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Heart's Delight (Hjärtans fröjd)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  628 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Heart’s Delight opens with a 16-year-old boy poised over a desk. He is alone in the room, going through the left over items of a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Ann-Kathrin. As he systematically destroys each object, he replays a scene from their relationship that relates to it. By the end of this moving story, he has gotten rid of everything; he’s torn up the bus pas ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by Front Street, Incorporated (first published 1992)
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Mar 16, 2012 Merary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers for love stories
Sniff, sniff. This was absolutely beautiful. It was about a guy's first love on a girl that he calls Heart's Delight (so SWEET!) and the complications of that love.
It made me cry in a few parts and I felt connected with the character and his feelings.
I wanted to comfort him so badly.

Oh no, I think I'm going to cry again.

Amazing book.
A sweet, touching story of first love and first love lost, familiar to any teenager. I like the way it was told, the movie-script commentary. I liked the ongoing joke of the German grammar book. But I did think the pills and razor blade had no place. Can't we have a first love lost story without a suicide?
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(herregud den var speciell och vacker och hjärtskärande)
Ένα βιβλίο για την πρώτη αγάπη.
Την πρώτη αγάπη που είναι απόλυτη , δυνατή και αβάσταχτη.
Την πρώτη αγάπη ενός αγορίου και τη πρώτη φορά που ένιωσε την καρδιά του να ραγίζει.

Μια μέρα σαν όλες τις άλλες έμελλε να είναι αυτή που θα αλλάξει τα πάντα.Ξεκινώντας αργά για το σχολείο , το αγόρι μπαίνει στο λεωφορείο βιαστικά και κάποιες στάσεις αργότερα, ένα κορίτσι ανεβαίνει. Έχει κόκκινα μαλλιά και ένα μοναδικό άρωμα . Και αυτή είναι το πιο όμορφο πλάσμα που το αγόρι είδε ποτέ . Έτσι κάθε εβδομάδα την
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
I don't remember exactly why I bought this book. It's been a long time since I read it. It was the title? The cover? I can't recall. Anyway.

The book is telling about a young boy. It tells you about his first love and his first heart breaking. One day he was late for school. He enters the bus in hurry and in about some stops later a girl enters the bus. She has red hair and a unique perfume. And it's the most beautiful thing the boy ever saw. Every week the same day he takes the bus later than us
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η Σουηδία έχει να επιδείξει πολλά καλλιτεχνικά ταλέντα. Ανάμεσα σε αυτά, πληθώρα συγγραφέων και λογοτεχνών. Ένας από αυτούς, είναι και ο Per Nilsson, πρώην καθηγητής μουσικής και μαθηματικών ο οποίος, τα τελευταία δώδεκα χρόνια έχει αφιερώσει ολοκληρωτικά τον εαυτό του στην συγγραφή. Τα βιβλία του αφορούν κατά κύριο λόγο νέους και εφήβους αλλά, και όλους εκείνους που παρά το πέρασμά τους στην ενηλικίωση, μπορούν ακόμα να θυμηθούν την αθώα αυτή ηλικία που άφησαν πίσω τους. Άλλωστε όπως υποστηρίζε ...more
Ich musste dieses Buch in der Schule lesen, in dere 9. Klasse. Ich hab damals schon begeistert gelesen. Vielleicht würde ich jetzt als Erwachsener anders darüber denken, aber in meiner Erinnerung ist es als eines der Bücher verankert, die ich totlangweilig fand. Und viel zu schmalzig.
Die Geschichte ist flüssig geschrieben und man hat keine Probleme, der Story oder den Charakteren zu folgen. Dennoch kam ich irgendwie nie nahe an die Charaktere heran, konnte nie wirklich eintauchen. Die Aufregung
Mary Orchard
This is a dramatic story about a young man who is heartbroken over a girl he met and fell in love with on the bus. He narrates the tale as he destroys items that remind him of her. The development of the story continues as he fights conflicting feelings of betrayal and passion.

Although this book was written in a very clever way, the content is explicit--language, sex, and exploration of suicidal thoughts. I skipped 2-3 chapters to avoid inappropriate content, and would not recommend this to a y
This is a very simple love story, but this is a what of not why or why, but how. A simple love story, but I honestly felt for the character and felt something that I can only describe best as heart wrenching and jealousy. Moreover, I enjoyed the way it was written - not your typical style of writing, I believe.

This book has stayed with me for many years because of a few lines, which ended up being one of my favorite quotes:

"But there is me.
And you. Somewhere out there, there's you.
And I'm gl
First and foremost, if you're looking for happy-go-lucky, uplifting, humorous, or any other adjective that might bring a smile to your face, this book is not for you.

