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Heart People


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A heart wrenching thrill of a ride that is sure to touch the hearts of readers everywhere

Coming of age love stories are a guilty pleasure of mine, and it was because of this that I immediately knew I had to pick up Heart People by Susan Blumenthal. Upon reading the first few pages I knew that I had made the right choice. Brian and Sara, the young couple that the story circles around, are fleshed out characters that the reader immediately feels drawn towards. I feel changed after completing the novel, and that, to me, is the hallmark of a great novel.

Heart People, as I mentioned, follows Brian and Sara, a young people growing up in the 1960s. Both individuals lead very difficult lives, but upon coming together, they experience a love that takes both courage and compassion, and they forge a relationship that neither of them will soon forget.

Blumenthal has created a young love story that surpasses other novels with similar stories. The relationship she creates between Brian and Sara requires hard work and courage against a turbulent backdrop that threatens to tear them apart. She fleshed out her characters so much so that they nearly leapt from the pages and tore at my heartstrings. While Blumenthal claims that the relationship between Brian and Sara is unsentimental, I couldn't help but feel close to each of them and praise their relationship together.

Loves stories come in all shapes and sizes, and the love story between Brian and Sara is one that sets itself apart from similar literary relationships in the young adult genre. Both individuals have intense histories that wisen them beyond their years. Having gone through such intense histories have matured Brian and Sara to be able to attend to such a strong relationship that is one the reader will not soon forget.

Overall, Heart People by Susen Blumenthal is a coming-of-age story that sets itself apart from the rest. The reader will quickly become consumed by Brian and Sara's relationship and find themselves deep in the throes of young love. If you are looking for your next favorite young adult romance, then you have come to the right place. Heart People will leave you hungry for more!

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Ashley Nestler, MSW is a multi-genre author, poet, bibliotherapist, and mental health specialist. She is an educator on writing and publishing and specializes in fantasy, young adult, and horror. Ashley can be found holed up in her personal library taking down literary quotes and reviewing books.

About the author

I am a seeker of mystery and wild magick. I love ravens, collecting weird sticks and finding bizarre things in the desert. I’m a part time nomad exploring the mountains and deserts of the Southwest, wild land camping in my old RV with my dog and cat. view profile

Published on March 17, 2022

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Young Adult

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