The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart (HarperTeen, March 30, 2010), 256 pages

Seventeen-year-old Georgia is pressing. She’s pressing down the black wings beating in her chest, suppressing the knowledge that something’s wrong with her best friend, Riley. Pressing through and against that time of life when you’re not quite grown up but no longer a child, either. When she sees the opportunity to go to Juarez, Mexico for two weeks — with her best friend but sans parents and sometimes-annoying-but-always-running younger brother — she seizes it.

Kephart’s writing sings a quiet, contemplative song, a song vividly conscious of the world around it (as is Georgia, who lives behind a camera for part of this book).

I see myself so clearly in the character of Georgia. Her timidity and determination, her responsibility and observation. The Juarez setting was well-drawn, lovely.

The Heart Is Not a Size is gorgeous in every respect, I love it!

This is the second book I’ve read by Kephart, but it’s certainly not the last. As I said in my review of her Nothing but Ghosts, I want to read everything she’s written.

If you’re not reading Kephart yet, why not? You should. I say that not to create a sense of obligation, but rather because I sincerely believe you’re missing out if you haven’t read these books. Just 11 days until this one comes out.

About the author
Beth Kephart is the author of 12 books. The Heart Is Not a Size is her fourth YA novel. She is the strategic planning and writing partner of a boutique communications firm in Pennsylvania.

Other reviews
Book Crumbs
Read What You Know
Em’s Bookshelf
Reading Junky’s Reading Roost
Bookworming in the 21st Century

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I read an early copy of this book and then passed it on to the next reviewer as part of the Traveling ARC blog tour.


12 responses to “The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

  1. Can’t wait to get my copy!

  2. I just got this yesterday and can’t wait to read it. I love Beth’s beautiful prose.

  3. I don’t have this one yet, but I LOVED Nothing but Ghosts and I have Undercover up for next month.

  4. “Kephart’s writing sings a quiet, contemplative song . . .” How can I not want to read her after that thought? I actually have Nothing But Ghosts and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Thanks for this reminder.

  5. I am going to tell you something, and this is the truth. Someone mentioned to me that you read HEART already (you are so fast!) and my heart started pounding with worry; would you like it, I wondered.

    I seriously could not come over here….. And then I had to.

    And now I thank you.

    So much.

  6. Great review Hannah! I really loved this one.

    You must read Beth’s short story in No Such Thing as the Real World…I think you’ll love it, it’s so very beautiful.

  7. Wonderful review. I really need to read Kephart. I think I may start with Nothing But Ghosts,

  8. I really enjoyed this book – I absolutely loved Georgia too! Great review!

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