The Heart is Not a Size

The Heart is Not a Size Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets She knows how to ignore things She knows that some things are better left unsaid Or are they When Georgia and her best friend Riley travel along with nine

  • Title: The Heart is Not a Size
  • Author: Beth Kephart
  • ISBN: 9780061470486
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets She knows how to ignore things She knows that some things are better left unsaid Or are they When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters village in the heat flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets She knows how to ignore things She knows that some things are better left unsaid Or are they When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters village in the heat flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a friendship and a life Certainties unravel Reality changes And Georgia is left to figure out who she is outside the world she s always known Beth Kephart paints a world filled with emotion, longing, and the hot Mexican sun.

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    1. I was super surprised and excited when I found a pristine condition copy of this book at my local go-to shop for super-cheap books. I started it almost immediately, and now that I'm finished, I have to say I'm disappointed. I've heard great things about this book. I wanted to love it. I wanted to be so moved by it so that I would need for other people to read it, and experience what I did. The Heart Is Not A Size had enormous potential to be absolutely amazing. It had the potential to be one of [...]

    2. I received an ARC of this book because I stood at the publisher's booth at ALA Midwinter and raved about Beth Kephart. I had a stack of ARCs after ALA, but this was the first I wanted to read, and I was not disappointed.Beth Kephart writes novels like a poet: every word matters as she creates a setting, characters, and plot. Particularly evocative are the scenes in Anapra, the village in Juarez, Mexico where Georgia, Riley, and other high school juniors and seniors from the Main Line suburbs of [...]

    3. I have very mixed feelings on this book. In some ways, I loved it. In others, I just really didn't like it at all. I love how Kephart creates wonderful settings and characters. Both Georgia and Riley are amazing characters. They aren't fake characters - they have problems, and they aren't afraid to admit that. The one thing that I really love about Kephart's characters is that they aren't all perfect. They know that they have physical flaws, and personality flaws, and they don't think that they' [...]

    4. Color explodes in Beth Kephart's The Heart is Not a Size, a story about true friendship. Pithy nuggets of food for thought weave through this well-written YA novel. The characters are real and the problems are many. I'm worriedI had to finish. I had to find out about Georgia and her friends. Kephart offers her readers, and her characters, hope. There are no easy answers in life. Here on this journey to Mexico to build a community bathroom in a squatters' village, readers mature along with Kephar [...]

    5. Beautifully written, as usual, but not as heartfelt as her other books, where the emotions are felt clearly. This one felt stilted, and underdeveloped. I was slightly disappointed, because it had so much potential, but didn't feel as real as the other ones.

    6. Title: The Heart Is Not A SizeAuthor: Beth KephartISBN: 978-0-385-34124-0Pages: 337Release Date: August 25, 2009Publisher: Harper TeenGenre: Young Adult FictionRating: 5 out of 5Publisher: Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid. . . . Or are they? When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters' village in the heat-flattened border city o [...]

    7. I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I picked it up. It turned out to be a good read but also one that left me frustrated. We know that Riley is anorexic, but Georgia never really says anything to anyone about it. I wanted her to be more of a friend towards Riley and let others know that she has a serious problem. As for Georgia's panic attacks, I didn't really see them as that big of a deal. She had four, I think, and this trip was supposed to cure her from that. They were brought up a [...]

    8. In a matter of pages Beth Kephart has you hooked, completely drawn in and begging to turn page after page of this beautiful novel. This is the story of Georgia and her good friend Riley as they travel to Juarez Mexico to discover where their hearts lie and how much they can hold. Somehow during this journey they discover that who they are is more than what others tell them, but how they care for the path they are given and those they meet along the way. Through this they find that the Heart trul [...]

    9. The heart is not a size; it has great capacity to expand and accommodate, as Georgia discovers during two weeks on a service project south of the border in Juarez, Mexico. She learned about the project during her routine perusal of the community bulletin board at the supermarket, and almost immediately decided that she and her best friend, Riley, were going along with a group of fellow teens to build a community bathroom in Anapra, a squatters' village just outside the city. As Georgia, Riley, a [...]

