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Review: Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

“You can fill your life with nice things, but nice things don’t fill the holes in your soul.”

“What fills the holes in the soul?”

Samson’s eyes scroll over my face for a few seconds. “Pieces of someone else’s soul.”

Name: Heart Bones

Author: Colleen Hoover

Type: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Colleen Hoover knows how to write about grief and love like a pro. If you have been following me for a while you know that I can read Hoover's phone notes or grocery shopping list and probably fall in love with her writing. She makes cliches into magical stories, and normal human beings into works of art.

Heart Bones can be considered a coming of age story. It narrates the story of Beyah after her mother passes away for drug abuse and leaves her under the care of her absentee father. She has to move her whole life to another state where the father she really doesn't know lives with his new wife and new daughter. One of the aspects that I really enjoyed in this story was the atypical inclusion of a loving step mother and step sister. I have read so many stories where the main character joins the family only to be hated and disrespected, Hoover created a strong family presence for Beyah. And although she had a lot of issues to solve with her father, they were not bad parents and they actually had a good family structure.

Heart Bones is another one of Hoover's successful stories because of the thematic elements that can be found in her writing. As usual, what begins as a normal run of the mill story takes a turn with all the message that Hoover decides to include. What started as a romance and coming of age story turned into a critique of the American legal system. How people born into poverty need to do what they can to survive, and how sometimes being stuck in iffy jobs is the only way to survive. It talked about betrayal and heartbreak and the ability of hearts to break and come out more resilient than the last time it was broken.

The story was inspiring, and incredible to read. From Beyah's growth, there were times where she couldn't forget her past and that sometimes made the readers so mad as she was trying to separate herself from all the good in her world. As well as the blooming romance that works more as a message and a critique of society and of love.

Like always Hoover fails to not amaze me with her wonderfully built characters and story lines that deal with the heaviness of topics.

"People sometimes still drown in the shallow end,” he whispers."

-- 5 stars --