- File Size: 580 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Publisher: Inkspell Publishing (December 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017VM7250
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The cover and the unusual title were the first things that attracted my attention towards this book and then the interesting blurb sealed the deal for me.
The plot is simple and yet the author has implemented it beautifully. Intriguing the readers right from the start the book takes us on a journey of the ups and downs faced by the teenager heroine who is struggling in finding her identity and caught up in some usual and some unusual dramas that seem so life threatening when we are teenagers.
I loved Joss and her mom who are both strong characters, headstrong and stubborn. Joss' inquisitiveness regarding her Indian father and her mother's attempt at trying to protect her daughter from making the mistakes she made when she was her age are both sweet and then frustrating.
The story is well paced and develops seamlessly. It is moving, surprising and a story many of us can relate to.
All in all, a lovely experience, I enjoyed reading Heart in a Box and give it 4 out of 5. Recommended to all readers looking for a different type of story that teaches as well as hooks.
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Although Joss has a pretty good life with her mom and, for the most part, they work well together, as a person she feels very incomplete and unsure of who she is. Her mother has refused, repeatedly and without concession, to tell Joss virtually anything about her father. She pretty much knows only that they met when her mother was in India, he was an artist of some sort, he was never involved in the pregnancy or her life, and that he died when she was very young. These are the barest of bare facts, and, quite rightly, Joss feels she deserves much more explanation from her mother. The story centers on Joss’ navigating the waters at the new public school, quite different from the swanky private school she used to attend; making friends and finding a boyfriend; and setting on a quest to find out whatever she can about her father, in hopes of therefore finding out more about herself.
I really enjoyed reading Joss’ story, and I sympathized with her greatly. I do not know what it is like to be of mixed race, but I could really feel her angst at not knowing where she fit in, whether the Indian girls at school would find her “Indian enough” or “too white.” Ms. Stine did a great job of conveying her struggle to find her place, especially considering she knows next to nothing about her father. I can only imagine that never knowing one of your parents would have a massive impact on your own sense of self, and that is certainly what we find with Joss. Joss also has to navigate the same tricky paths we all come across as teens, namely, whether she should commit to the boy she’s been crushing on or “play the field,” how far she feels comfortable going sexually with a boyfriend, whether she should drink alcohol or try any sort of drugs, and the overarching question with all of these issues: how will she be seen by her peers depending on which of these paths she takes - and does she really care what anyone else thinks?
Ms. Stine did a wonderful job of putting me back in the high school frame of mind, reminding me of my own struggles with these questions and my own journey to find out who I was. Although my situation and my journey was very different from Joss’, it is clear that we all navigate some fundamentally similar minefields and, hopefully, come out the other side feeling confident in ourselves and the choices we’ve made. I found Heart in a Box to be a very heartwarming, positive story that was also edgy and real. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading YA fiction, especially if you like a good contemporary read! *4 stars*
NOTE: I participated in the blog tour for this book. Thank you to the publisher for the complimentary copy of this novel for purposes of an honest review. My rating and review have not been influenced by the fact that I received this e-book for free.
Joss is an extremely likable main character, with an interesting and touching story to tell. The author gives us an insight into the Nordic, Indian, Puerto Rican, and Russian cultures through the cast of ethnically-diverse characters, each of which could have a book of their own (hint, hint, Catherine); I'd love to learn more about William, Katya, Leela, and Trenton, as we are only given a glimpse of them through Joss' eyes. The author maintains a nice balance between sentiment and humor throughout, and the cute chapter titles add to the quirky charm of this book.
Charming and heart-warming, "Heart in a Box" will leave you wanting more.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
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