Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.
Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
★★★★★ (5 stars)
An Owl is a bus for night wanderers, party goers and even lost souls.
Now, meet Beatrix, a girl with a peculiar interest in illustrating human anatomy on paper. She is so fond of it that she decided to enter a contest that will win her a bright future by drawing actual cadavers. But that wouldn’t be easy for our young heroine.
Dishearted by the failure of her numerous attempt to gain permission to view and draw an actual cadaver, one late night, she came aboard the Owl for a ride home, the place where she meets Jack.
Now, meet Jack, our very mysterious hero who is gorgeous enough to make a girl swoon. But that isn’t the point of it. Jack is the most wanted graffiti artist who vandalizes some of the parts of San Francisco for a cause. Yes, you heard me right, he does it for someone with a cause.
Crossing paths that night, these two lovebirds begins to unravel each others secrets and learn that life, has so much more to offer, making it truly worth the risk.
- This book is very light to read. It doesn’t involve too much drama but it still has that depth to it, making the whole thing interesting to read.
- Beatrix and Jack are not your typical couple. Jack is extremely hot, yes, but that doesn’t make him the most fearless guy ever nor the character who is the most hurt. He is innocent and fun to be with, well, according to the narration of Bex. Bex on the other hand is the type who never gives up. She is a very strong willed girl who knows and gets what she wants. These characteristics makes each of these characters interesting. They balance out each other’s traits perfectly making them something that is not so typical.
- It has a positive view on sex. I really do credit the author for making this part so witty. Sex is one of my pet peeves when it comes to Young Adult books. Why? Because the characters are too young to have sex with anyone. But it’s totally different with this novel. The topic on sex is very well defined, making me laugh rather than making me cringe.
- If you are not a fan of insta-love, then, I won’t recommend this novel to you. As I was reading the first few chapters of the book, I noticed how the characters developed into something more than just friends in just a span of days. It is not a surprise though given of how good looking Jack is and how interesting Beatrix is. But despite those characteristics, I found their love story a little bit rushed.
- Jack is well, a stalker. Not in a bad way though, but also, not in a good way. If you have problems with male protagonists being a stalker, then, this novel is definitely not for you.
This book has two different titles and two different cover arts. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is the title given for those books published in the US and Night Owls for those in the UK.
In case you’re curious of how the US version looks like, here is a picture.
Which cover do you think is better?
Now, before I end this review, I want to greet you all a Merry Merry Christmas. It has been a wonderful year meeting all of you. Thank you for the love and support guys! (laughs)
Anyways, this book is one of my most extraordinary reads this year. With its interesting characters and unique plot, this story is surely one of my most recommended.
Until my next book review guys! (waves)