When My Heart Joins the Thousand - A.J. Steiger

It's been a couple of weeks since I finished this book, and I've been struggling to find the words to write this review.  It's often easier to write reviews for books that are flawed, but harder to write reviews for books that I loved, especially when they touched my heart in such a unique way.  When My Heart Joins the Thousand is one of those books.

I feel like this book will fly under the radar this year, and this makes me wish that I had one of those blogs with thousands of readers so that I could share a rave review and instantly have thousands of people rush to their local bookstores to purchase this book.  Alas, I am a small book blog, but my love for this book is REAL.

Our heroine, Alvie, is everything that I have ever hoped for in a contemporary YA heroine.  She's fierce, determined, flawed and perfectly human.  While it's apparent from the early pages of the story that Alvie struggles with fitting in, I loved that this is not the central aspect of the story.  Although it is a book about mental health, it's more about the world not fitting with how Alvie sees and interprets the world around her, and her views are so genuine that her story tore my heart out again and again.  I wanted to jump into the book and rage against the injustices that she faced, but I also tore through page after page, rooting for her along the way.

This book has it all.  It's the sweetest love story, a story of both friendship and something more.  It made me laugh, cry, rage and then run through the whole range of emotions all over again.  When My Heart Joins the Thousand is truly one of those perfectly memorable books and one that will stick with you long after the last page has turned.  Please run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore to get your hands on a copy -- I promise that you won't be disappointed.

Note: An egalley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



  1. Hi Melissa, this looks like a goodie. Please bring this over to Books You Loved: February so everyone can see it. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  2. Haven't heard of this before, it sounds awesome.
    Thanks for the review!

  3. Hi Melissa, the Books You Loved is every month on the first Wednesday (my time). If you would like to get an email reminder just let me know at ca4ole at gmail dot com Cheers


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