Hearts & Other Body Parts

Hearts & Other Body Parts

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition
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There are two new boys at Middleton High: Norman, who is eight-feet-tall and looks like he was put together after an accident, and Zack, the impossibly handsome transfer from Europe, and soon the three witch sisters, Esme, Katy, and Ronnie, are in an all out competition for Zack's attention--but Esme is also drawn to Norman, and he is the only one who seems to notice that students who go off alone with Zack seem to suffer from amnesia, or disappear entirely
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781338030730
Branch Call Number: Fiction BLOOM,I
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Hearts and other body parts


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Jun 30, 2018

Originally I thought this book would have a Beautiful Creatures kind of vibe but it ended up feeling like cheap version of Twilight. Characters are complex, relatable, and interesting to read about. The fantasy elements in this book are cool and it has truly comedic moments, but I felt like the genre of monsters in high school is way too overdone and if you’re even going to attempt that genre you better be bringing something unique and mind blowing to the table.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book combines gore and fantasy as it chronicles the story of three sister witches Esme, Katy, and Ronnie as they fall in love with the same wild and mysterious boy - Zack. However, they soon realize that he is not what he seems and that he might be hiding secrets of his own. This story reveals the true experiences of teenagers looking for love as well as the absolute magical effect of demons and witches combined with real life. Although corny and somewhat ridiculous at times, the outrageousness of this tale makes it more entertaining than it would have been otherwise. I would rate this book 3/5 stars and recommend it to those who are interested in a magical/make belief world as well as true to life teenage romance.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Hearts and Other Body Parts revolves around sisters Katy, Esme, and Veronica, who are witches. Upon the arrival of two boys at school, their lives completely change. Norman is made out of mismatched body parts and towers over everyone at eight feet tall; nonetheless Esme develops feelings for him. Zach is a handsome transfer student from Europe and captures the gaze of almost every girl in school. Zach seems to have a very appealing aura, and even Esme finds herself falling for him. Esme, Katy, and Veronica soon vie over the attention of Zach, even resorting to using their magic against each other. Since the girls are busy feigning over Zach, Norman is the only one to notice that students who become close to Zach end up injured or missing altogether. Hearts and Other Body Parts is a captivating story about love, magic, and the true meaning of family.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. Whether it was witty remarks or the unpredictability of the story, it kept me hanging until the last page. However, I felt as if the romance portrayed in the story was a bit extreme, and therefore unrelatable. I think that the author focused too much on the “romance” between Zach, Norman, and the three sisters, and as a result failed to provide proper character development. Esme and Norman were well portrayed, but Katy and Veronica were very two dimensional. I did like how relatable Esme was, as her character faced the struggles of balancing her social life, relationships, and academics. I recommend this book as a light read for those who enjoy romantic tropes with a hint of fantasy.
- Arti


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