The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Solid teen romance with smart, artsy heroes.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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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.

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