How to Build A Heart

How to Build A Heart

Book - 2020 | First Edition
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Izzy Crawford's family has been selected for a new home by Habitat for Humanity, near where the very attractive Sam lives, but just when her neighbor and best friend needs her most.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin,, 2020
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781616208493
Branch Call Number: Y PAD
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm


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JCLMegB Apr 11, 2020

It’s not uncommon for a 16 year old to feel self-conscious. But for Izzy Crawford, keeping what she perceives as embarrassing things about her life secret has become second nature. Izzy attends an all-girls Catholic high school on a scholarship and hides from her classmates that she lives in a trailer park with her mom and little brother. Izzy conceals her hangouts with her troublemaking best friend Roz from her mami since she considers Roz to be bad news. When Izzy begins falling for Roz’s crush, public school heartthrob Sam, Izzy’s secrets and lies all begin to blur together. Then, as if life wasn’t complicated enough for the teen, her family is chosen for a Habitat for Humanity house. Habitat wants to put photos of Izzy’s family on fundraising mailers and Izzy puts her foot down, knowing that that photo would blow her cover and advertise to the whole county that she’s poor. But as her family’s housing situation becomes more dangerous and her relationship with wealthy Sam becomes more serious, Izzy can see that the parts of her life she’s kept under wraps will unravel in one way or another.
This book explores numerous sensitive themes like racism, poverty, domestic violence, addiction, and death with grace and realism. I have yet to read a YA book where a character goes through the process for a Habitat for Humanity house and I found that aspect of the book unique and true to life, having worked with Habitat myself in the past. Author Maria Padian weaves a realistic, sometimes painful, tale of the struggle to be honest when one feels ashamed. A worthwhile read in every sense!
Readers be advised that this book depicts graphic scenes of domestic violence.

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