ooMy Box-Shaped Heart is a powerful story of an unlikely friendship from Rachael Lucas, author of The State of Grace.
Published By: Pan Macmillan
Following a powerful story that has elements of true, relatable circumstances for most people, 'My Box-Shaped Heart' follows the unlikely meeting of Holly and Ed, both who feel like outsiders.
Holly, who's Mom is a hoarder, and Ed, who comes from a difficult background (#SpoilerAlert) both end up meeting at the one place they have in common: The swimming pool.
Yes, it has a (#SpoilerAlert) happy, feel-good ending. But my, oh my... I had to just take a deep breath and pause in between chapters. While it was an easy read, I felt so close to these characters in a lot of ways. Some of the things that left Holly questioning herself, some of the things that made Ed doubt himself... I've felt these too, and I'm sure that you have too.
And the insecurities and difficulties they face? Yes, well... You and I have probably experienced them too, at one point in our lives.
Author Rachel Lucas has found a topic that not many dare venture into, proving, once again, that you simply CANNOT judge a book by its cover.
I won't be going in to details, but 'My Box-Shaped Heart' is a reminder, in its purest form, that regardless of what you may be going through, what you may be experiencing; You are NOT alone and there are always people out there who are willing to listen, to help.
Staying true to the theme of 'true love', the story of Holly and Ed proves that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, regardless of how dark the nights may seem.
Based on it's relatability, and topic of choice, I'd give 'My Box-Shaped Heart' a 4 out of 5 rating.
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Holly’s mum is a hoarder, and she is fed up with being picked on at school for being weird . . . and having the wrong clothes . . . and sticking out. All she wants is to be invisible. She loves swimming, because in the water everyone is the same.
Ed goes to the swimming pool because everything else in his life has changed. In his old life he had money; was on the swim team; knew who he was and what he wanted. In his old life his dad hit his mum.
Holly is swimming in one direction and Ed’s swimming in the other. As their worlds collide they find a window into each other’s lives - and learn how to meet in the middle.