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Book Review - "Heartbones"

This book was one that has been sitting waiting for me to read for quite some time. I was drawn to it given that I really have enjoyed all of Colleen Hoover's other books. I took it to the hospital with me for after our surrogate babe was delivered and it was super easy to read- even with nurses coming and going and postpartum cloudiness.

This is a story about a girl, Beyah, who has not had the easiest life. Her upbringing has been full of rejection, poverty, and neglect. Early on the intensity of this and the implications it has on her life is obvious. She tires her absolute best to keep some 'normalcy' with working, school, playing volleyball, etc. despite her home and mother's life crumbling around her.

Beyah quickly finds herself packing up all her belongings into one backpack and moving on to a better life. She is escaping the familiarity of her hometown and mother and moving to live with her father. He has been mostly absent her whole childhood and lives a completely different life than what she is used to. When she first arrives she meets her step sister which she didn't know she had and step mother and is unsure what her summer will hold.

Through her step sister she meets a neighbor boy, Samson. They are instantly drawn to one another but with only two months of summer before Beyah plans to leave her dad's house for college she promised herself that she didn't want to get involved in anything. She has forged her own path forward despite her difficult upbringing and has big plans with a volleyball scholarship to move onwards and upwards from her past.

Samson and Beyah find themselves spending all their time together. They soon start realizing they have more similarities than they could have ever thought despite having nothing in common on the exterior. There is no denying their feelings and the deep connection they share but they must decide what that means for their summer and future as both of them plan to leave at the end of the summer.

I liked this book, however, I would say I felt like it ended abruptly and I wish there was more. The entire book had so much detail and depth and the ending was only a single chapter long. In my opinion there was not enough detail to conclude Beyah and Samson's story. It was definitely my least favorite Colleen Hoover book that I have read this far- although it certainly was not bad. Like many of her other books this one was hard to put down. I so appreciated the story, depth and vulnerability it shared about life and differences.

Overall I would rate it 3.5/5 stars.

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Maria Elizabeth

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