High school junior Izzy discovers that some secrets can’t stay hidden.
Isabella “Izzy” Crawford is caught in between worlds, from her interracial and interreligious family to her friendships with wealthy classmates at school and her outspoken, socially conscious best friend, Roz. Izzy describes herself as being able to pass for white like her deceased father; her Puerto Rican mother, Rita, and younger brother, Jack, cannot. New doors open for Izzy as she befriends Aubrey, the new girl in her a cappella group and sister of Hot Sam, a wealthy basketball player Roz obsesses over. As Izzy tries to figure out where she belongs, she is trapped in a whirlwind of secrets as her worlds inevitably collide.
Review of How To Build A Heart
Review (5 Stars): How To Build a Heart was a beautifully written story about a young woman trying to balance her family life while trying to fit in at her new school. Izzy’s family has moved multiple times and at her new school, she feels like she is finally able to fit in. She had joined the popular a cappella group and have been hanging out with the wealthy classmates that her friend, Roz, has been obsessing over. When her family gets an opportunity to have their own home, things may come crashing down around her because the secrets that she has been trying to keep may finally come to light.
I loved this book!!! Izzy was such a great character and I immediately connected with her as she tried to balance everything in her life. This story was thought-provoking, touching and you can’t stop rooting for this character. How To Build A Heart is an amazing story and one of my favorites this year.