    10. Georgia, an introverted and studious high school junior, and her best friend, the whimsical and somewhat wild Riley, go on a service trip to Juarez, Mexico during school break with a handful of other students. While there, they learn about the life and hardships in this drastically different culture, but also face a dilemma in their lifelong friendship. Georgia, dealing with panic attacks, is concerned when she notices Riley’s newly developed Anorexia (which she is doing to make a point to her [...]

    11. Original review posted here: thebookpixie/2010ReviewThe Heart is Not a Size was a good read and I liked it but it was not quite as great as I was expecting it to be, I'm afraid.Georgia, though a likable character, was sadly not very memorable to me. Riley was more interesting and better developed but I found it hard to connect with her or even like her. As for the other characters, well, there were so many of them that you really didn't go to know them or see their own individual personalities. [...]

    12. “When you’re seventeen years old and you’ve never kissed a boy and you’re in all the honors classes, when you can’t stand the thought of sticking fingers into your eyes so you still wear glasses and not contact lenses, when you’re the middle child of three, you have what comes down to no choice. All the neighbors choose you for their cat sitting. All the summer camps want you as their aide. All the parents suggest to their kids; You should be friends with Georgia. I was what passed f [...]

    13. Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadTooBeth Kephart fans are not going to be happy with this review. Don't get me wrong, the book is terrific, but it isn't scheduled for release until the end of March 2010. It is definitely worth waiting for, though, so put it on your wish list.It seems that more and more one hears about teens going on work experience trips to underprivileged countries. There always seem to be fund-raisers going on and pledge drives to send someone or other [...]

    14. By all outward appearances, Georgia has everything going for her – she’s a good student, she’s responsible and she has her share of friends. Inwardly though, she struggles with anxiety, so when she notices a flyer looking for young people to travel to Juárez, Mexico to help the people there build community, she’s eager to go.Georgia convinces her parents that it’s okay and talks her best friend, Riley, into going with her. Upon arrival in Juárez, Georgia wonders what she’s gotten h [...]

    15. Beth Kephart has once again created a novel that moves you. This book held a special place in my heart because of all the trips I took in high school to places that needed help - Vancouver, Minnesota, West Virginia, and more. Georgia takes a similar journey to Mexico to help her overcome her panic attacks. While there, she finds out she is not the only one with a secret. Her best friend has a weighty secret that Georgia can't seem to get her to talk about. Will Mexico make a difference or will i [...]

    16. There is some beautiful writing in this book and excellent characterizations. Georgia decides to participate in Transformations - a trip to Juarez to start off a construction project for the inhabitants of a town that has sprung up in an utterly inhabitable place solely to house workers at a US based factory. Lots of big issue problems are sketched out. The real story is woven of the lives of Riley, Georgia's lifelong friend who is luminous in everyone's eyes with the eclipsing exception of Rile [...]

    17. I'm not sure how to rate this one, so I'll just forgo the stars. I love Kephart's writing--it's beautiful and fluid and starkly lovely. The settings of the story grabbed me especially. Georgia lives in a neighborhood I could easily identify--right on top of the Devon Horseshow grounds, where I lived for a few years post-college. All the details brought back such great memories. I thought the characterization was fairly well done, and yet the emotion was so underplayed that it frustrated me. Teen [...]

    18. There were at least two things that I felt like were too simplified, and, oddly, they were not the issues of the text. If the two key issues are Juarez and anorexia, then those are captured. I could appreciate what the author was going for by giving slices, not trying to capture the full extent of either. But, the question of friendship is not well developed, and in fact, for a young adult novel, I felt like it might even be oversimplified. Not just the main friendship, but the minor friendships [...]

    19. After Georgia reads an ad wanting teens to volunteer two weeks of their summer for a building project in Mexico, she talks her parents into allowing her to sign up. She also recruits her best friend Riley. As they get ready for their summer adventure Georgia notices Riley never eats and when she does it is usually just very small amounts. By the time they get to Mexico she realizes Riley has an eating disorder and when she confronts her friend their friendship is suddenly on the rocks. Meanwhile [...]

    20. The Heart is Not a Size was an alright read. It wasn't amazing or anything, but still worth your time.I loved the idea behind the plot. It was very thought provoking, but the issue I had was that I kept getting bored. None of the scenes really grabbed me and hooked me in. I loved Kephart's writing and how accurate all the descriptions were. I really enjoyed the ending.I really enjoyed the characters. Kephart did a wonderful job in writing a wide range of characters who were all very well written [...]

