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Hungry Hearts

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  51 reviews
For fans of “The Boys Next Door” by Jennifer Echols and “Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven.

When an amateur chef attempts to use food as his love language, Landra, who struggles with anorexia, finds his approach off-putting. In fact, she finds Brian to be rather annoying.

Undeterred, Brian snags Landra in a friendship that eventually grows into something else, as s
Published January 21st 2020 by Swoon Romance
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WHAT A STORY!! Being totally honest, Hungry Hearts is not the type of book I would usually go for, however, this story was the kind of innocent and cheesy (in a good way) love. I loved every character, and the fact that they were all so relatable, made me enjoy this story more. On the other side, one of the things I liked the most about it, was that unlike most of the high school romances seen in books, this one does not seem like based on stereotypes, and the author made such a great job portra ...more
John Kerry
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
" Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate "

Hungry Hearts by Julie Hoag is a mesmerizing young adult romantic tale that follows very interesting characters in a complex setting where relationships can be precarious and challenging.

Landra the lead character who has a crush over football team's hottest player.

Brian , Landra's friend who is trying to impress Landra through his cooking skills.

Since Landra is struggling with Anorexia , Brian's every attempt to win her goes unattended.

Adrianna A
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big thank you to Julie for sending me her wonderful book, judging by the fact that I read it all in 24 hours...I’m going to say I really liked it. I love the serious, and personal elements. It was very tastefully mixed with the romance.

Do I like Hunter? Sadly, kind of. Brian though!!!! Such a sweetheart!! There were times I got really upset with Landra. She does end up really becoming so much stronger, and it was very lovely to see.

There are some grammatical errors, but I don’t put that
K.T. Egan
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I had a hard time settling on a rating for this book because, while I really enjoyed certain aspects of the story I had a hard time diving in.

Hungry Hearts is the first book that I have read by Julie Hoag. I had a bit of a hard time diving into the story - the chapters where the book focuses on Allandra being at school are a little hard to get through. Despite the slow start, however, I truly enjoyed the ending of the book.

Following Landra, Brian, and Hunter was a true pleasure - even if I had
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy of this book from the author.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it was a quick and cute little romance. But on the other, the protagonists are really creepy and it was quite disturbing that this creepiness was looked upon as a positive attribute. The characters seemed very one-dimensional. There was the anorexic protagonist Landra, Brian - the guy who followed her around offering her food and calling her 'my queen', and the token hot, boring jock to s
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this copy from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I thought it was an okay book. I thought Landra had a serious eating disorder that was never resolved, I felt all the characters tip toed around the issue that should not be taken lightly. I think she had many unresolved issues of bullying, grief, and self esteem issues that needed to be addressed. Brian, the love interest, was very creepy. I didn’t understand the relationship. Shouldn’t self love be importan ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a fairly easy and enjoyable read, although I do believe that there could have been more emphasis on the anorexia because I doubt its that easy to overcome and at the beginning I did find Brian to be rather creepy with the things he would say and do, but he became more lovable as the story progressed. I also found their flirting pretty cringy at times. Furthermore, I feel like Ginna was an unnecessary character because she was barely in the novel, but the good outweighs the bad and I enj ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Landra: Hot boy alert! If I look at him sexily enough, maybe he'll notice me.

Hunter: Hey, babe. I saw ya staring at me. Sexily.

Landra: OMG it worked. He's so sexy.

Forgettable best friend: He likes ya, my love! Now eat something before you waste away.

Brian: MY QUEEN. I, your slave, bring you cake.

Landra: Ew. Go away.

Brian: Not to worry, my queen! Nobody has taught me that consent is important, so I'll just keep bringing you cake and asking ya to tell me what you're wearing.

Landra: Yeah, whatever.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Social Librarian
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Name: Hungry Hearts

Genre: Romance

When an amateur chef attempts to use food as his love language, Landra, who struggles with anorexia, finds his approach off-putting. In fact, she finds Brian to be rather annoying.

Undeterred, Brian snags Landra in a friendship that eventually grows into something else, as she finally trusts him enough to sample some of his homemade gourmet treats.
As if dating isn’t hard enough, Landra must battle her anorexic impulses and self-esteem issues if sh
Rutuja Ramteke
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

YA and teenage romances are the best, I admit because they provide you the innocence and comfort you actually look for. I recently completed this beautiful book which makes my heart swing high, cry and also relate so much. Undeterred, Brian snags Landra in a friendship that eventually grows into something else, as she finally trusts him enough to sample some of his homemade gourmet treats.

But things have not evolved to the level Brian would like, and soon he realizes Landra's issue isn’t only wi
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I enjoyed how Hungry Hearts proves that those who struggle with eating disorders do not necessarily need psychiatric care but also more importantly support from friends and family. Brian and Becca were passionate and fully invested in making sure that Landra ate and was taken care of. The love from them, and her big brother, gave her the confidence to appreciate food again. She kept a constant struggle of dealing with negative body image, but her friends and family helped to convince her of her ...more
Amy Johnson
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I surprisingly enjoyed "Hungry Hearts" by Julie Hoag. This is the first book I've read by this author - having received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. I almost stopped reading this book after 2 chapters. I wasn't engaging with the characters and I was worried that I was going to end up being critical of the way the author handled the heartbreaking story line of eating disorders in teenagers. I paused for a few days and actually went and took a look at some of the other re ...more
Blue Reviews
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heart touching YA novel that is both romantic and deals with mental health.
The author treated the health issue delicately along with providing the readers a compelling debut.
The main character Landra struggles with anorexia. Through her main character the author presents us the life of a person who deals with anorexia and how it affects a person's life.
Hungry Hearts is a romantic novel that expresses the story with flowing writing style. This story of love and health issues is guaranteed to ho
Izzyabelle M
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
So for me this book started out really rough and slowly progressed to be better. For the first fifty pages or so I felt the characters were not developing a personalities at all. But then the story hit a turning point about 70 pages in and we started to see alot more of what I expected the book to be.

