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Heart on My Sleeve

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  666 ratings  ·  81 reviews
"I'm not picking Cartwright just because I met Julian there. For all I know he'll change his mind and not even go! Although that would be a shame because I want him to be the father of my firstborn child. KIDDING! :-}"

While on a college visit, Chloe meets Julian, another prospective freshman, and infatuated, the two high school seniors begin a long-distance relationship.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 29th 2004)
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The entire book is a series of emails, handwritten letters, and online chats, which at times gets a little annoying. Instead of looking at the cheat sheet at the beginning with the email addresses and names, I usually scanned the email for the salutations and signatures to figure out who was talking. There are quite a cast of characters, but the main focus is Chloe and her flame of one 1/2 day visit to her future college, Julian. This book is a great lesson in you can be who you want to be onlin ...more
Payton D
I just finished this book, and let me tell ya.. If you are a student who loves drama and romance, this book is for you. I can honestly say there is nothing I dislike about this book. I really enjoy the fact that it is written in email and letter format. Writing books like that really makes a reader intrigued.

Another thing kept me into this book was the fact that I am a high school student. I love reading books about others my age, even if it's fictional! It's sort of inspiring when you read a bo
I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed Hard Love, mostly because I felt the epistolary style of it (and Chloe's hippie-dippy folk music crap) was so contrived; the only character I really bought in this story was Chloe's older sister Genevieve, struggling with coming out to her perfect heterosexual family and struggling with losing the first love of her life. But Genevieve's a dream of a character, and she kept me going through most of Chloe's insipid teenage angst, which is why it gets three ...more
Feb 03, 2008 Christine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens who are about to go away to college
"You're only 18. You're allowed to flit from one person to another, at least for awhile. That's what college is for. That's how you figure out the kind of person you want to be with for a long time."

This modern epistolary novel (told through emails and IMs) tells the story of Chloe and Julian, two high school seniors, and their friends & family. I thought it was a bit gimmicky at first, what with the fake email thing, but it was get to see how people act differently when wr
Samara Landau
This book is brilliant. The fact that it was written through letters created a sort of disconnectedness from the characters. You didn't seem to know them as well and personally as you would in another book. However, this was brilliant because they didn't seem to know themselves either. By this fact they all slowly learned communication is sometimes a funny thing, and what you think you know isn't what is really there-especially communicating online. Also, it really taught you that you need to kn ...more
Unexpectedly addictive.
It was extremely interesting to read this book! The whole story is told via emails, IMs, letters, notes and postcards. This book really made me want to send a letter to someone, too bad I did not figure out for who.

Chloe is an aspiring musician who loves folk music. On her weekend trip to her new college she meets Julian, a little shy but nice guy with an amazing voice. After their weekend together Julian and Chloe start up an relationship by emailing and sending letters to each other. Through t
Genevieve Dazet
I adore YA Lit. I think it's come a very long way since even I was a kid (although it's been argued that Catcher in the Rye would have been a YA novel had it been released in the 21st century), but even if it hadn't come a long way, I'd still love it. *Especially* in epistolary form!

If a book is classified as epistolary fiction, I am far more likely to read it (if it isn't already within a genre I'm comfortable with). Something about feeling like I'm nosing into people's lives a little more (eve
Jenny Zheng
2. Heart on My Sleeve: Ellen Wittlinger
Chloe Gillespie, a senior in high school, ready for Cartwright and the absolute college life. She had an ordinary life: Family and best friends, Eli and Kate. What's better? After a visit to Cartwright, she meets Julian, another freshmen that has a brilliant voice. These two seniors of high school do not realized their long distance relationship until they find themselves constantly emailing each other.
Boom, bad news comes, Chloe finds herself kind of fa
Talia Castro
Tjis book is abt a girl named Chloe who meets this guy, Julian, at a college visit weekend in Connecticut. Chloe lives in Massachusetts and Julian lives in Florida, but that doesn't stop them from forming a close friendship over email. Chloe thinks she's falling in love, and Julian even sends her a dozen roses --- which wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't arrived as Chloe and her boyfriend Eli were having their pictures taken for their senior prom!

So everything in Chloe's life gets kind of crazy a
Mar 19, 2008 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: camp
I thought the author handled the crux--the relationship between Chloe and Julian--really well. But there were parts that were anachronistic--I don't think I could be convinced that modern freshman roommates are ever going to care that they have matching bedspreads, or that a 20-year-old would refer to her girlfriend as her "lover". And parts of the coming-out story didn't ring true to me; I thought all the teenagers reacted too strongly, and it seems odd to me that Chloe, folk music junkie, woul ...more
-from inside flap-

During a weekend at Cartwright College for prospective freshmen to get to know the school, Chloe meets Julian, and they hit it off. Chloe is thrilled that when she starts school in the fall, she'll have a boyfriend there. The problem is, she can't tell Eli, the boy she's sort of going with but thinks of more as a brother.

In a novel told exclusively through e-mail, instant messages, letter, notes, and post-cards, award-winning author Ellen Wittlinger looks at how important commu
Savannah Smith
Synopsis-This is a script about a girl named Chloe who is leaving for college. When she goes to tour her college she meets a boy that is the sweetest thing to her. They keep in touch after they meet but Chloe still has a boyfriend. She goes through struggles trying to figure out she wants to tell her boyfriend she just wants to be friends and go to college with the boy she met.

