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INTERESTING, BUT VERY ANGSTY 3.5 STARS
Reviewed in Australia on 31 July 2022
I haven’t read a narrative centring around young adults in ages, but Colleen Hoover made it interesting, focusing on the typical vulnerabilities of this demographic, as well as vulnerabilities particular to main characters, Beyah and Samson.
‘Heart Bones’ focuses on the theme of trust, acceptance and finding your place to belong (including people to belong to). It’s actually quite sad (angsty too) and confronting at times with various, personal, unseen challenges ... some overwhelming, secretive and dark.
The concluding chapters had me thinking, yeh I know where we’re heading plot wise, but there was a surprising twist that I wasn’t expecting. It all ended in a turbulent way, but with a healthy slice of hope. Why ‘Heart Bones’? Because if hearts break, they would need bones. Bones can heal, so hearts can heal, too. See – angsty as it gets.