It wasn't exactly a light contemporary read like I was looking for but I should have expected that going in. I wouldn't recommend may be triggered by eating disorders. A large portion of the book is
Brandy Woods Snow
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julie Hoag’s Hungry Hearts delves into the difficult internal dialogue of a teen being controlled by body dysmorphia and anorexia. Her inner self-loathing and struggle tears at the soul, casting light on this terrible disease and how it affects the mind. Additionally, the novel takes you right back into the throes of high school—the peer pressure, the friend dynamics, the ups and downs of teenage love—in a very authentic voice. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I’ll just say that if you ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has a good story line. It addresses many of the things teenage kids go through in their jr. high and high school years. The mean things kids do to other kids is unbelievable
I wish there was a way to get through to them so they could understand the harm they cause. Also get them to care about others enough not to continue to hurt them.
The characters are well-developed and their feelings and emotions are well-written and easy to feel. Brian is my hero. He got hurt more than once but was
Pratibha Malav
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book - Hungry Hearts
Author - Julie Hoag
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
"Hungry Hearts" by Julie Hoag is a wonderful story based on the life of Landra, the protagonist, who is suffering from anorexia and feels she needs to conquer issues with body image that haunt her.
Unlike Landra, Brian is an amateur chef who loves cooking.
At first, Landra finds him extremely annoying but with time, this annoyance turns into a deep friendship, then it grows into something else which is yet to be named.
Landra struggles with he
Monica Jansen
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a more mature reader, Ms. Hoag’s book presented me with a much better understanding of the mental and physical complications and torments of dealing with anorexia on a daily basis. The guilt, struggles and expectations of a teenage girl not only battling her own demons but then becomes a victim of bullying. The author navigates the reader through a series of emotional ups and downs through the fragile character of Allandra and her best friends and a pesky culinary teen chef. Teens will be dra ...more
Morris Ardoin
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julie Hoag's Hungry Hearts takes us into the world of a teenager struggling with an eating disorder, high-school peer pressure (the worst kind!), and the heartache and exhilaration that only new love can bring. Hoag expertly puts the reader smack-dab into the ever-churning mind of Landra, who has deftly developed ways to evade the good-hearted but nonetheless unwanted scrutiny of her best pals and her jock superstar big brother. The quick-paced dialogue throughout moves this engaging story to a ...more
Brittany Carter
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julie Hoag does a great job on her debut YA novel. The fact that she writes about something so close to her makes the book so much more real when it comes to her eating disorder. I like that Landra makes mistakes with the boys she dates, because being a teenage girl does come with important decisions that are hard to make.

Her best-friend is a great side character that cheers her on in a way that won't scare her away about her eating.

I love the way Brian is persisted and it takes her a while to
Denai Piscopo
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cute quick high school romance read with some very interesting characters and in-depth topics throughout the book. I don't think I really realised that it was based on such young characters, but they were all great. I especially liked Landra's brother and would love to see him get his own story. I liked the writing style and the pace of the book.

Thank you Book Sirens for my free ARC for my honest review.
Gabi Justice
A flirtatious young romance with an awesome message. Bring your appetite when reading this fun love story. Hoag's description of Brian's amazing cooking had my mouth watering and my stomach growling. Landra is a character you'll want to root for. She brought me back to those confusing high school years. Teenage girls will relate fantastically with Landra. She struggles with the loss of her mother and the men, her father and brother, that love her but don't know how to love her. Hoag creates inte ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hungry Hearts is a contemporary romance fiction and Young Adult novel written by the author Julie Hoag. It is the debut work of the author. The protagonist of the story is a girl named Landra who was suffering from Anorexia i.e. eating disorder. The story is based on the real life experience of the author with this disease in her teen years.

The story is about Landra finding and falling in love in the most unexpected way. It also shows the importance of family and friends in one's life. It gives
Shaika | thebookandthenerd
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, this book was so adorable and cute!! Brian is such a sweetheart! You will fall in love with him again and again. The main problem is that the character kind of acts like she still is in middle school and the ending also felt like it was incomplete. If you want a light fun breezy read, I definitely recommend this book!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Jessica G
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This one was a weird one. I love a cute moment just as much as the next person, but the relationships in this book were slightly uncomfortable.
Okay, maybe I’m being a little bit too tough on this book because it was super fast to read and still gave me stomach butterflies (props to that!) but the main love interest calling the protagonist “my queen” over and over again made me feel a bit ill. Not the sentiment on its own, but the fact that the protagonist treats this guy so badly and thinks so l
The Reviewera
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't thought this book will going to be this good. It was , as you might expect , entertaining , a total different piece of romantic tale from every aspect.
It sets a very high bar for whatever he does that comes next.
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Nishant Yadav
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly woven like an interesting spell of love.
A must read for sure
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Landra's thought process around her eating disorder was very realistic! Loved the book! I wish I saw Landra get some help for her disorder, but it's realistic to not get help immediately in these situations unfortunately! Nice work Julie ☺️ ...more
Mona Chergui
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has a lot of promise, and I can understand why it would be popular. For me though I never quite found it's heart. This I think was primarily down to the style of writing. I read a lot of YA, but found this writing quite young. It may be that it was aimed at younger teens, or even tweens. To me though this seemed to downgrade the importance of what it was trying to say.

Not a bad book, but also not one I am raving about.

If you have younger teenagers, it may be one for them.

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