'The characterisation is sharp and strong, the settings very skilfully etched, the storyline compelling ...'
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.