Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - Heart With Joy (10/26/10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser comes from Heart With Joy by Steve Cushman. Here's a scene with Julian, the main character, and his father after his father saves someone's life in the grocery store:
"Sure, Dad," I said. But I didn't want him to go. I wanted him to explain to me what had just happened, how you could save someone's life and want nothing more than to distance yourself from the event and not want to talk about it. ~ pg. 50

In Heart With Joy, fifteen-year-old Julian Hale’s life is turned upside down when his mother suddenly moves from North Carolina to Venice, Florida under the pretense of running her parents’ motel and finishing the novel she has been working on for years.  While Julian has always been closer to his mother and wants to go with her, she tells him he has to stay with his father until the end of the school year.

Six weeks after his mother leaves, Julian’s father decides to run a marathon.  This surprises Julian because he has never seen his father exercise, but once he agrees to help him train the two develop the sort of close relationship they’ve never had before.  Also, with the help of an elderly neighbor, Julian learns that the most important thing in life is to follow your heart.  And Julian’s heart leads him to a passion for cooking and a young cashier at the local grocery store.  By the end of the novel, Julian is forced to choose between staying with his father and going to live with his mother.

Heart With Joy is an uplifting coming of age novel about cooking and bird watching, about writing and pottery, and about falling in love and the sacrifices we all make.  But ultimately, it’s about the importance of following your heart and trusting that it will take you where you need to go. 


*Description taken from Goodreads

2 comments:

Bere said...

Fantastic teaser, Nikki! I've never heard of Heart with Joy before but it sounds like a very sweet book. I'll definitely be on the lookout for it. Thanks, Nikki! =)

~The Book Pixie said...

Heart with Joy is a favoite of mine! Julian was just so sweet and respectable and I loved the simplicity of the book and the fact that it's main focus was on non-romantic relatonships, such as ones with friends and family. There was still some romance but only a little which I found refreshig. Great teaser! :D

~Briana

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