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Heart on My Sleeve

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"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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Jan 17, 2011 Alicia rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, urban, male, humor, glbt, female
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
Jan 17, 2013 Payton D rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 24, 2007 A. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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 liked it
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
Jun 14, 2009 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenbooks
Unexpectedly addictive.
Feb 08, 2010 Milka rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, ya-contemporary
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
I hard core love me some Ellen Wittlinger, and was thrilled when I discovered she wrote a book using emails, as I've been trying to find more of those to help me figure out how to write those sections in my own novel. I have loved ever book I've read by her, so I was definitely expecting to love this one as well and had no qualms about purchasing it instead of going to the library for it.

However, I was sorely disappointed in this one. Whereas Wittlinger's other characters are very well-developed
Genevieve Dazet
Feb 12, 2012 Genevieve Dazet rated it liked it
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
Jun 03, 2013 Jenny Zheng rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 19, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it
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
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
Savannah Smith
Apr 30, 2010 Savannah Smith rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2010 Sarah Clark rated it it was ok
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
Apr 28, 2008 Liv. rated it liked it
-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
Micaela Muldoon
Dec 15, 2015 Micaela Muldoon rated it liked it
What I really liked about this book was that it showed two teens who seemed to connect, but then realize through a series of online interactions that they aren't right for each other -- and it wasn't one sided. In most chick-lit like this, the girl is not at fault -- the guy is just an ass and she finds another, better guy instead. But in this book, both Chloe and Julius are portrayed as being flawed without being dismissed as jerks. They are realistic people, not one-dimensional caricatures. Th ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: See in review!!!
Recommended to Emily by: Goodreads
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
Dec 26, 2007 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-teen
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
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
Brandon Will
Mar 28, 2015 Brandon Will rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit
This showcases the best and worst of the letters form--at times the book gets a bit tedious, but the same thing that makes it tedious at other times makes it intensely intimate, and you love the people and get a real glimpse into them. Wittlinger amazingly gets down all these distinct voices, a feat in itself, and you see these things they are going through from every side. Ultimately I think it's the best of YA, in with books where people are talking and figuring out things young adults (and gr ...more
Karyn Johnson
Jun 10, 2010 Karyn Johnson rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2009 Whitney rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2011 Gina rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, issues
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
Courtney Johnson
Jan 18, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it liked it
I liked this book. It took me a while to get into it at the beginning and recognize everyone's emails. After I got that down though, it got much easier. I liked how all Chloe's email titles were song titles. We got to see both sides of the relationship by seeing both emails sent to Chloe and Julian. It was sad that they didn't work out, but I liked the ending. I don't think this book was as good as TTYL, but it was a fun read.
Deja Turner
Oct 14, 2010 Deja Turner rated it did not like it
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.
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.
Jun 26, 2012 Rose rated it liked it
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.
Wendy Lu
Apr 02, 2011 Wendy Lu rated it liked it
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.
Brooke_5 Wilson
Jul 12, 2013 Brooke_5 Wilson rated it liked it
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.
Amanda Lee
Mar 07, 2011 Amanda Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was a quick, easy, and fun read. The identities of who sent what were confusing at first (and the whole reason I didn't finish reading this 3 years ago), but the writing styles soon became recognizable. While parts were a bit predictable, I liked that it was a realistic representation of people's expectations on- and off-line.
The characters and their thoughts/personalities/reactions to situations felt very realistic and genuine. The author definitely wasn't pretending to understand how teens think and managed some surprising twists along the way. Some of the references and the layout of the email style definitely dates it though, so I would necessarily recommend it to fans of contemporary lit.
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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of 15 young adult novels including Parrotfish, Heart on My Sleeve, Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, 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 ...more
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