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Night Owls

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  17,110 ratings  ·  2,211 reviews
Feeling alive is always worth the risk.

Meeting Jack on the Owl—San Francisco's night bus—turns Beatrix's world upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive...and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists.

But Jack is hiding a piece of himself. On midnight rides and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who this enigmatic boy really is.
Paperback, UK edition, 296 pages
Published August 13th 2015 by Simon and Schuster UK
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Sarah Night Owls is the title it was published under in the UK, it was published as The Anatomical Shape of a Heart in the US and Canada :)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
What, exactly, is the anatomical shape of a heart? I can tell you. It's a bloodied splat on the floor, with gory little pieces of bodily tissue everywhere because that's what it looks like after I've stomped on the figurative heart within this book for 10 minutes after having read it.

Do you like manie pixie dream girls? For those who don't know what those are, here's a good definition taken from Wikipedia.
"that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations
Emily May
“Those dark eyelashes should be illegal.”

I know why many people like this book, I really do. It's the same reason I kept wanting to bump my rating up as I was reading. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (or Night Owls in the UK edition and, in my opinion, as it should have been called everywhere) is an extremely diverse book in all senses, it has a very sex-positive message and portrays sex in an open and honest way.

Politically, this book and I are on the exact same page. I like the stuff it st
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
4.5 Stars

If you’re looking for a swoony young adult romance The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is the book for you!

Beatrix, “Bex” Adams wants to be a medical illustrator, a highly competitive field, and is trying to win scholarship money to aid that future. After trying to get a seat in the Willed Bodies program of her local hospital she misses the train home and must take the late Owl bus where she meets Jack. Their chemistry is immediate and mutual:

His gaze lifted and met mine. We stared at eac
Jaime Arkin
I’m going to say it right now, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is going to be on my top ten book list at the end of the year.

From the moment I read the summary of this book I knew I was going to love it and love it I did. When I turned the last page, I wanted to read it all over again.

Jenn Bennett is a new to me author, even though she’s not by any means a new author. This is her first YA title and I’m so, so happy she’s jumped in this genre.

The story here revolves around Beatrix or Bex as we
C.G. Drews
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well this book is a little paint splotch of adorableness and calamity. It's about art. ART, PEOPLES. I'm a sucker for arty books, especially Evil Art books (please, do not doubt my terms, how dare you) like graffiti and I'm-arting-even-though-my-parents-don't-believe-in-how-I-like-to-art. I'm uber passionate about art, so I just wanted to squish this book into a painty cuddle. Plus the characters! The writing! THE DEAD BODIES!!

Okay, okay, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start out calmly.

This was cute, and I liked Jackson and Bex.
I loved the setting of San Francisco, and want to go there.
I liked the art.
I liked the positive view of sex.

I didn't like Bex's mum, her actions, excuses or how easily it was all dismissed. In fact both sets of parents were highly unlikeable!
The mental illness rep made me feel a bit uneasy too.

This was Jenn Bennett's first YA novel, and I think you can tell. I enjoyed it, but it was my least favourite so far.
Recommended for a quick, light read.
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, owned
This was a really great unique love story! I really really enjoyed it!!!
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and heartfelt story about art and love!
i have five more pages to read till this finishes, but d n f because I,,,,, god, I can't find that fuck I was gonna give,,,,hmmm where did I put it now?? ...more
Paula M
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Feeling alive is always a risk."


Wow. Gorgeous cover. Stunning story. Incredible writing. This isn't your average YA Contemporary Romance. I admit that Jenn Bennett is a name that I haven't heard of when it comes to YA. But after reading this novel, her name is one I'll never forget and and I'll forever stalk.
TASoaH sucked me in from the very start. Theres something so magical in the first chapter of this book that made me stick around until I read the last page. Well,
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Riveted from the start. Heartbreaking goodness!

Jackson: A bit retro rockabilly in black

Bex: always in braids

Truly a powerful story. This is a YA story of first love between two outcasts. Beatrix (Bex) has a love of drawing anatomy and is trying to get permission to sit in on the medical school anatomy classes so she can sketch the people who have given their bodies to science to be dissected so she can try to win a scholarship and become a medical illustrator. Her classmates at school had nickna
it is literally impossible to feel more whatever, more blah, more okay-sure-fine about a book than i feel about this one.

will i review it? who knows. probably not, unless you count me copy/pasting the word "eh" 1,000 times as a review.
I loved the idea of this book and was super excited to read it.

Love love love Bex and Jack so much I almost don't have words to explain why. The two of them together were just perfection. Their conversations were filled with snark and swoons and heartfelt conversations and passion over art and I just devoured it.

I seriously think I could read these two forever.

**Huge thanks to Feiwel and Friends and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I've heard a great deal good about this book but i ended up not liking it that much. I can finish one 500 page book in a couple hours if i set my mind to it but it literally took me a gazillion days to finish this 300-page one. The beginning was cheesy and kind of insta-lovey-dovey which I really didn't like. I like fluffy and sweet YA contemporary but somehow this book just wasn't it. It kind of tried to be special with its plot which it does manage to achieve to a certain extent. But if you lo ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75/5 Stars.

