A Heart in A Body in the World

A Heart in A Body in the World

Book - 2018
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Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2018.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481415200
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm.


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FPL_JenB Nov 11, 2019

This book. My favorite so far by Deb Caletti. Beautiful writing and sharp insights combine to create a book I had a hard time putting down.

JCLBrittanyC Nov 01, 2019

In this novel, you are following Annabelle as she decides to run from Seattle
to Washington DC, crazy, I know! As you read, you are trying to figure out
what has pushed Annabelle complete this cross-country run. Many times, she
eludes to “the taker,” and recounts her past experiences with them, which
leads you to believe this run is her way of moving past recent trauma she has
experienced. With her Grandpa Ed following behind her in his RV, Annabelle
works through this trauma that she refuses to let defeat her. This was a very
inspiring and captivating story that kept me rooting for Annabelle the entire

JCLJohnK Aug 16, 2019

This book is beautiful. It's powerful. It's wise. It's unflinching. It's an honest examination of grief and the aftermath of tragedy. It also portrays the experience of being a young woman in our current world in a deeply affecting and empathetic way. This is an important work.

IndyPL_AnnaL May 09, 2019

This is one of the best teen books I have read in a long time. Annabelle begins her journey to run across America. She is running for a reason, and we find out why through multiple flashbacks. Annabelle has been through a traumatic experience and is trying to deal with it by doing something positive for herself, but it turns out she inspires the whole world.

JCLMeganK Mar 18, 2019

Annabelle's story is one of fiction, but I wouldn't have been surprised if it was a real story. Running across the country from Seattle to DC-2,700 miles- helps Annabelle process a traumatic event that rocked a community, and figure out how to accept support from the people that love her.

While this book centers around a specific type of trauma in Annabelle's life, the emotions she feels as a result are something anyone that has experienced trauma can relate to.
Annabelle struggles with guilt, and the idea that she should have known, she should have seen the warning signs before The Taker exploded. The reader is asked to face what they would have done in Annabelle's situation, and questions why this is such an issue in our society today. I loved this book because it serves as a powerful reminder that there may be support where you least expect to find it. Annabelle learns to find her voice, share her story and empower a nation all while learning her heart is stronger than she believed.

Nov 28, 2018

I'm decades (many) older than Annabelle Agnelli, but I couldn't put this book down as I identified with every emotion she felt, especially her vulnerability as a young woman, as she runs to try to recover from real trauma. I kept wondering "What happened? What's going to happen with Annabelle? Please, please get me to the ending!" And we don't find out what happened until almost the end, when I was in tears. This book simply has to be read!
There are also fascinating chapter headings about the heart that are simply amazing.

Sep 01, 2018

Annabelle is a girl who has experienced a trauma and the only thing that she can think to do is run. She’s a runner and she finds some solace there. She doesn’t want to ever stop running so begins a run across the country - 16 miles, a half marathon, a day.

I couldn’t help but to get caught up in her journey and her terror. Again and again she reminds us how women live in fear, are never safe in the world but she doesn’t try to come up with answers. She just runs. As she points out in a speech that she gives, she believed that danger would be taken care of by others like adults, those in power in society but it is not.

Her character is believable and engaging. That she can pull off the run across the country is hard to believe but somehow the author managed to pull me along with it. This is a book for our times and I strongly recommend it to everyone. As an adult, it was a satisfying read despite being labeled as YA.


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