It is, however, a conceptually genius piece of writing is heartwrenching, delightful, and emotionally draining. Written in a similar style to movie-greats like Momento, Pulp Fiction, and Snow Falling on Cedars, Per Nelson intertwines beautiful and painful memories with the events of one culminating night when our "He" must make his
This book is a great example of how guys too can fall madly in love. Heart's Delight talks about a guy that has alot of problems in his life and doesn't know where to seek help from. Until the day he meets the most beautiful girl in his life and feels like his world is turned upside down, in a positive way. He is so in love with her he's too blind to see that she doesn't feel the same way that he feels for her. It gets to the point where he feels so hurt where he falls in deep depression. This b ...more
This is seriously one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I love the way the book is built up and structured. It is the story of him and Ann Katrin simultaneously with the objects he tries to get rid of. I love the way the books keeps you curious about whether she is gonna call or not. I would recommend this book to everyone, it is easy to read through and really touching!

One thing i would like to add however is that i would discourage everyone to read the sequel to this book as it comp
Ann Marie
I recall reading this one before...not much has changed...finding love as told by a teenage boy...
Wow. Okay. So i expected to really hate this book. But i didn't. I hated the main character. I absolutely hated him. He's annoying, he's clingy, and he's a little dumb. He never gets the message. He just sits there and IGNORES some important things that Ann-Katrin is saying. I love Ann-Katrin. I love her, and most of the story itself. I do think everyone should read this (even if things annoy you easily (like me)) And i like how the point of the ending was for you to decide. I decided that he wa ...more
school assigment:
Don't have much to say. The end leaves things up to the reader to decide.
Stephanie A.
That was just weird. The description sounds cool, and if executed properly it would be, but from the second he starts repeating variations of how "the phone. Is sitting there. Silent," at the end of every chapter, you want nothing more than to slap the author. Hard. This is one of those books where you don't understand why they bothered translating it into another language for publication, because it doesn't work at all.
Just another YA depressive sour story. Didn't like the idea and the characters and the tension of the narrative.
Nilsson's protagonist is the type of romantic, sensitive, good guy that seems rare to come across these days. His rendition of his love for Ann-Katrin is moving and captivating. Nilsson manages to grasp the essence of young adult love in this book. I have read this book several times in my teens and still like it now I am in my twenties. It is just very beautiful.
Jul 11, 2008 Hallie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hannah, Kelley
Lovely, lovely writing/translation. It reminds me faintly of David Levithan's style, though a bit darker in places. For being a thoroughly realistic novel, it feels very whimsical and charming (when it's not being dark, that is). There's a lot of teen angst, but it somehow manages to be much less irritating than usual.
This is Per Nilsson's first book to be published in the U.S. It is the story of two teenagers in Sweden, one of whom is in love for the first time. This boy, the main character, tells the story in a unique staccato voice which rings true. His heartbreak is palpable and the girl he loves is wonderfully well-rounded.
Blanca Mojarro
Apr 23, 2008 Blanca Mojarro rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody that is into books about love!
Recommended to Blanca by: Betsy
This book was really the best book i have read. I think it really made the character's feelings realistic. It gives the guys point of view of love and how he felt when the girl of his dreams didnt even like him back. Its a book alot of girls would read because they dont know how guys feel inside after .
Ms. Learned's Literature Group Room112
Sep 29, 2008 Ms. Learned's Literature Group Room112 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Ms. Learned's Literature Group by: My sister
I learned never to put your life after death always remember to not get obsessed with someone you really like. I reccomend this book to teenage girls it was sad a boy likes a girl and she gets a boyfriend and he was thinking about cutting his wrist and taking a bottle of pills
Katie Herring
He was young and in love. I felt his pain. Granted, he was kind of obsessed (picking up her hairs?) but it was sweet (but weird.)

The order of the novel kind of confused me, and I still don't really know what exactly happened in the end.

But I liked it.
small book i read it in one day....i found accidentally in the book store while looking for a travel guide and i bought it without even reading the plot on the last page...turns it was worth it.. good book with a bittersweet ending...:)
To me, both of the characters in this story were equally mysterious, and that kept me reading. Most of it is told in flashbacks, which makes the whole experience very dreamlike. I enjoyed.
Not sure how this book managed to get translated into English ... It sucked. Shallow, empty, juvenile, and the characters were idiots.

Not worth the hour or so I spent reading it.
Ein großartiges Jugendbuch. Nie kitschig, mit Raum für das eigene Fantasieren, einer bezaubernd klaren Sprache. Und ja: ein kleines bisschen Herztrost. (Gelesen 2013)
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On Rabén & Sjögren's homepage, Nilsson writes this about himself:
"I think I became a writer because I am a dad. I started writing to my own kids to tell them about myself as a young boy, and told them, amongst other things, about a 11 or 12 year old who wandered around in Malmö, head filled with daydreams and fantas
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“But there is me.
And you. Somewhere out there, there's you.
And I'm glad there's you. And I'm glad that I know that
there's you.
And somewhere, in a remote corner somewhere,
there's a little we. A little we that will still be there no matter
what happens now.
First-person plural: We.
I. And you.
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