Night Owls is a typical YA contemporary book, and here's why I think that:

-Insta-love ✅
-Cheesy lines ✅
-Too much drama ✅
-Clichéed events ✅
-Predictable twists ✅

But despite all this did I still enjoy the heck out of this book? You bet!

The first Jenn Bennett book that I read was ''Alex, Approximately" which was nearly 2 years ago, and I loved everything about that book, it easily became one of my favorite books of that year. However, I knew I should'nt get my hopes up for this book, bec
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 anatomical hearts.

I'm not sure how to start this review. Shall I start with “Holy smokes, this one was amazing!” or with this: you know once in a while you read a book that you don't just read, you drink it in, you sip every word, you taste every moment happening and you think "man, this is an appetizing read!" This feeling is the sortta feeling you get when you read a powerful book, which has a message that needs to be heard, a story calling you to listen, a tale of love, self-discovery a
REALLY enjoyed Bennett's debut foray into YA. Not only is it swoon-worthy, sex-positive, and unique in its casting of hero and heroine, but it's also family-centric and impeccably well-written. Can't wait to see what else Bennett has in store for us, both Adult and YA. ;) ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
There aren't enough stars in the sky to rate this book. I love these two like whoa and it might have been better the second time around. ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
reread May 2017: nearly two years later and this is still one of my favorite books ever.
Julie Zantopoulos
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, own-it
Super fun, super cute ya contemporary with a real emotional punch. I loved the characters, their romance, their flawed families and holy steamy kisses! Teens having safe sex, a girl who isn’t a virgin, and honestly one of my fave first kisses ever!

I did have some issues with the hiding of mental illness and the way it was treated so not a full five stars but damn close.

TW: self harm, suicidal thoughts & attempts mentioned.
Danielle (Love at First Page)
In case you didn’t know (shame on you), Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite authors. I first discovered her books a couple of years ago and have been an avid fangirl ever since. She writes romance spectacularly well and happy endings that leave me more than satisfied. When I found out that The Anatomical Shape of a Heart would be her first foray into young adult, I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. I have a huge soft spot for young adult contemporary romance, so of course I couldn’t wait to get m ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is romance done right. The characters actually become friends and date before they fall madly in love! Huzzah!
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Family, friendship, secrets, graffiti, art.

I have to admit that the start of this story was pretty mediocre, and if it hadn't been for that very rocky start this would have got a full five stars. It took until 25% for me to really warm to the story and the characters, and I was just about to give up when things started getting good. So stick with it and push through, because it is worth it.

This story is sweet and funny and slightly heart-breaking all at once.

I received a copy of this fo
Oh my GOODNESS. I think I just melted into a puddle of feels.

"Earth to Beatrix. This was the night bus, not a Journey song. Two strangers were not on a midnight train going anywhere."

I’m kind of bummed that I can’t rate this book higher, but this book has a pretty big amount of insta-love seeping through its pages. To be fair, the teen romance is nicely build up and the story has a positive attitude towards sex, but after reading for the 20th time how hot Jack looked I was ready to throw this book into the dustbin.

The main characters in this
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Will cause:
Idiotic smiling to oneself
Fits of laughter
Sleep deprivation
May invoke artistic expression
Will invoke the feels, or in medical terms, the warm and fuzzies.

Night Owls was absolutely phenomenal, adventurous, heartwarming and incredibly lovely. Previously called The Anatomical Shape of a Heart for the overseas market, it follows the story of Beatrix, determined, creative and incredibly quick witted. An artist fascinated with the huma
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
"Our kitchen wasn't fancy, having last been updated in an ugly 1990s shade of pale mauve, complete with fake butcher block countertops."

I am offended.


This book has CALLOUSLY and WRONGLY insulted my exquisite taste by throwing shade at faux butcher block counter tops. I HAVE A FAUX BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTER TOP AND IT IS A THING OF GLORIOUS BEAUTY BRINGING WARMTH AND HEART TO MY DREAM KITCHEN!!!!!

I am a VICTIM of the inferior taste of this author.

In other less ridiculous and probably
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my second Jenn Bennett book and whilst i didn't enjoy it as much as Alex, Approximately I did enjoy it.
The plot was fairly simplistic and easy to follow and I liked both of the main characters.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’ve been a fan of Jenn Bennett ever since her first Arcadia Bell book (which seems like a million years ago), but I never expected her to try her hand in young adult fiction. Foolish of me, I suppose. Why wouldn’t she, when she’s so good at everything else she puts her mind to writing? From the very first advanced reader’s copy that fell into a reviewer’s hand, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (internationally titled Night Owls, which I prefer), has been getting nothing but rave reviews. And wit ...more
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is all about art! This book is such a quick and adorable read that will entertain and delight fans of the contemporary genre. The main characters are artists, there is lots of diversity, and it isn’t a book that has an overwhelming amount of drama.

Amazingly, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is an art book! I haven’t read too many art books, but I have enjoyed basically every one I have read. This particular book features two contrasti
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Jenn Bennett is the author of over a dozen books, including the young adult titles: ALEX, APPROXIMATELY; STARRY EYES; SERIOUS MOONLIGHT; and THE LADY ROGUE. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, been Goodreads Choice Award nominees, and have been included on annual Best Book lists for both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives near Atlant ...more

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