When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger

When My Heart Joins the Thousand

Obviously I’m not what most people would describe as happy. But that has nothing to do with anything. Happiness is not a priority. Survival is.Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. Adjust, adapt. Pretend to be normal. It sounds so easy.If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she’ll be legally emancipated. Free. B...


Details When My Heart Joins the Thousand

TitleWhen My Heart Joins the Thousand
ISBN9780062656476
Author
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Rating

Reviews When My Heart Joins the Thousand

  • C.G. Drews
    1970-01-01
    So this was just super heartfelt and just GOOD. Also slow. I won't deny I found the pacing and lack of things happening a little tedious (but I'm the kind of person who finds sleeping tedious because I WANT TO MOVE; so take that onboard). But like altogether it's the kind of book I want people to read when they want to know how the world treats autistic people?!? It was quite good for the autism rep. (Finally, holy heck.) And there's also animals...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    1970-01-01
    I want to preface this review by saying that I am not autistic, not do I suffer from the disability that Stanley suffers from, and I can only speak as an outsider looking in; however, any and all own-voice opinions and reviews would be welcomed and I would be happy to boost your review if you DM me or drop me a comment! Why did everyone act like it was my fault when the other kids bullied me? Why was I always the one who had to change? Going int...
  • katwiththehat
    1970-01-01
    In this YA novel, Alvie, a girl with autism who works at a zoo and wishes to be emancipated, meets and falls for Stanley, a guy with a musculoskeletal disorder who’s in college and has recently suffered a loss. I really like the diversity represented in this one. Alvie and Stanley’s romance was sweet. There were places I wished the book moved faster. The book did a good job of presenting the viewpoint of characters with two differences, but a...
  • ✨ Kaira ✨
    1970-01-01
    Plot - 5Writing style - 5Characters - 5Romance - 5In which a seventeen-year-old girl met a nineteen-year-old boy in the park. Both have their own challenges in life. One was mentally challenged while the other one had an issue with bones. • Plot - to tell you the truth, the plot was somewhere between original and cliche. Sure, I've stumbled upon many plots that are parallel with this. However, what makes When My Heart Joins a Thousand remarkabl...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    1970-01-01
    Whoa! That was gut punch. Some tears were shed, but by the end, they were happy tears. This book provided such an interesting look at independence and finding one's self. This was quite an emotional journey, during which I shed many tears. But I can assure you, I was shedding happy tears by the end of this book.•Pro: I was such an Alvie fan. She was honest, to the point, and quite funny. She was a fantastic narrator, and I loved listening to he...
  • Jessica (novelcravings)
    1970-01-01
    Originally posted at NOVELcravings, review copy courtesy of Harper Collins.This is one of those books that upon finishing it, I hugged it tightly to my chest. And I know that it is undoubtedly one of the best books of 2018 and I wish more people were talking about it! The author had me fall in love with her characters, care greatly for their journey and put me through every emotion possible. It was both movingly beautiful and painfully heartbreak...
  • Misty
    1970-01-01
    I'm not sure how to review this book. I thought that it was a good read, but at times it seemed kind of over the top. You don't hear many 17 year olds living on their own and it seemed like Alvie was on her own since she was 15 with a full time job and her own apartment. I'm way older than her, have a full time job, but still can't live in my own apartment. She was doing pretty good for herself and then the last 100 pages, everything seemed to fu...
  • Madison
    1970-01-01
    When My Heart Joins The Thousand offers a beautiful insight into growing up and learning to accept your self.Alvie has only another year until she will legally be free - free from fear of being returned to the foster care system, free to continue living on her own terms, free from the continual assessment of others as seeing her as something different, something other. When a young man enters the sphere of her daily routine she is at first shaken...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    This book did an excellent job of making me care about its characters. Alvie is a 17-year old girl with Asperger's, and her journey is one that is emotional and awful and beautiful. I so rooted for her!I'm so glad that books like this one and TV shows like Atypical are depicting those on the autism scale who seem often misunderstood and mistreated. It feels like a small glimpse into their lives, and I appreciated this book's unflinching look ther...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    "Becoming too attached too quickly can be just as detrimental as solitude.""Love can make people irrational, cause them to behave stupidly and recklessly. Or worse. I don't associate love with safety or warmth; I associate it with fear, with losing control. With drowning.""I want to make him understand that the scars don't matter, the pain and fear doesn't matter, because he is my life mate and I know that in every cell of my body."Soundtrack: I ...
  • Thorn
    1970-01-01
    I'm so torn about this book as a disabled person. On one hand, there was some decent-ish disability rep, but on the other hand, some of it was stereotypical and my biggest issue that there's a loooot of internalized ableism that was not really appropriately dealt with and it just rubbed me the wrong way. :/
  • Kelly Hager
