A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the World

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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.

"This is one for the ages." -Gayle Forman, author of the #1 bestseller If I Stay
"A book everyone should read right now." -The New York Times Book Review
"A vital and heartbreaking story that brings together the #MeToo movement, the effects of gun violence, and the struggle of building oneself up again after crisis." -Elle
"Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful." -BookPage
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 30mm | 447g
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • f-c soft touch matte lam jacket with 5th color and spot gloss uv
  • 1481415204
  • 9781481415200
  • 363,299

Review quote

"Masterful... This is one for the ages." -Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

"Caletti's novel dazzlingly maps the mind-blowing ferocity and endurance of an athlete who uses her physical body to stake claim to the respect of the nation." -E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of Genuine Fraud and We Were Liars

"More than bittersweet... It will nestle inside your brain as well as your heart." -Jodi Lynn Anderson, award-winning author of Midnight at the Electric

"Remarkable." -Booklist, starred review

"A timely novel." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Powerful." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A moving novel centered on timely issues." -School Library Journal

"A moving, unfortunately timely, and gut-wrenching story that will stick with you." * Bustle * "This is, quite simply, a book everyone should read right now." * New York Times Book Review *
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About Deb Caletti

Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award; A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; Girl, Unframed; and One Great Lie. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and she was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. She lives with her family in Seattle.
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Rating details

7,786 ratings
4.31 out of 5 stars
5 49% (3,809)
4 36% (2,831)
3 12% (911)
2 2% (182)
1 1% (53)
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