Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review & Giveaway: The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aquirre

THE SHAPE OF MY HEART Synopsis: 

Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school—only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney’s social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she’s made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore. 

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain—he’s been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it’s time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney’s the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything…because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves. 

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that’s ever been broken, there’s another that can make it complete.



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What I thought about The Shape of My Heart 
When Max has to go back home for a family funeral, he asks his roommate Courtney to come with him.  She agrees, and as she learns more about Max's secrets, she develops some strong feelings for him.  Feelings that go beyond their friendship, and since she's not sure he feels the same way, when they return to Ann Arbor, she stays away from the apartment. It's not a bad move for her, and she ends up joining a band and meeting some new people. But she still has feelings for Max.

Max is also feeling something for Courtney and instead of telling her how he feels, he tries to set her up with a guy. Good thing that first blind date was a disaster, because it's the impetus for Max and Courtney to finally share their feelings for each other.  Its' a great moment when they give into what they feel for each other, and then work through telling their friends and deepening their relationship.

All is good until Courtney takes Max home, and her secrets are revealed, and well, it's a heart-rending scene,with a whole load of emotion.  Really liked how this part of the book played out, as it's clear to everyonet that Courtney and Max belong together, if they could only forget the the assumptions they made about each other.

I really like this series. The characters are interesting and yet easy to relate to.  Their conflicts are the normal stuff--miscommunication, making assumptions, not talking to each other, and for me that's the charm of this New Adult series. I like these characters. There's diversity, too, but the dramas are not centered around their diversity and that's another reason I like this series.

If you like New Adult and haven't read this series, this is a good one in a quiet sort of way. Recommended.



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About Ann Aguirre:


Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.


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