How to Build a Heart
All sixteen-year-old Izzy Crawford wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. Her father, a marine, died in Iraq six years ago, and Izzy’s moved to a new town nearly every year since, far from th ...more
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When I first saw the cover and its title, I did not have any ideas what the story would be about. I thought it might be a typical young adult novel focusing on teenage love but actually, the story itself was much more than that. It had that part, of course. But that was not the main idea of the story that the author wanted to portray to readers. Family and friends are.
How to Build a Heart follows 16-year-old Isabella Crawford, known as Izz/>How/>[ ...more
This YA novel is well written and will appeal to young teens and older "teens at heart" who worry about fitting in, falling in love and finding (and keeping) a stable home. In this story, Izzy Campbell's life is one huge tragic upheaval, constantly on the move from one place to the other after her father is killed.in Iraq. Her family finally gets to settle down in one place, thanks ...more
It’s kind of stereotypical; poor girl, rich boy and lots of prejudice, but it feels so good. It’s comfortable and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
The characters are built up nicely, you know just enough about them and they seem very realistic. The scenes are good, the story is tied together very well and I’ve enjoyed every second of this book
Izzy Crawford feels like an outsider. As a scholarship student at a private school her friends don’t know she lives in a trailer park or that her family is building a Habitat for Humanity house, a place to finally call home. Izzy likes the same boy her as neighbor friend Roz and she doesn’t want Sam to know her family circumstances.
I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Algonquin Young Readers, in exchange for an honest review.
I have to say I quite enjoyed this book. "How to build a heart" talks about Izzy, a young Latin-American girl. Her father was in the military, and because of that she is used to moving. But now she has found some friends in Virginia, she has settled in her new school, and she also met a boy. When she gets the chance to settle fo ...more
The story centres around Izzy Crawford, a 16-year-old whose life has been irrevocably touched by the loss of her Marine father. Through a series of YA-specific elements including a first crush, relationship, friendships, teenage embarrassment and familial relations, the author has created a novel completely worth immersing yourself in.
I absolutely loved ...more
There was so much to learn from this story and if I were to list it down, it would be almost all the moral lessons that exists in our society. There was something to learn from every chapter.
I had a good time reading this and it was an easy read. I guess all the drama made it pretty exci ...more
I would've liked to hear a little more about Aubrey's depression, and how mental health doesn't discriminate between classes. Aubrey ...more
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, after a conversation got sparked on Twitter and we found out that we actually have a mutual connection based on the college I attend! I thought that was pretty cool, and then when I found out Maria was a YA author, I knew that I definitely wanted to read some of her work. When she sent me How To Build a Heart, I was elated, because the story sounded lik ...more
How to Build a Heart follows Izzy Crawford, the daughter of a deceased US Marine and her strict Puerto-Rican mother. Struggles for money following her father's death have meant that her family (composed of Izzy, Mami and her little brother Jack) move from place to place in search of work, and at the time of the novel reside in a mobile home park.
Throughout the novel Izzy tries to balance the juxtapositions in her l ...more
How to Build a Heart is first and foremost a book about the depths of familial love and friendship. I was so moved, so many times. Instead of being only romance-centric, this book touched on so many topics that are life or death for teens today: fitting in, ...more
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a YA book that made me feel the way “How To Build a Heart” did. From the characters to the plot and the storytelling, it was something of a ride. An emotional one too.
What I loved about the book:
The characters. Izzy is such a complex and ...more
I have to say I honestly really loved this book!
The characters were really interesting and drew me into the story. I couldn’t get enough of these adorable characters I wanted to read even more about because I admired them and their journey.
The writing was amazing it flowed really well I was never bored and just wanted to keep reading.
This is an author that I will be keeping an ...more
I loved this book!
It had some interesting twists and turns plotwise, that I wasn't expecting at all and I loved the ending. The relationships felt real and the younger brother was an adorable character, not a brat. I can't wait to usher in 2020 with this book to recommend to my teen readers.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Izzy was such a great character, and even though Roz wasn’t the best at times, I enjoyed that friendship. They had some great banter. I thought it was great that Izzy would get a “win” with a new house. Her relationship with Sam was a bit like what some readers may call “insta-love” (I think) but I enjoyed it. Mark and Betts were awesome ad ...more
When she moves to a a trailer park in Virginia, Isabella Crawford becomes embroiled in the family drama of her best friend, and, ...more
There are so many things about this book that I love. It is a very thoughtfully written book and it feels very authentic. I have very little in common with the main character, but I could totally relate to her. There was a lot about her that reminded me of myself at her age.
I recently reviewed another book that had very similar themes to this one; a biracial girl navigating grief and strug ...more
I would like to give this book a 5 star rating but the small writing at the beginning of each chapter, took away from the flow of the book. Maybe that idea would look better in print but in digital format, it just makes it harder to read. This was a fast paced story about a teenager named Izzy who is dealing with a lot of teenage drama from a friend who her mom forbids her to hang out with, from losing her belove ...more
That said, I'm no longer going to affix stars to the books I read. I'll offer a comment or two, and maybe if I'm deliriously in love and ...more