Contemporary Dublin provides the setting for the engaging story of a young teenager and her efforts to recover from her nightmares.
The characterisation is sharp and strong, the settings very skilfully etched, the storyline compelling ...
A good book for lower KS3, with lots to think about and a very strong underlying story.
The central voice is extremely engaging.
The strength of the novel lies in Parkinson's ability to balance seriousness of theme with entertaining moments... clever stuff.
Parkinson writes with a light and witty touch, making Heart Shaped a captivating read.
very difficult to put down. The reader is drawn in... and needs to know how it ends.
'The characterisation is sharp and strong, the settings very skilfully etched, the storyline compelling ...'
Excellent... extremely moving.
Poignancy is nicely balanced by wit and literary allusion.
A richness and complexity.
Believable and heart-rending story.
The full picture of love, death and everything in-between... a touching story.
Will suit young teen readers bridging the gap between the domestic dramas of Jacqueline Wilson and the grittier world of young adult books.