About the Book
Author: Laura Geringer Bass
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Summary: There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious.
Find Her! it says. Be Your Own!
How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her grandpa can do is tell stories instead of being the “rock" she needs? When her not-so-normal home life leaves no time to pursue her dream of writing for the school literary magazine? When the first blush of a new romance threatens to be nipped in the bud? Forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm.
Briana has a very special relationship with her dad so when he suddenly passes away she is devastated, but Briana is convinced her dad is still with her and that he has a message to share. With her mom deeply depressed, Briana has little time to figure out what message her dad is trying to convey. She is now responsible for taking care of her little brother, who she blames for everything wrong in her life, and on top of that she learns her friends aren't really who she thought they were. Left feeling very alone, Briana forges new friendships and discovers a lot about herself along the way. She just might figure out dad's lesson after all.
The author is a gifted storyteller and through her use of vivid detail she allows readers to experience Briana's pain after the death of her dad. I enjoyed Briana's transformation as the story progressed and my heart soared when she finally discovered that everything she needed to survive her heartache was already within her, she just needed to open her heart and let it in.
Beautifully written, The Girl with More Than One Heart easily captures the hearts of readers. I highly recommend picking up a copy.