A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

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 p...

Details A Heart in a Body in the World

TitleA Heart in a Body in the World
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Teen

Reviews A Heart in a Body in the World

  • 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 this book at BookCon because I didn't think I could relate to the running theme that I knew would feature heavily in this book. However, I'm glad the copy went to somebody else and I was approved on NetGalley because, man, I was wrong to think I could ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    As a voracious reader, I’ve read many stories over the course of my lifetime that have resonated with me deeply. But books like A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD, books that strike you in your very soul— those are much fewer and far between. This book contains one of the most important stories I’ve ever read. Every woman, everyone who has dealt with aggression and power and violence, will find this story all too familiar. It’s brutally hones...
  • May
    Wow.Sometimes, you come across things; people, places, music, films, and they move you in ways you can't even begin to articulate. This is one of those things.This is a book that will break your heart and stitch it back together. It begins with a journey; one of 2794 miles and a million emotions. In a spell-binding, and subtely climatic manner, Deb Caletti gives a voice to a group that have been silenced for far too long, in the form of Annabelle...
  • April
    I am still reeling at A Heart In A Body In The World by Deb Caletti and how much it made me think AND feel. If you want an excellent read, click here.
  • Ashley Blake
    Absolutely stunning.
  • Brandy
    A beautiful timely novel about finding yourself and overcoming tragedy. Annabelle, our main character decides to run 2,700 miles from her home state of Washington to Washington D.C. The story follows Annabelle through her journey while giving us snippets of Annabelle's memories of the tragedy that she is running from; the tragedy is not revealed until you almost reach the end of the story. The characters feel so real and Annabelle is such an insp...
  • Kristen Unger
    Goodness, this is a important book.A well-executed book.I’m sure every woman can pinpoint times in her life when what was intended as kindness was skewed and twisted into an invitation or permission from a man.We need to raise our sons to understand consent, to respond gracefully to rejections, big and small.We need to raise our daughters with the knowledge that they don’t owe anyone their time or pleasantries. We need common sense gun laws.T...
  • Bekka
    So there is some massively triggering content in this book, I'm going to put it under this spoiler tag in case you're wondering what it was and whether or not you can handle reading it. It's gun violence, by the way.(view spoiler)[Throughout the past timeline a boy makes Annabelle increasingly uncomfortable in his romantic pursuit of her. Eventually, it escalates when she gets back together with her ex-boyfriend. The boy, called The Taker, brings...
  • Jennifer
    Outstanding. Review to come.
  • Shayna
    It was kind of hard to gauge what exactly this book was going to be about when I picked it up. But I knew it was about running and running for a particular cause, and I figured it would be motivational. And it definitely is! It's a book that makes you want to be proactive, push yourself harder, and fight for something you believe in. I think the book definitely excelled in that area, and it's truly relevant to politics and current issues in the U...
  • Jennifer
    Wow. This was a one sitting, literally can't put this down read. Annabelle, who has been through a trauma that gets revealed in bits throughout the story, starts running from her home in Seattle towards Washington D.C. She is suffering from PTSD, but she has to do something to reclaim herself. This book is one of the most honest, real books I've ever read when it comes to the small ways girls and women are treated by males. We are taught to be sw...
  • Karin
    Timely and heart-wrenching, this novel finds high school senior destroyed by tragedy and attempting a cross-country run (WA>DC) to deal with the events of the previous year. Loving, Italian-American family relationships, beautiful writing, and a slowly unveiled backstory makes this a page-turner that simultaneously encourages you to linger.
  • Madison
    Achingly poignant and beautifully written, A Heart in a Body in the World is a book that everyone, man, woman and teen, must read. I truly do not have words adequate enough to describe both the importance and the beauty of this incredible story. It brought me to tears (multiple times), it had me on the edge of my seat, it had me raging at the world, and it had me smiling in hope and joy and hoping that maybe, just maybe, through stories such as t...
  • Makenna Fournier
    This was one of those books that I had picked up at work because we had it, but I hadn't even heard of it before I picked it up, so I really did not know what to expect. What I definitely did NOT expect was 1) how much I would fall in love with this book and 2) how much it would hit me like a semi truck at some points with emotions. This is Annabelle's story of both the present where she decides to run all the way from her home is Seattle to Wash...
  • Nicole
    The premise, the gorgeous cover, and Gayle Forman’s praise convinced me that I had to have this book. Now after reading the arc, I’m sad to say that this was not my cup of tea.I wasn’t a fan of the prose; the author was telling me how our protagonist, Annabelle, felt rather than showing me. For this reason, I didn’t feel connected to Annabelle. She was dull. Apparently she was supposed to be pretty, likable, and involved in her community...
