The Heart is Not a Size (ARC) by Beth Kephart
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: March 30th, 2010
Age Level: 12+
Disclaimer: Please note that this is an ARC and passages and quotes below are subject to change in the final copy.
Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid.... Or are they? When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters village in the heat-flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a friendship and a life. Certainties unravel. Reality changes. And Georgia is left to figure out who she is outside the world she's always known.
Beth Kephart paints a world filled with emotion, longing, and the hot Mexican sun.
I was going to say that every time I read about our destination, there were fuzzy collisions of optimism and despair, opportunity and danger, welcome and barbed fences. The ghosts of murdered women. The faces of children left behind. The chance to help. The possibility of being helpless.
Georgia; pg. 130
You can't help people who won't help themselves.
You can't chase vanishing acts.
Georgia; pg. 137
Riley didn't so much as rustle her sheets. I couldn't tell if she was sleeping, couldn't know what she was thinking, couldn't confront her, because this is a fact: Silence defeats like nothing else does. There is no fighting it.
Georgia; pg. 231
And that night, as the sun went low on the hills beyond, I remembered Mack, down in the basement in that Main Line space, talking about seeds; and I thought of how responsibility is not just a weight but also those things that you're given the privileged chance to see. To snap into your camera for later, when your home, when time is still the future.
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