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Conditions of a Heart

February 20

Illustrated cover for Conditions of a Heart. A teenage girl with long brown hair looks slightly away. She is wearing silver hoop earrings and a cream colored turtleneck. Her ribcage is showing through the sweater, and there are colorful butterflies spilling out of it and flying around her. A teenage boy is turned to look toward her. He has dark brown hair and a black t-shirt on.Conditions of a Heart by Bethany Mangle
Margaret K. McElderry Books

Brynn Kwan is desperate for her high school persona to be real. That Brynn is head of the yearbook committee, the favorite for prom queen, and definitely not crumbling from a secret disability that’s rapidly wearing her down. If no one knows the truth about her condition, Brynn doesn’t have to worry about the pitying looks or accusations of being a faker that already destroyed her childhood friendships. She’s even willing to let go of her four-year relationship with her first love, Oliver, rather than reveal that a necessary surgery was the reason she ignored his existence for the entire summer.

But after Brynn tries to break up a fight at a pep rally and winds up barred from all her clubs and senior prom, she has nothing left to prop up her illusion of being just like everyone else. During a week-long suspension from school, she realizes that she doesn’t quite recognize the face in the mirror—and it’s not because of her black eye from the fight. With a healthy sister who simply doesn’t understand and a confused ex-boyfriend who won’t just take a hint and go away like a normal human being, Brynn begins to wonder if it’s possible to reinvent her world by being the person she thought no one herself.


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