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Review: How to Build a Heart


Title:How to Build A Heart

Author: Maria Padian

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads: All sixteen-year-old Izzy Crawford wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. Her father, a marine, died in Iraq six years ago, and Izzy’s moved to a new town nearly every year since, far from the help of her extended family in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. When Izzy’s hardworking mom moves their small family to Virginia, all her dreams start clicking into place. She likes her new school—even if Izzy is careful to keep her scholarship-student status hidden from her well-to-do classmates and her new athletic and popular boyfriend. And best of all: Izzy’s family has been selected by Habitat for Humanity to build and move into a brand-new house. Izzy is this close to the community and permanence she’s been searching for, until all the secret pieces of her life begin to collide.

My Review: This was a really lovely story that drew me in and connected me really well to each of the characters. I felt like the issues portrayed in this book are ones that most teens will connect to and that they can find some comfort in this book. That being said the book did have a couple of flaws. It was a bit too predictable and full of a few too many tropes that I feel like I've read a thousand times. That didn't stop me from enjoying the book but it did take my rating down a star. I would still certainly recommend this book!

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*


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