Hearts Unbroken Reader ´ 304 pages

Book ß Hearts Unbroken Î Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hearts UnbrokenTs long held prejudices are being laid bare and hostilities are spreading against teachers parents and students especially the cast members at the center of the controversy including Lou’s little brother who’s playing the Tin Man As tensions mount at school so does a romance between Lou and Joey but as she’s learned “dating while Native” can be difficult In trying to protect her own heart will Lou break Joey’s Rating 35 StarsWhen the new drama teacher embraces color blind casting for the school's production of The Wizard of Oz sparks fly in Louise's small town and she makes a point of getting to the bottom of it and using her voice to challenge those opposed to the casting choices that were made and threatening her family• Pro Louise was a great protagonist I loved how fully she embraced her personal identity and was comfortable with it even when it could cause conflict for her She was proud of her heritage fiercely loved her family and would challenge those who attacked either of those two things • Pro I grew up and still live in a diverse neighborhood but I personally knew only one Native person A book like this is important because not only does it represent an extremely underrepresented group of people but it reminds those who are not part of that group how damaging things which seem innocuous can be to other people • Pro The Wolfe family was wonderful They had such a strong bond to one another and it was such a pleasure to spend time with Louise's immediate and extended family The warmth love and unfailing support they gave each other was the sort of thing I love seeing in YA families • Pro The controversy surrounding the color blind casting was very relevant and I thought it was an interesting way to incorporate the exploration of racism into the story The incorporation and handling of social issues was where I thought the book excelled Smith did a great job shedding light on many things and left me with many things to think on • Pro Hughie was such a sweetheart His enthusiasm fear and disappointment radiated from the page He was probably one of the most vibrant characters in the book My heart broke for him but he showed just how mature he was via the many choices he made • Pro The growth Louise experiences over the course of the book was also well illustrated in her acknowledgement of her mistakes and flaws and the way she attempted to atone for past missteps Overall Another reminder that although we have evolved a lot as nation we still have a long way to go ARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

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Friends and working on the school newspaper The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz the ambitious new photojournalist and in no time the paper’s staff find themselves with a major story to cover the school musical director’s inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white middle class Kansas town From the newly formed Parents Against Revisionist Theater to anonymous threa This was a fun one Cynthia Leitich Smith created a YA novel with a ton of heart a breezy writing voice and teens who are way too pithy for their years which I see as a lively departure Louise was such an original character and I loved how Leitich Smith unpacked her background and created such a rich environment around herThere were two things I struggled with in here First the chapter lengths were uneven and some were super long while others were maybe half a page which made it hard to get in a rhythm sometimes; it also meant a few plot points were either too abrupt or too drawn out Second there were a lot of characters to keep track of; I had to circle back not infreuently to make sure I understood who people were and how they related to the plotI definitely recommend Hearts Unbroken though for YA fans who want something sweet and a little different This one's around 35 stars for me

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Hearts Unbroken Reader ´ 304 pages  New York Times best selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith turns to realistic fiction with the thoughtful story of a Native teen navigating the complicated confusing waters of high school — and first loveWhen Louise Wolfe’s first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her she breaksNew York Times best selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith turns to realistic fiction with the thoughtful story of a Native teen navigating the complicated confusing waters of high school and first loveWhen Louise Wolfe’s first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her she breaks things off and dumps him over e mail It’s her senior year anyway and she’d rather spend her time with her family and Thanks again to Candlewick Press for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The premise of “Hearts Unbroken“ sounded amazing We have Louise Wolf our female main character who is a Native teen trying to deal with high school and the problems that come with first love She’s a confident girl who doesn’t take shit from her boyfriend when he insults Native people in front of her and just dumps him via email also because she’d much rather spend time with friends and family or on the school newspaper anyway When I first read the synopsis of this book I knew immediately that I wanted to read it and hoped it would be as good as I thought it would be But unfortunately books sometimes just don’t live up to their synopsisI want to start with what I liked about “Hearts Unbroken” before I get into what bothered me about it and lead to my low rating First of all this book deals with such an important and interesting topic that we just don’t see a lot in literature I loved how the main character her family and other characters were Native Americans As a European I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about this group of people that unfortunately is just so underrepresented in literature and I really enjoyed learning about their culture Second of all this was also such a uick read I pretty much flew through it and if I’d had the time to just sit down and read it in one go I think I could’ve easily finished it in under three hours But that’s already everything that I had on my list of positive things about “Hearts Unbroken” and everything else about this book was pretty disappointing My biggest problem with this novel was definitely the writing This may sound harsh but if this hadn’t been an ARC I don’t think I would’ve ever read the novel because at the end of its first page I already knew that the writing just absolutely wasn’t for me “Hearts Unbroken” was very poorly written which I think was also the main reason why I just never really got into the storyFurther I also really disliked how short most of the chapters were Usually I’m someone who definitely prefers shorter chapters over long ones but Smith just often tended to end chapters at very important points and just threw the reader into a completely different scene which really interrupted the reading flow Also the chapters that were longer were usually just longer when Louise did interviews for the school newspaper and while I found some of her articles uite interesting I often felt like I was just reading someone’s summary of their journalistic work instead of a proper novel about Louise’s life One last thing I then really had a problem with concerns the characters in this book Firstly there are way too many characters in this novel In almost every chapter new characters that ultimately aren’t even important to the story are introduced and at the end of the book I still hadn’t fully understood who was who Secondly there was also zero character development for many of the main characters in this book which was uite sad because I feel like if Smith hadn’t added uite as many characters to the book she would’ve easily had time to focus on those that were important for the actual story the novel tells So altogether this was a book that deals with a very important topic but that is just very poorly written If this had just once again been about some random topic you find in so many other YA contemporaries I would’ve without a doubt only rated this one star But due to the premise of this novel and because I definitely learned some interesting things while reading it I decided to give it 2 out of 5 stars instagram || my blog || twitter