Hearts & Other Body Parts

Hearts & Other Body Parts

A Novel

Book - 2017
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There are two new boys at Middleton High: Norman, who is eight-feet-tall and looks like he was put together after an accident, and Zack, the impossibly handsome transfer from Europe, and soon the three witch sisters, Esme, Katy, and Ronnie, are in an all out competition for Zack's attention--but Esme is also drawn to Norman, and he is the only one who seems to notice that students who go off alone with Zack seem to suffer from amnesia, or disappear entirely.
Publisher: New York, New York : Scholastic Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781338030730
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Hearts and other body parts

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Hearts and Other Body Parts revolves around sisters Katy, Esme, and Veronica, who are witches. Upon the arrival of two boys at school, their lives completely change. Norman is made out of mismatched body parts and towers over everyone at eight feet tall; nonetheless Esme develops feelings for him. Zach is a handsome transfer student from Europe and captures the gaze of almost every girl in school. Zach seems to have a very appealing aura, and even Esme finds herself falling for him. Esme, Katy, and Veronica soon vie over the attention of Zach, even resorting to using their magic against each other. Since the girls are busy feigning over Zach, Norman is the only one to notice that students who become close to Zach end up injured or missing altogether. Hearts and Other Body Parts is a captivating story about love, magic, and the true meaning of family.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. Whether it was witty remarks or the unpredictability of the story, it kept me hanging until the last page. However, I felt as if the romance portrayed in the story was a bit extreme, and therefore unrelatable. I think that the author focused too much on the “romance” between Zach, Norman, and the three sisters, and as a result failed to provide proper character development. Esme and Norman were well portrayed, but Katy and Veronica were very two dimensional. I did like how relatable Esme was, as her character faced the struggles of balancing her social life, relationships, and academics. I recommend this book as a light read for those who enjoy romantic tropes with a hint of fantasy.
- Arti

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