  • Abby Fennelly
    From the first chapter, the reader understands that Annabelle once experienced a great tragedy that left her deeply traumatized. Then you discover that it was in the recent past. Then, Annabelle starts running. For me, one of the most amazing parts of this book is the way that you are taken on Annabelle's journey just by reading; as she crosses the United States on foot, discovering more and more about herself, the reader learns more and more abo...
  • Tara Pressley
    Annabelle is a girl who has experienced a trauma and the only thing that she can think to do is run. She’s a runner and she finds some solace there. She doesn’t want to ever stop running so begins a run across the country - 16 miles, a half marathon, a day.I couldn’t help but to get caught up in her journey and her terror. Again and again she reminds us how women live in fear, are never safe in the world but she doesn’t try to come up wit...
  • Vicki
    Timely, well-written, and engaging. Deb Caletti takes us on a journey of 2,700 miles from Washington state to Washington, D.C. with Annabelle Agnelli, a teen that has experienced a tragedy. She is running to escape, possibly running to Congress for her voice to be heard, and there just seems to be no other choice. She does run cross country at school, but besides this no real preparation, as she decides to do this in a moment of panic. The reader...
  • Sharon
    4.5 stars, 9th&upA year after a tragedy blew her life apart, Annabelle snaps & literally runs away from it all. Her physical & mental journey serve as a must read for teens. Highly recommended!A Heart in a Body in a World is the perfect combination of important topic & engrossing story. It contains so many topical issues, presented so well; there are no easy answers, just a push to get readers to think & question the status quo, the contrary & da...
  • Jennybeast
    Ok, so this is not my ideal genre -- emotions! boys! teen life! Contemporary stuff, no magic. That said: This is a very timely novel, about gun violence and the control of women. The tension of the story is masterfully drawn out over the course of the book -- who is Seth? Where is Kat? Is Belle going to jail? It lays out the details gradually like a line of treats. It's hard to put down, because tension, because Annabelle is a fully fleshed chara...
  • Tara Kenny
    I received an arc copy of this in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars. After all the hype I wanted to love this book. But in the end I found the read tedious. I am a runner myself, so some of the scenes and their inaccuracies grated on my nerves. But what I found most disappointing was ‘the tragedy’ the author was trying to give snippets about without revealing until the end. This was done in such a poor fashion that the story itself and...
  • Jacqueline
    Annabelle is running across country, trying to forget a tragedy. The tragic incident is a mystery which hooked me to keep reading. As the story slowly unraveled, I become immersed. This is a powerful book about a young woman who must come to terms with the unthinkable. It is also a well-worded warning about our lax gun laws. I hope this will be a YA book which finds a large audience among adult readers, too.
  • Amber
    Absolutely stunning. The care that went into crafting this story mirrors the healing process that any trauma survivor will find aching familiar. There’s anguish and guilt, but an immense hopefulness that kept me reading late into the night. This is a powerhouse of a novel with a powerful message that never feels like a sermon thanks to the raw, wholly real prose and the strength and depth of the characters.
  • Carrie Shaurette
    This was a little hard to get into at the start and I found the transitions between present and past to be a bit jarring. What a shame because I really liked the idea behind this book, particularly the exploration of the way young females are taught to be "nice" in order to avoid hurt feelings. This definitely got better as it went along and the ending was particularly strong.
  • Vanessa K Phan
    I was skeptical of this book in the first chapter, especially since I knew nothing about it, but oh my god this book BLEW MY MIND.I stayed up into the wee hours of the night to read this book because I was so hooked and man, I feel so lucky to have received an ARC of this at BookCon. I'll be reviewing this book at some point later on BookTube, but jeez. This book is amazing.
  • Lisa
    Annabelle wants to outrun “all creepiness, all powerlessness, all moments where you feel your fate in someone else’s hands.” In this beautiful book she runs and runs and runs... and she learns how to keep going and keep loving and keep hoping despite horrific trauma. A powerful read.
  • Becky
    For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10xMe...Annabelle needed to run. She needed to run away from her life in Seattle, she needed to run away from what her future holds, and she needed to run away from the violent event that forever changed her. Annabelle sets off to run from Washington state to Washington D.C. and try to move on from what happened to her but during her journey she will not only come to turns with her...
  • Erin Cogburn
    This story drew me in from the start. The narration grabs you and doesn’t let go. Annabelle Agnelli is haunted by a recent tragedy, and as she journeys across the US on foot, her story is slowly explained. We see her begin to let go of guilt and embrace hope again.
  • KHill
    If there was a rating higher than five stars, this book would get it. Too powerful for me to put into words just after finishing it, and I already want everyone in my life to read it. Definitely one to check out as soon as you can!