ARC Review: How to Excavate a Heart

How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow
Pub date: 01 Nov 2022 by Harper Teen

What can you expect from this YA/NA holiday romcom? 

  • An impactful meet-cute (when you read the book you’ll understand why I’m hilarious)
  • Jewish lesbians at Christmastime – Merry Jewmas!
  • A corgi who wears little booties. In the snow. So his little feetsies don’t get cold!!
  • Dead fish. Well, like ancient fish fossils. But yeah, dead fish.
  • Googling how to pronounce “paleichthyology”
  • Hallmark movie vibes
  • Getting snowed in on Christmas Eve (wink, wink)
  • Women in STEM
  • A 96-year-old woman who is only afraid of two things: spiders and fascism
  • Lots of messy feelings
  • Banter to make you laugh, real and raw feelings to make you cry
  • Discussions of past sexual assault, so check your content warnings

And if that list isn’t enough to get you to read this book, then I can’t help you because you obviously have no soul.  😂

Thank you to NetGalley and to Harper Collins Children’s Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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