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A Heart in a Body in the World
A Heart in a Body in the World | Deb Caletti
A girl tries to outrun her demons in this searing, universal novel about the impact of gun violence, everyday sexism, rape culture, and internalizingand overcomingguilt from National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti. When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run? So thats what Annabelle doesshe runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. Shes not ready to think about the why yet, just the howmuscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she cant outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the personThe Takerthat haunts her. Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isnt her fault, but she cant feel the truth of that. Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, shell finally face what lies behind herthe miles and love and lossand what is to come.
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michelepedone
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Wow! What a great book! Very pertinent to today's society and issues we all can relate to. I would recommend this to any middle school or high school girl- such a good read that will leave you thinking even after you finish. ❤❤❤

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GirlNamedJesse
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This audiobook was amazing! I spent the last hour or so crying on and off because it was awful, but also fist-pumping-in-the-sky freaking awesome! I‘m going to be thinking of Annabelle‘s story for a long, long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Court7
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Wow...just wow.

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GirlNamedJesse
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Starting our Teen Book Club book for Summer Reading on audio. Narrated by Julia Whelan, one of my auto-listens! Loving it so far!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Gave this to one of our voracious 6th grade readers. She came back the next day & said our parent book club should read it. I said we would if she came & led the discussion. She did & it was one of the most raw, honest discussions we‘ve ever had—more than one person said they wished they‘d had this book as a young person. A great book with a powerful message...You are not to blame, are not at fault, are not responsible for someone else‘s actions.

LiteraryinLititz It‘s so cool that your community does that. 7mo
GondorGirl I love both this book and your comments about it! 7mo
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imabusybee
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5 stars! I loved this.

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imabusybee
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The best thing about oral surgery I get to read all day, everyday for a week.

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s a positive attitude. Hope everything heals up fast! 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Years ago we started a YA book club for parents so they can read what their kids are reading. Also to showcase the depth & breadth of quality writing available to young people today. Every year we make sure to include students in 1-2 meetings. This spring we‘re adding another—a student told me the book club should read the tagged book. So we are & she is coming to lead the discussion. I love being part of a passionate reading community!

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I haven‘t cried reading a book in a long time, but this one was so powerful and moving. It is an all-too-familiar look at how young girls carry so much on their shoulders, and the way boys can be wonderful allies but also so very toxic. I am also partial to a book about long distance running, gun reform, and beautiful scenes set in my two homes: Seattle and Chicago. It‘s like it was made for me, but I think it‘s required reading for EVERYONE.

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This book grew on me (in the best way possible!). Annabelle just begins running, fleeing from a tragedy. For the longest time, we don't know what the tragedy was--there's TONS of suspense, and I wasn't sure for a while if I was okay with the gaping hole the mystery of the plot left in the book. Ultimately, though, the power of that absence took over, and I was moved and so, so empathetic with Annabelle's situation. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod She's doing everything she can both to move on from the tragedy that took over her life AND to make a change in the world as a result of that tragedy. Annabelle's family (particularly her grandfather Ed) is fabulous, and I loved the way they supported her and still struggled with letting her go as she tried to do what she felt she needed to do to recover. Powerful, important novel. 9mo
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9 // A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD // “Oh, every person is a book with chapters. Some are glorious and some are dark and ugly. Every person survives something. We should get a patch for it.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#aheartinabodyintheworld #jessicareads2019

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GondorGirl
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Annabelle is running 2,700 miles cross country to escape something bad that happened. That's all you know when you're starting the book, and that's all I'm telling you now.

This book is about the girl who says yes to a date because she's afraid to say no. This is about the girl caught between always being nice and standing up for herself. This is about the girl who sees the warning signs but doesn't know what to do.

This is about all of us.

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GondorGirl There were several points when I had to pause the audio book, because it felt like I'd been punched in the stomach. It left me raw, and gutted, and angry. Half way through the audio I ordered myself a physical copy. 10mo
GondorGirl Read it. Seriously. I don't care if you don't typically read YA fiction. This one is worth it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 10mo
kgriffith Oof. This sounds like one I should read and will be glad I‘ve read afterward but I don‘t know if I have the capacity for it in the winter at least. 10mo
GondorGirl @kgriffith There are enough lighter moments (specifically between Annabelle and her family) that keep it from being completely crushing... but it is still a heavy book. 10mo
kgriffith @GondorGirl good to know. I‘m adding it to my LibraryThing wishlist so I don‘t forget it, for sure. 10mo
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mirsophie
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My first audiobook of the year is finished. This was a great book to start the year off with. I really liked the unique way the author combined facts about the heart with Annabelle's trip and healing as she ran from Washington state to Washington D.C. I also really enjoyed Annabelle's relationships with the other characters especially her grandpa Ed and Luke.

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Between-the-Shelves
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"Books make you feel things hard. They hit the tender spots."

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MaggieCarr
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When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run? From Seattle to D.C., from broken to a path of healing.
"She walks to the microphone, which is tilted too high. The faces look at her, and she looks at them, and then she is honest. She remembers that everyone has a story. That the people in the audience have likely felt grief and confusion and powerlessness." 14+

"People plus people plus anger is how things can change."

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Cakeypal

She has missed books, but she‘s afraid of them, same as music. Books make you feel things hard. They hit the tender spots. . . Books were dangerous.

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Kelly
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That. Last. Line. 🔥

Linsy 🧡 8mo
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Kelly
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Starting this now ❤️

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