Parents' Guide to

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid teen romance with smart, artsy heroes.

Book Jenn Bennett Romance 2015
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Decent story, too sexy for 3* sex rating

I read this book after my 13 year old daughter did, and before I found the common sense media site/ratings. I am fine with my daughter(s) reading books that have dating and even kissing. However, this book has a lot of mature topics. The main female character is always thinking about sex, and the sex scene(s) are quite graphic. Terms such as "You feel fantastic," "I've fantasized about you in every way," "he boldly cupped my breast," "running a thumb over my nipple," "he stiffened against my hip," "we began pulling off each other's clothes," "the dark trail of hair leading too..." "I'm going to rip if off of you in a second if it won't," "by the time we got the rest of our clothes off, he was more than confident," "we took a shower together and tried to have superhot sex standing up," "but after another round of sex in a very interesting position he'd learned in his book," Basically more than an entire chapter is completely about sex, whether they're talking about it or doing it. Although I am not naive and I don't try to shelter my child, I don't think this book is appropriate for a 13 year old. I am glad I found this site for future books, however I can't "unread" that book for my daughter. I would have preferred her to be a bit older before reading details about teens having "our night of spectacular sex" or "some quickie afternoon delight." The 3* sex content descriptions for other books don't seem quite as graphic as this book - I'm wondering what would actually make a book a 4 or a 5 rating in that area.

Is It Any Good?

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Veteran author Jenn Bennett's YA debut introduces an engaging, quirky heroine whom teens will enjoy rooting for as she navigates the thrills and confusion of her first serious relationship. Romance fans will sigh right along with Beatrix at swoon-worthy Jack, and they'll easily relate to the ups and downs of her life on the verge of big changes. Author Bennett also touches on art and its place in society, and although this is not deeply explored, it will provide teens with food for thought.

The plot moves along well, and the sights and moods of San Francisco are ably evoked. It's a solidly written, enjoyable story but lacks a real spark or fine touch that could elevate it above the romance genre.

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