Beth Kephart has been on my authors I want to read list for years. Even though I this book was the first of hers I've read, I'm often intrigued authors who write in multiple genres.
The Heart is Not a Size is a novel told in two parts. The first half of the novel tells the story of Georgia and her best friend Riley. Georgia sees a flyer promoting a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico, and she convinces Riley to go with her. The second half of the book explores their time in Mexico.
Kephart infuses Georgia with observations and realizations of a somewhat omniscient narrator, but this duality actually works. Kephart's writing is deceptively simple. She writes beautifully, and action occurs in between words and sentences as well as in them. Kephart's writing will enchant readers of all ages. Technically it's young adult fiction, but really it's a novel narrated by a teenage girl. This novel deals with some serious subject matter, but it doesn't dwell on it. It's not a book about an issue. It's a representation of these characters lives through the lens of a gifted writer.
I'm certainly glad I read my first Beth Kephart novel, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her fiction and nonfiction. I'm also looking forward to meeting her at Book Blogger Con. You can check out Beth's blog too.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Release date: March 30, 2010
Source: ARC from Traveling ARC Tours