Where The Heart Is by Jo Knowles

Book Review #542

Title: Where The Heart Is

Author: Jo Knowles

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Genre: Middle Grade

Format: Paperback

Source: Pansing

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

Pages: 304

If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity.

It’s the first day of summer and Rachel’s thirteenth birthday. She can’t wait to head to the lake with her best friend, Micah. But as summer unfolds, every day seems to get more complicated. Her “fun” new job taking care of the neighbors’ farm animals quickly becomes a challenge, whether she’s being pecked by chickens or having to dodge a charging pig at feeding time. At home, her parents are more worried about money than usual, and their arguments over bills intensify. Fortunately, Rachel can count on Micah to help her cope with all the stress. But Micah seems to want their relationship to go beyond friendship, and though Rachel almost wishes for that, too, she can’t force herself to feel “that way” about him. In fact, she isn’t sure she can feel that way about any boy — or what that means. With all the heart of her award-winning novel See You At Harry’s, Jo Knowles brings us the story of a girl who must discover where her heart is and what that means for her future.

Where The Heart Is by Jo Knowles is a story about a family who has to go through a crisis together and how life hit them hard one summer. It’s also a story about friendship, identity and how a boulder may seem like the end of the world but as it starts to settle down, it’s not all that bad after all.

I didn’t really like this book as much as I didn’t really find anything too extraordinary about it. It just seems as though I was reading someone’s own personal experiences and pretty much like reality. It made it a bit hard for me to distinguish between fiction and real life as both parallels are pretty much the same right now.

The plot was okay and it wasn’t really that bad. I’m not even that entirely sure how it could even possibly be better. But overall, it tells the readers the true meaning of where the heart is and it doesn’t necessarily indicates something. It can also be someone and for this book, it’s Rachel’s family.

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