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Broken Hearts & Zombie Parts

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I loved the novel's focus on body image / identity -- not just Jesse's own, as every single character had their own struggles with that topic. Even that little "mystery" was so well developed, that it made me want to pick up Hussey's mystery novels.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. I'm currently not in the mood (or state) for to heavy and dark stuff, so I really appreciate books like this one. Really, this book was so incredibly cute and funny and sweet and heartwarming and painful and „I have hearts in my eyes“! The English audiobook picked up the mood of the story perfectly and Chris Nelson gave Jesse and everyone else so much character that I fell a little in love with his voice. This did fall into the same problem that I've had with other gay romance books, in that Jesse chased a guy who was so obviously unsuitable for him, while the obvious final love interest had to wait for him to notice him until a few chapters off the end.Maybe it is because it was roughly 400 pages which I find quite enthusiastic for a YA romance novel. As someone who has experienced open heart surgery at the very same age that our main character, Jesse, is, I can say without a doubt that this book literally opened my chest back up and looked at my heart before writing it all down on a page.

The plot points of the romance were predictable but very satisfying when they inevitably hit nonetheless. The main character, Jesse, is a gloriously nerdy, passionate, self-doubting teen, who just happens to be facing a very serious medical condition; something that is dealt with with sensitivity and good-humour without diminishing the range of fears and concerns that it brings up. The book definitely captured the fears of being a teenager and how certain things lose their importance when you are facing open heart surgery. He was lied to by nearly everyone and then treated like shit for questioning being lied to as if it was his own fault. Everything you could want from a YA book, great characters, zingy one-liners, and a swoony as heck romance.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. And while he is scared about the operation, what worries him most is the scar he'll be left with and that no one will ever find him attractive because of it.

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