When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?
So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her.
Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.
Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come.
Praise for A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD
“Masterful… This is one for the ages.” ―Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay
“Caletti’s novel dazzlingly maps the mind-blowing ferocity and endurance of an athlete who uses her physical body to stake claim to the respect of the nation.” ―E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of Genuine Fraud and We Were Liars
“More than bittersweet… It will nestle inside your brain as well as your heart.” ―Jodi Lynn Anderson, award-winning author of Midnight at the Electric
“Remarkable.” ―Booklist, starred review
“A timely novel.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Powerful.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A moving novel centered on timely issues.” ―School Library Journal
Review: I really enjoyed reading about running and marathons as they aren’t really popular in YA. There were also neat facts about hearts in the beginning of each chapter (I’m thinking Annabelle was writing them in a journal) that were pretty fascinating. The book was pretty well paced but there were a couple times where I felt the pacing had slowed down. I don’t know if this is just a thing in contemporary books but you don’t really find out what happened that caused Annabelle to run in the first place until the end which if you don’t have patience may cause you to DNF the book. I’m glad I stuck it out though because the revelation was HUGE and unexpected but I should’ve seen it coming.
I liked Annabelle and her family, they weren’t perfect but they loved and supported each other. Annabelle herself was likeable and her determination to run was admirable. I loved that her determination wavered at one point and her friends and family lift her up and push her to keep going, it was the best scene of the entire book. I didn’t really like the ship in the book, it felt rushed and didn’t click at all for me. All in all the plot was great, the writing was superb, and the overall book was super entertaining. (That ending killed me!)
Rating: 4 stars
Recommendation: Contemporary and sports fans ages 15 and up
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include The Nature of Jade, Stay, The Last Forever, Essential Maps for the Lost, and Honey, Baby Sweetheart, winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include He’s Gone, The Secrets She Keeps, and her most recent release, What’s Become of Her.
Deb grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and now lives with her family in Seattle.
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ENDS: OCTOBER 8, 2018