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this book. It's an unconventional love story between two imperfect people. Alvie is hard to like (she's not good with people at all) and Stanley is incredibly shy and both bear scars from their respective families. Life has not been particularly kind to either of them. And yet, they've managed to carve out their spaces in the world. When they meet, they manage to form a friendship that---of course, right?---becomes something el...
  • Carla A
    1970-01-01
    I found this to be a beautiful and difficult story. A tad of a fairy tale ending in a way but for me what makes this title so significant is that it really shows how easy it is to become homeless. Not difficult to see why so many foster kids (not that Alvie the main female protag is one but she is an orphaned emancipated - or about to be minor so kind of in a sub group) end up on the streets.
  • DaNae
    1970-01-01
    Two fragile people combine to create a stronger whole. Most honest romance I've read in years. Fans of Matthew Quick, have a look.
  • Mina
    1970-01-01
    "To me, she was always Mama. I never found out who she was outside of that. I'll never have the chance."
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    A beautifully told story, wow.
  • Rehan Abd Jamil
    1970-01-01
    Watership down.
  • Jamie
    1970-01-01
    Well that was equal parts beautiful and harrowing. As all good YA is, I suppose. That said, it's the third book I've read in 36 hours with a female first-person protagonist suffering from social anxiety or mental illness or autism or etc. I need a break.
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    It's been a couple of weeks since I finished this book, and I've been struggling to find the words to write this review. It's often easier to write reviews for books that are flawed, but harder to write reviews for books that I loved, especially when they touched my heart in such a unique way. When My Heart Joins the Thousand is one of those books.I feel like this book will fly under the radar this year, and this makes me wish that I had one of t...
  • Anne Oftedahl
    1970-01-01
    THIS IS SO GOOD!!I absolutely love the voice in this, and the overall story, and all the characteristics, and just... everything!Only thing I can pick on is the fact that, while Alvie is meant to be diagnosed with Asperger's, I'd say from her behaviour and thought process, and especially the thing about touch, that she's closer to Autism. I know Asperger's is on the Autism spectrum, and I am absolutely no expert, but as both my brother and one of...
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    1970-01-01
    ♥ Find my reviews here: Literary Meanderings- - -As a sort of disclaimer before this review: I just want to say that I am in no way able to review this as someone who personally understands either Asperger's or the medical condition Stanley suffers from, as I have neither. I can only review this book as an outsider looking in. :)That being said, I loved this book!Alvie was a lovely character. She is 17 years old and seeking emancipation so that...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    1970-01-01
    MY RATING: 4/5 STARSI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book guys. This book made ripped me open, exposed the ugliest bits of me, made me cry and laugh, made me feel, and made me everything. My Heart Joins the Thousand has got to be my favourite read this entire year so far and I know 2018 just started but I know it'll be a top favourite book of mine by the time December comes along. My Heart Joins the Th...
  • Celia Whimsy)
    1970-01-01
    This book...I don't even know where to start. It was everything you should read. I'm going to go ahead and say it is up there with my favorite books of the year so far.This book follows Alvie, a seventeen-year-old girl with Asperger syndrome living on her own awaiting the day when she can legally be called an adult. Going outside of her comfort zone, she strikes up a friendship with a boy who suffers from a condition called osteogenesis imperfect...
  • Jeanette
    1970-01-01
    I’ve been wanting to read more YA - a couple current things, lots of good ones from years past to catch up on - so I picked up this one, and damn, was it depressing and uncomfy from the very beginning. Throughout the story, this feeling softened as I grew to root for the characters, but part of me wishes there wasn’t quite so much trauma in there, or that we could have known more about the characters’ lives prior to when those tragedies too...
  • Angie
    1970-01-01
    I'm trying to think what other book I read recently that dealt with Asperger's and I couldn't STAND IT! Meanwhile, this book, where the main character also has Aperger's, was so much more intriguing, genuine, and I loved reading this book with her in it! And Stanley too, he was also great. Need a teen book that deals with mental health? This one. Rare bone diseases? This one. Zoos and treating animals humanely? This book. Unhealthy relationships ...
  • Caitlin Carnes
    1970-01-01
    Wow.This is a beautiful gut-punch of a book. It's a difficult read, for a lot of reasons, but an important one.The book itself is gorgeously written, made more so by Tavia Gilbert's stunning narration of the audiobook. I think everyone should read it in any format, but for a truly heartbreaking, immersive experience, I highly recommend listening to it. One of my favorites of 2018, for sure. This one will stick with me for a very long time.
  • Ruth Santiago
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book. At some points it felt slow through. But then the pace would pick up and then there would be tears.... I really found it interesting that the POV is from the vantage point of a woman with a disability that to me added a star.
  • Crazy Book Eater
    1970-01-01
    3,5.
  • Bookish
    1970-01-01
    Beautiful book that had me crying both tears of happiness and sadness. Alvie and Stanley will forever been in my heart <3