very wrong she is. And well, I can’t say more because I don’t want to spoil A Heart In A Body In The World. Just believe me that you will be thinking about and discussing this book should you choose to read it.

Overall, I think that this book could potentially be triggering as there are guns involved. There is death involved. Also, there’s an unhealthy relationship. If those things do not trigger you though, what you’ll get is an extremely well written book. The message definitely resonates in a time of #MeToo. I just cannot recommend or praise this book enough. And well, I wish all my Deb Caletti books were not in storage because I ABSOLUTELY want to dive right into what are likely to be more five star reads right now.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I haven’t read a Caletti yet, but I’ve heard great things. This one definitely sounds like my kind of read, so thanks for the suggestion.

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