Hearts Unbroken

Hearts Unbroken

eBook - 2018
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Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2018
ISBN: 9781536202007
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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STPL_JessH Jun 17, 2020

Hearts Unbroken is a great book! There's no instalove, which helps, and the characters have sincere and deep relationships with their friends and families. When Louise makes mistakes, she reflects and genuinely tries to understand how she has hurt others even in the moments when she herself is hu... Read More »


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STPL_JessH Jun 17, 2020

Hearts Unbroken is a great book! There's no instalove, which helps, and the characters have sincere and deep relationships with their friends and families. When Louise makes mistakes, she reflects and genuinely tries to understand how she has hurt others even in the moments when she herself is hurting.

There are SO many important conversations in this novel, especially around what it means to use inclusive casting in theater productions. In addition, Smith adds another layer to the discussion as Hughie tries to decide whether he wants to perform in a play written by a man he knows was racist. Readers see the backlash play out as people defend L. Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz while leaving threatening notes for actors of colour.

Smith has crafted a brave and bold novel that tells part of her own life story. In fact, in the Thank You section, she notes that she could not have written this book a few years ago because the world wasn't ready. I am so grateful that Smith did indeed write this book. I hope it finds a grateful reader in you.

#ownvoices #diversereads #itsokaytoreadya #indigenousreads

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Oct 01, 2018

After breaking up with her jock boyfriend after he made insulting remarks regarding Native Americans, Lou, who is Muscogee, begins to navigate her senior year of high school with an altered social standing. She dives into her journalism class, eager to make connections and report for the school newspaper, when suddenly the school musical and its new inclusive casting direction, becomes the biggest story in town and threatens to divide the community.

Lou was great -- I loved that she moved with confidence and with what felt like an authentic teen voice, unlike a lot of waffling, simpering teen heroines frequently found elsewhere in contemporary teen literature today. The subject matter was handled sympathetically but without feeling heavy-handed. The writing was casual, occasionally to the point of feeling unpolished, but perhaps that will be fixed up prior to publication.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

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