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