Each heartbeat leads Joss closer to a shocking truth that will change everything.
Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.
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Heart in a Box
This latest YA gem from Catherine Stine was entertaining and, at times, touching. I was intrigued by the mystery about the main character's family, and I thought her romance with her boyfriend was sweet, and a little spicey, too. I liked reading about a young woman who had a physical reaction to a boy in a way that was natural and empowering. New York City and its unbelievable diversity was also one of the stars of this novel. This is a great book for teens.