Classification-This book would fit teens and adults. Maybe some kids that are older and mature. This book would really
Sarah Clark
Chloe is a senior in high school: she has a good family, a good boyfriend, and good friends. But when she meets Julian at a prospective student weekend at a college, life begins to change.

Told through emails and (!) handwritten letters, this book seems woefully out of date, though it's less than a decade old. More importantly, the characters feel so real that they are boring and uninteresting. Chloe is an aspiring singer-songwriter who titles her emails with folk songs, which is supremely irrit
This was one of those books where I didn't want to put it down. I think every time that I turned to the next page I kept getting more and more intrigued with it.I'm not the type of person to be interested in these types of books but I really enjoyed it.
Katrina Knittle
The whole book is of emails, handwritten letters, and online chats. There were moments to when the writing format got a little annoying. There are quite a few many of characters, but the main one was Chloe. I liked the concept of this book it was interesting.
Ellen Wittlinger is an author who is not afraid to tackle hard issues that face teenagers today. Her books Hard Love and Razzle attest to that, and so does her new novel Heart on my Sleeve, (which is one of those epistolary novels that pop up now and again). Chloe's life is hardly rough -- she's going to a private college next fall, she has opportunities to showcase her musical talent, and she's got a great sister and a nice boyfriend. But she does meet someone who seems to be her soul mate at a ...more
3.5 stars. Epistolary novel written in e-mails, letters, etc. High school senior Chloe falls in love and communicates with him. Deeper subjects than most YA books.
Jan 22, 2009 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
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A great story of a girl and a boy from two completly different states and up bringing. About a lonnnnnnnggggggg summer, full of romance, marriage, love, friendship, excepting a loved ones sexual preference and all of this was shown in this book just by the emails, IM conversations and letters of the characters Chloe, Julian and Eli.

A very well written book in which I would have never guessed the ending. I was very shocked by it, because the I wasn't even able to guess what one of th
horrible format

annoying plot

annoying characters

biased perspectives

ugh. 2 because it taught me some lessons about online relationships
Chloe and Julian met and hit it off at a pre-freshman college orientation. Both are singers, although Chloe is more folk-y and Julian does musical theatre (yay!). The book covers their correspondence with each other and their parents, sisters and friends and all their changing relationships.

This book is done in emails, instant messages and letters. Sometimes I don't like this, but Ellen Wittlinger did it well. Although the IM shorthand was driving me crazy. gr8? 2dA? Any energy that might have b
This book talks about how Chloe fell in love with Julian.They sent e-mail and letters, cards to each other. They were both trying to go to college. Chloe had a sister who was at college and she gave her good ideas about how to handle boys and lovers situations. Everyone was also getting ready for prom and graduation. Chloe had a decision whether too break up with his old boyfriend, Eli, who knew nothing about the relationship going on between Julian and Chloe. Julian also seemed as a nice guy an ...more
Karyn Johnson
This book was really different from the other books I have read. It was in an e-mail and letter format. It turned out to be one of the books I actually took an interest to. From this book I learned, not to think you know someone too well just by one meeting. Also to not change your life for someone besides yourself. You should want to change because YOU want to change and only if it's for the better not the worst. You should think before you act, because if you do or say something you regret, yo ...more
This YA book is written using correspondence between the main character and her friends and family (email, letter, IM). Chloe is just graduating from high school and she is looking forward to going to college. She has to deal with leaving her friends, possibly breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, and a surprising secret about her older sister. On top of that, she has met an attractive new guy. The author does a good job of describing life changes that occur when someone starts a new chapter ...more
This book, written in email, letter, and instant messaging format, has an interesting plot in which you get to see from every character's perspective (everything is written in first person). It allows you to think about each character's life and how they all seem to somehow link to one big plot. Some of the themes in this story are love, homosexuality, friendship, family, music, and school. I think this is a fun, quick read; it makes a very good time-passing material.
I don't know if I really liked this book. The email/IM/letters format was interesting, but I think it actually took away from the story, which didn't end up to have much of a plot. I just felt like I was hearing so many people's problems at once that they just couldn't really come together. And everything just sort of fizzled out at the end.

Not to mention that I felt like I was sticking my nose into somebody's life, instead of sticking my nose into a book.
Deja Turner
When I first got this book, I thought it was similar to my relation problem that I had a while ago. This book wasn't what I intended it to be and I wasn't a fan of it. The way the story was written in e-mail form was cool way to read, but the story was boring and I couldn't quite relate like I thought I would. I didn't relate as much because I dont play any insturments and I'm not in college. I didn't like this book and it didn't keep my attention.
love the way it was written in emails, ims and letters. great coming of age story.
Wendy Lu
It was depressingly realistic, that life's topsy turvy and never works out the way you want it to. Life DOESN'T give you closure like a good book does. Life DOESN'T work out in a way that's satisfying. You just kind of have to grin and bear and deal with whatever life throws. Roll with the punches. Given the fact that I've been thinking about college and growing up lately, it was a good read. Unsettling, but good for me, I suppose.
Talk about change of plans! This book was ok. At some points, I really got into it, and at some points, I was like alright let's get this part over with. To be honest, I really could not stand Julian at the end. I really wish it told more about what happened to Chloe at the end. I would recommend this book to people who feel like they have problem after problem.
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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels Heart on My Sleeve, The Long Night of Leo and Bree, Razzle, What's in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University ...more
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