    21. The Heart is Not a Size is a quick read, but one that is filled with amazing imagery and prose. It is something that I am constantly impressed with by Beth Kephart, how she can capture so much beauty in her writing with just a handful of simple words.The story follows two best friends, Georgia and Riley, as they travel to Anapra with a group of fellow students and chaperone's to help build a bathroom for the small squatter village. While there, their friendship is tested as a result of keeping t [...]

    22. I was sort of disappointed with this one. I just picked it up off the shelf and brought it home, so I had no expectations for it, but even so it failed to deliver for me.The timeline was incredibly choppy, I had trouble telling if we were in the past or the present sometimes, even when it should have been obvious that what she was referring to was in the past, it was so random that I couldn't understand why she was inserting that, then. Also I didn't think that the characters were realistic, or [...]

    23. Beth Kephart has written a beautiful little story about friendship, self-discovery and seeing the beauty in everyday. It's a tale of exploration and personal growth.Georgia and her best friend Riley travel with nine other students to Juarez, Mexico. Their experience with helping the impoverished people of Juarez is a life-changing one. Both the students and the natives of Juarez are changed as a result of their working together.The book is well-written and emotional. Kephart expresses such beaut [...]

    24. Three words: amazing, incredible, amazingE HEART IS NOT A SIZE will be released in 2010, and it will be quite a wait for Kephart fans. The wait is worth it.HEART is a page-turner. It's difficult to put it down, and it has everything you could ever want from a book: brilliant writing, well-developed and likable characters, relatability (if that's a word), and hints of adventure and suspense. It's one of those books that you put down and don't have any words to describe how fantastic it is. It's b [...]

    25. Georgia and Riley have been best friends forever. They do everything together, including taking a summer trip to Mexico to help a rural village get back on its feet. Georgia has been suspecting that Riley has an eating disorder, but not until they are in Mexico does she confront her about her problem. And Riley's choice to ignore her problem could have devastating consequences for all involved.That paragraph made this book sound very intense. It's not. There's barely a plot and no drama involved [...]

    26. Georgia and Riley, two seventeen-year-olds who are best friends, decide to take a two-week “community building” and “character building” trip to Juarez, in Mexico across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas over spring break. [Kephart has been on one of these trips herself, and many of the episodes in the story are drawn from her own experiences.]Beth Kephart writes beautiful prose and compelling stories. Similar to Joan Bauer, she tackles issues that aren’t always pleasant in a way that [...]

    27. I really loved Undercover by this author (see my review here on Shelfari), but this one did not cast the same spell on me. The story of two best friends, each with their own secret problems and their mission trip to Mexico. Through the rigors of their work in the heat and amongst the poverty, they both come to realizations about themselves and the other. I thought this was a great idea, but just could not care enough about the characters or their relationships to stay interested. Honestly, I kep [...]

    28. The Heart Is Not A Size by Beth Kephart is essentially a snapshot in time. Georgia, the main character, is a junior in high school. She's this husky, solid girl who is prone to panic attacks. One day she sees this flyer for a humanitarian trip to Juarez, Mexico. She decides going to Mexico will solve her problems. She then decides to drag her BFF, Riley along. Riley, has some inner demons of her own to battle.Read the rest of my review here

    29. A group of teens go to an empoverished Mexican town to build a communal washroom. While there, they combat the regular teen issues (self-image, eating disorders, panic/anxiety) and learn about the different culture. The only thing was, there were so many different characters that I didn't really feel any emotional connection to the members of the group, other than the main three. And even with those, there wasn't much there. It seemed a little typical, and almost left off without a real ending. [...]

    30. This is the story of Georgia, her best friend Riley,their trip to Juarez, Mexico, and the transformations that take place there. Riley is anorexic, and Georgia has struggled in keeping her best friend's secret. At the same time Georgia has her own secret, although not as life threatening. She often as panic attacks. After answering an ad to participate in a construction project for teens across the border, Georgia and Riley venture to Mexico. This novel is beautifully written, although a bit too [...]

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