Heart in a Box

Heart in a Box

by Catherine Stine


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ISBN-13: 9781939590633
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2015
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Heart in a Box 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BBuchGrimes More than 1 year ago
Heart in a Box is a beautifully written book that should be a must read on any YA list. It's a story of a teenager trying to find her identity which is a theme that feels familiar to every teen. Joss, the main character not only deals with the typical teen relationship issues - friends who aren't always loyal or act judgmental and turn their backs on you, a boyfriend who may or may not be committed and etc...but she also has to sometimes play parent to her own addicted mother, and she knows nothing about her father since her mother refuses to tell her anything about him and even gets hostile when the subject comes up. It's no surprise then that honesty becomes a major theme in the book: being honest with her friends and boyfriend, getting her mother to be honest with her, and ultimately being honest with herself. Joss finds strength and determination to navigate a myriad of mysteries and half truths in order to finally figure out who she is and what she has to offer. Stine's writing has developed a depth and color that is so enjoyable to read - even to those of us who are not teens. I thoroughly enjoyed Heart in a Box and would recommend it to anyone of any age.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
When she is seventeen, Joss transfers from a Manhattan prep school to a Brooklyn public school, where she promptly falls in love-at-first-sight with William Torres and befriends the wild, blonde beauty Katya. Joss's Nordic mother is unconventional, to say the least, but she doesn't want Joss to follow in her wild ways and is very secretive about Joss's father. The only thing Joss knows about him is that he was Indian, and the only thing of his that she has is a hand-made, painted box. Joss makes a box of her own - a heart-shaped box - as part of a school assignment, and then she can't stop making them. This obsession sets Joss off on a quest to find out more about her father - in order to find out more about herself. Joss is an extremely likable main character, with an interesting and touching story to tell. The author gives us an insight into the Nordic, Indian, Puerto Rican, and Russian cultures through the cast of ethnically-diverse characters, each of which could have a book of their own (hint, hint, Catherine); I'd love to learn more about William, Katya, Leela, and Trenton, as we are only given a glimpse of them through Joss' eyes. The author maintains a nice balance between sentiment and humor throughout, and the cute chapter titles add to the quirky charm of this book. Charming and heart-warming, "Heart in a Box" will leave you wanting more. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/heart-in-a-box-by-catherine-stine.html