How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow

How to Excavate a Heart

Jake Maia Arlow

fiction lgbtqia+ romance young adult emotional funny hopeful fast-paced

384 pages | first published 2022

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Becky Albertalli meets Casey McQuiston in this sapphic Jewish twist on the classic Christmas enemies-to-lovers rom-com, as college freshman Shani’s internship is interrupted by a whirlwind winter fling. It all starts when Shani runs into May. L...
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funny 80%
emotional 60%
hopeful 50%
lighthearted 50%
inspiring 40%
reflective 40%
relaxing 20%
adventurous 10%
challenging 10%


medium 50%
fast 50%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 77% | A mix: 22%

Strong character development?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 12%

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