A Heart in A Body in the World

A Heart in A Body in the World

Book - 2018
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Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2018
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781481415200
Call Number: TEEN F CALE
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm


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JCLJohnK Aug 16, 2019

This book is beautiful. It's powerful. It's wise. It's unflinching. It's an honest examination of grief and the aftermath of tragedy. It also portrays the experience of being a young woman in our current world in a deeply affecting and empathetic way. This is an important work.

May 18, 2019


IndyPL_AnnaL May 09, 2019

This is one of the best teen books I have read in a long time. Annabelle begins her journey to run across America. She is running for a reason, and we find out why through multiple flashbacks. Annabelle has been through a traumatic experience and is trying to deal with it by doing something positive for herself, but it turns out she inspires the whole world.

JCLMeganK Mar 18, 2019

Annabelle's story is one of fiction, but I wouldn't have been surprised if it was a real story. Running across the country from Seattle to DC-2,700 miles- helps Annabelle process a traumatic event that rocked a community, and figure out how to accept support from the people that love her.

While this book centers around a specific type of trauma in Annabelle's life, the emotions she feels as a result are something anyone that has experienced trauma can relate to.
Annabelle struggles with guilt, and the idea that she should have known, she should have seen the warning signs before The Taker exploded. The reader is asked to face what they would have done in Annabelle's situation, and questions why this is such an issue in our society today. I loved this book because it serves as a powerful reminder that there may be support where you least expect to find it. Annabelle learns to find her voice, share her story and empower a nation all while learning her heart is stronger than she believed.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 23, 2019

If it's possible to both think a book is incredibly powerful and moving and necessary, and also never want to read it ever again as soon as you're done, then that's how I feel about this one. This was devastating -- I found myself wanting to stop reading the deeper into the book I got, as the pieces of Annabelle's trauma were put together through flashbacks, but the writing is so compelling that I had to continue to the end. It's an easy read in that it's totally engrossing and page-turning, but an incredibly difficult one in that it's heartbreaking and maddening, too. It is also, ultimately, hopeful and empowering, and features an incredibly well-developed cast of secondary characters that were worth the many tears I shed in the book's closing chapters. Put this book in the hands of every teenager you know.

Nov 28, 2018

I'm decades (many) older than Annabelle Agnelli, but I couldn't put this book down as I identified with every emotion she felt, especially her vulnerability as a young woman, as she runs to try to recover from real trauma. I kept wondering "What happened? What's going to happen with Annabelle? Please, please get me to the ending!" And we don't find out what happened until almost the end, when I was in tears. This book simply has to be read!
There are also fascinating chapter headings about the heart that are simply amazing.

Sep 01, 2018

Annabelle is a girl who has experienced a trauma and the only thing that she can think to do is run. She’s a runner and she finds some solace there. She doesn’t want to ever stop running so begins a run across the country - 16 miles, a half marathon, a day.

I couldn’t help but to get caught up in her journey and her terror. Again and again she reminds us how women live in fear, are never safe in the world but she doesn’t try to come up with answers. She just runs. As she points out in a speech that she gives, she believed that danger would be taken care of by others like adults, those in power in society but it is not.

Her character is believable and engaging. That she can pull off the run across the country is hard to believe but somehow the author managed to pull me along with it. This is a book for our times and I strongly recommend it to everyone. As an adult, it was a satisfying read despite being labeled as YA.


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