A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the World

When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?

So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her.

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.

Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come.

Title:A Heart in a Body in the World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781481415200
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About Deb Caletti

is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “Essential Maps for the Lost,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, followed


    A Heart in a Body in the World Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This book is beautiful and haunting and powerful and I’m just 😭😭😭 maybe I’ll come back to write a more coherent review when I stop crying but tonight is not that night. EVERYONE needs to ...

  • Tatiana

    A book for our time, and a well written one. Gun violence, violence against women, activism. I can see it capturing Printz committee's attention, even though I failed to love it. What I found the most...

  • Julie Zantopoulos

    "But she feels this in her heart and soul and with every searing and burning step: A crime must have a punishment and this is part of hers."I am kicking myself for not taking a physical arc copy of th...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.CONTENT WARNINGS: i...

  • Jane

    I don’t even have words for how vital and heartbreaking and inspiring this book is. This is probably one of the strongest, most well-crafted books I’ve read in such a long time. This was just incr...

  • Kelly

    An all-too-timely feminist YA novel about the ways toxic masculinity harms each and every one of us. Annabelle has been victim of (view spoiler)[ a controlling boy who believes she belongs to him and ...

  • Emily

    This is one of the strongest YA contemporaries I've read in a LONG time.Caletti's writing is lovely and accessible, but it never feels dumbed down. I think she's particularly strong at using language ...

  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)

    Annabelle was running away from her problems, literally running away from the issues that bothers her. So she sets foot to Washington D.C. despite the pain on her heels. It had been heavily emphasized...

  • Ari

    3.5 stars. I might set it to 4 after I think about it for a while.The story is actually really good (the idea behind it even better), I could relate with the main characters every now and then and I k...

  • Christy

    If you need me, I’ll be over here in a puddle for the rest of eternity. ...