Title: Heart Shaped Rock
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Right from the start, I could already feel all the potential this novel has, even though the novel has just begun. The feelings that Shaynee has over the death of her mother is so real. I could feel her grief and pain all across the pages of the book, and I simply found myself crying and crying and crying all night.
Even though I found myself being annoyed at Shaynee most of the time because she was so indecisive and immature, I really enjoyed reading this novel. Her grief has caused her to build up walls around her, and she seemed so close, that no one can even break the walls. The way she treated her brother, Lennox, made me really want to just pull her hair out, but as time went on, I really could understand why she was like that. I’m not saying it’s right, but I really can’t expect her to be the one who should be emotionally stable when she’s only sixteen. But what I really love about Shaynee is that she’d fight for anyone she really cares and loves about. Even though there may be a lot of times she may have hurt others, but she truly loves them.
Of all the characters, I think I love Tiffany, Shaynee’s best friend, the most. She is the best best friend you can ever have. Despite that she has her own emotions to deal with, she still manages to be that safety net and catch Shaynee, always. She was with Shaynee through thick and thin, even though it may have hurt her throughout the entire time.
Dean was amazing. For him to have that bad boy image, but he doesn’t really use it, was really awesome. He is so sweet, so loving and so good that it’d be really dumb to not choose him. Although this may be the case, I didn’t like how the romance development between him and Shaynee. Dean’s side was rather cute, but Shaynee’s? Not so much. It was like a love at first sight, and she was too obsessed with Dean that it was irritating.
Heart-Shaped Rock is a beautiful, heart-warming story of loss, grief, family, friendship, love and most importantly, life. Shaynee’s story revolved around the lesson: life doesn’t stop. We have to keep on moving. We don’t have to let go of things, but rather, we have to learn how to accept and live with them.