Title: Heart with Joy
Author: Steve Cushman
Series: Stands Alone
Released: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Canterbury House Publishing
Fifteen year old Julian Hale’s life is turned upside down when his mother suddenly moves from North Carolina to Florida under the pretense of running her parents’ motel and finishing the novel she has been writing for years. While Julian has always been closer to his mother and wants to go with her, she tells him he has to stay with his father until the end of the school year
I won a copy of this book 2 years ago and finally got around to reading it this summer and am finally get a quick review put up. Seems like that’s about how far behind I am on getting things reviewed lately.
Heart with Joy is a realistic young adult coming of age story with a male narrator. Not the norm for me. I read a lot of young adult books but rarely with a male narrator unless it is something in the fantasy genre. Julian was far from the stereotypical teenage boy your would expect to find in a young adult book. He enjoys cooking and spending time with an elderly neighbor.
This was a heartwarming story with an important message about following your heart and finding something in your life that brings you joy.
Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book
Content: a handful of swearwords, some talk of sexual situations
Source: Won in a giveaway