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Hungry Hearts by Elsie Chapman
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really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, read-2019, young-adult, anthology

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it had been written, very specifically, for me. 😌 so sorry if you thought it was yours; no, it is mine. It is like a love letter to FOOD. 13 short stories (including ones from authors I adore like Anna-Marie McLemore ahhhh [heart-eyes]) all centric on food, how it can be magic and healing and also deathly. It is the ultimate foodie fiction and I am just thriving here after devouring (heh heh) each story and growing so hungry at one point I had to stop and make soup.

Things To Know:
➢ They're not all contemporary OR fluffy. Haha. I just mention this because I assumed it would be the fluffiest lovely wholesome anthology and while some of the stories are...some are also kind hardcore. I loved it. LOVED the diversity of genres.
➢ It's all set in this street called "Hungry Heart Row" and I freaking loved this?! So all the stories are connected by setting and characters will appear in each. They interlock so majestically I have to stop and stare seriously at the authors and ask how did u all do this so seamlessly. MAGIC??? I assume so. Also I loved that there was this shy Latina girl who appeared in every story with magical baked good that would fix your life (10/10 to this concept) and then at the end it was her story!!! Seriously just the whole set up of the anthology was excellent.
➢ I'm just going to straight up say it: this is food porn. Lmao. It will make you hungry and it will describe dishes with such intricate respect that you will be ashamed for the time you ate that weird piece of chocolate that's probably been in your bag for 12 years. WAS IT MADE WITH LOVE aND SOUL AND MAGIC?? 👏🏻 it's not food
➢ The whole thing is most delightfully and incredibly diverse. I believe every story is #ownvoices and reps so many ethnicities. There are Chinese restaurants (with gang connections), a Muslim foodtruck with the best halal meals, a Native American restaurant with something sinister beneath the surface, a Latina bakery that may be magical, a black boy making soul food for a cooking contest, a Jewish deli, a Filipino shop with magic soup, and an Indian food blogger, and MORE....

I won't go through every story! Some left me a little eh. But my favourites were definitely...

Panadaría ~ Pastelería by Anna-Marie McLemore
Because bakeries ok and Lila was the softest shy thing who struggled with words so baked her feelings into cakes and hoped you could understand. Also there is the sweetest trans boy and a quiet love story. I just!!

Kings And Queens by Elise Chapman
Because ok I have a deep love of food AND crime stories and this combined them both. Also the plot twist at the end was freaking BADASS...and also chilling. It's about revenge, family, and Chinese food.

The Slender One by Caroline Tung Richmond
This one was just soft 😫💛It is about a boy who is just (nearly?) 15 and his family can see ghosts and he's scared it makes him too weird to the girl he likes (erm, am side-eyeing this girl). It just was really sweet and 10/10 would do anything for Charlie who is so polite to ghosts.

The Missing Ingredient... by Rebecca Roanhorse
Ok I put this here because I HATED IT aND IT FREAKED ME OUT lmao this is a recommendation by the way. I was just...here for a good time and I think you fully terrified me into avoiding restaurants with low star ratings. Also Native American magic.

The Grand Ishq Adventure by Sandhya Menon
This was about an Indian anonymous blogger who gives love advice and she does a challenge to go to restaurants by yourself to be brave. And dude, that is hardcore. Anyway, it was SUCH a Menon story and is super sweet. It was just nice. I stan.
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Reading Progress

October 4, 2018 – Shelved
October 4, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 26, 2019 – Started Reading
July 26, 2019 –
page 100
27.93% "the actual level of food love is exquisite and JUST what I hoped for 🤗i am so hungry rn though..."
July 26, 2019 –
page 200
55.87% "I love how delightfully fluffy and wholesome this is, with the occasional story squeezed in between that's like "MAIFA! REVENGE! MASS CRIME" or "HINTS OF MAGIC. HEY BUTCHER KNIFE. POTENTIAL CANNIBALISM."

July 27, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
July 27, 2019 – Shelved as: read-2019
July 27, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
July 27, 2019 – Shelved as: anthology
July 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Yusra  ✨ THANK U for putting this on my radar!! i cannot wait to read this now!

Solace_In_Reading ooh what did you think of Rin Chupeco's? I loved hers so much!

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