Heartache and Other Natural Shocks - Glenda Leznoff

I was pleasantly surprised by how this book turned out and I adored the dynamic between Jules and Carla, the main characters, and between them and Ian.

Leznoff did a fantastic job of characterizing, especially of the families. Jules's family was very Jewish and Carla's very Italian and I loved seeing this play out, especially when Carla's family had Italian wisdom to share.

The ending wasn't what I'd hoped for, but it was better than what I had hoped for and I was immensely satisfied. I think that this book has a better subtle message than most YA books and in that regard, I was very pleased. I want to make my little sister read this book in a few years!

I loved that half the book was told from Carla's perspective--instead of being the typical popular girl, we saw a lot of her insecurities and feelings and she felt like a real person instead of the mean girls I often see in YA books.

The plot wasn't too complex, mainly centering around Jules's move and family as well as the influence Ian had over both of their lives. While I loved Jules's independence and how she stayed true to herself, the events in Carla's life also felt very true and I enjoyed her sections as much.

Leznoff's writing was easy to follow and really enjoyable to read. This was a great book and I look forward to more by her.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.