The Shape of My Heart

The Shape of My Heart

eBook - 2014
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Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school--only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin HQN, [2014]
ISBN: 9781322428482
1322428484
9781460343425
1460343425
0373779852
9780373779857
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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skyekilaen
Apr 04, 2018

I loved so many things about this friends-to-lovers new adult romance between roommates Courtney, a purple-haired bi girl from a wealthy Jewish family, and Max, a formerly homeless mechanic working his way through college. The banter between these two is amazingly funny. Found family is one of my favorite tropes, and theirs is lovely and diverse. Courtney and Max fall for each other for all the right reasons, and their reactions to the obstacles that come up seem age-appropriate for college students without being immature. I adored the epilogue, too, which takes place years after the book. Totally satisfying HEA, which is what I read romance for!

The pacing? A little funky. I felt like I was reading a series of novellas about these characters that each had their own arc, rather than one book with its own long arc. The road trip that begins the change in Courtney and Max's relationship moves along SO fast and has so many punchy/seemingly-climactic emotional moments that I had a hard time getting home from the trip with these two and realizing that I had the rest of their book to read. But if you can work with that, the spark between these two and their dialogue is well worth it.

Diversity note: Max's mother was from Paraguay. Her death in his early childhood means he wasn't connected to her culture, and we aren't told whether he thinks of himself as Latino, but his background does affect his experience, at least with Courtney's family.

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