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The Shadows We Know by Heart
by Jennifer Park


Overview - In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl's complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house.

Leah Roberts's life hasn't been the same since her brother died ten years ago.  Read more...


 
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Overview
In this haunting and luminescent debut novel, a girl's complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house.

Leah Roberts's life hasn't been the same since her brother died ten years ago. Her mother won't stop drinking, her father can't let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she's told no one: Sasquatches are real, and she's been watching a trio of them in the woods behind her house for years.

Everything changes when Leah discovers that among the sasquatches lives a teenager. This alluring, enigmatic boy has no memory of his past and can barely speak, but Leah can't shake his magnetic pull. Gradually, Leah's life entwines with his, providing her the escape from reality she never knew she needed.

But when Leah's two worlds suddenly collide in a deadly showdown, she uncovers a shocking truth as big and extraordinary as the legends themselves, one that could change her life forever.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481463515
  • ISBN-10: 1481463519
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > > Family - General (see also headings under Social Themes)
Books > > Romance - Contemporary
Books > > Legends, Myths, Fables - General

 
BookPage Reviews

A supernatural romance intertwined with a family mystery

Preacher’s daughter (dresses modestly, doesn’t date, never goes to parties) is the only identity Leah Roberts has—in public, anyway. But when she sneaks out to the woods behind her house, she can be her true self: a girl who’s grieving over a tragedy that splintered her family 10 years ago. And in these woods, she watches a family of fantastic creatures who officially don’t exist. They’re large, vaguely humanoid, covered in hair and known in legend as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

One night a newcomer arrives with the Bigfoot family—a young man who’s surprisingly close to being human. As Leah finds herself drawn to this mysterious stranger, the outside world shifts, too: Her brother’s best friend starts making romantic overtures toward her, and her mother’s perpetually odd behavior becomes stranger than usual. As details of her family’s dark history are slowly revealed, Leah finds herself in a place where the past and the present, humans and non-humans, love and loss coexist . . . and sometimes violently clash.

Part supernatural romance, part mystery and part contemporary realism, The Shadows We Know by Heart blends the psychological suspense of Stephanie Kuehn’s Charm & Strange with traditional legends of Bigfoot, adding a flavor of “Beauty and the Beast” along the way.

This article was originally published in the March 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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