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When the Man with No Name breaks Emma's heart, she wants to die. But you never die from these things; you just want to. In a moment of weakness, she wishes her broken heart away and a mysterious stranger--who may or may not be totally evil--obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart spread across the country,When the Man with No Name breaks Emma's heart, she wants to die. But you never die from these things; you just want to. In a moment of weakness, she wishes her broken heart away and a mysterious stranger--who may or may not be totally evil--obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart spread across the country, a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it, and leads inevitably to a confrontation with the Man with No Name himself!...

Title : Heart in a Box
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ISBN : 9781616556945
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Heart in a Box Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-05-06 00:52

    The Man with No Name breaks Emma's heart and she gets a chance to get rid of her heart to feel no more pain. But she soon realize that a life without a heart she has no life...This graphic novel was a big surprise for me. I hoped it would be enjoyable to read. The art was a bit meh for me in the beginning, then it grew on me and in the end I came to love it. The same goes for the story. I was a bit confused when it came to the heart of the cat; I was afraid Brock had been run over or something. Then, I went back and read the pages again and I think my heart brook a bit when I realized what the cat had done. Without doubt the best part of the Heart in a Box. But that can be because I love cats.This is a wonderful graphic novel. I loved the humor, the sadness and how wonderfully lovely the story could be sometimes. The ending was truly great. Read it!I received this copy from Dark Horse Originals through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

  • Lauren
    2019-05-16 20:52

    Updated review: 14/02/2018 - Still a 5 star read. The artwork was superb and the storytelling wonderful. I ended up identifying with Emma on so many levels and will definitely re-read it again in the future.Original review: What a lovely surprise of a book! I bought this graphic novel on a whim and I am very glad I did. Heart in a Box is an affecting read which follows Emma Elliot as she tries to piece her heart back together after a painful break-up. We follow her as she journeys across America, visiting myriad people in an attempt at making her heart whole once again.The concept was brilliant and perfectly executed. The dialogue was sharp and the illustrations were superb. (I particularly loved Emma's eyes). And Bob was great! He looked like a human devil *swoons* Heart in a Box is a perfect example of concise and effective storytelling - it isn't a long read (160 pages) and yet it embodies the whole story. We follow one woman on a life-changing rediscovery of herself and Thompson makes this look effortless. I shall definitely be checking out her other work!I now feel inspired to take up the pen myself and have my way on paper. Perhaps I shall.If you want a great little graphic novel to read in this lovely sunshine, Heart in a Box is definitely the way to go!

  • Sesana
    2019-05-02 00:58

    I'm obviously in the minority here, but I just wasn't feeling this one. I had too many questions about how the whole heart thing worked. Which means that either there really was a lot that was left unanswered or worse, that I couldn't engage in the story enough to suspend my disbelief. Maybe less pieces of heart would have been better, I don't know.

  • Selena
    2019-05-24 03:55

    Holy moly, for a book so short this is an emotional roller coaster.This is the story of a girl whose heart is broken by a two-timing jerkwad. She wishes her heart away and after a while realizes what a big mistake that was. Now she has to travel the country to get it back through any means possible.This is a graphic novel that will pull at your heart strings. Friends are met and lost. You'll be on the edge of your seat for parts and breathing sighs of relief at close calls. You won't want to put this down.

  • Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
    2019-05-16 03:37

    Initial review: OH MY GOD SUCH PERFECTION BUT I WILL HAVE TO STOP CRYING FIRST TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK AND WRITE ABOUT HOW INCREDIBLE THIS IS! PICK IT UP AND READ IT WHILE I GET MYSELF TOGETHER!More thought out review: My thoughts could not be contained in a comment so they are in this video:

  • mith
    2019-04-30 02:44

    This was spectacular. I hope she gets reunited with Brock, but that's unlikely. Kinda confused as to what happened with piece number four, but that's irrelevant. Def gonna check out the other books these two wrote/drew/whatever.

  • Rogene Carter
    2019-05-17 03:42

    A rollercoaster of a graphic novel that took me from the highest highs to the lowest lows in just 161 pages. Fantastic.

  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    2019-05-16 02:38

    I'm not overly familiar with graphic novels - but I really liked this one! It's poignant, sad, sweet - I see why everyone is raving. I like the illustration style and the story is well done.

  • Justine
    2019-05-25 03:40

    I received this graphic novel in my October LandFallFreight. I didn't know what to expect from it at first but I was very happy with it. I love the artwork and I loved the overall story. The endin was not what I was expecting but it was brilliant. My favourite character is Brock lol. I'm hoping that there is a second book because I want to see if she gets all the pieces back to their owners. I would recommend this novel to everyone.

  • China
    2019-05-09 02:35

    I got this book as an ebook ARC from Edelweiss.This was fantastic. The story is about a girl who has her heart wished away and after seeing how bad it is without feeling has to go on a journey to get the pieces back to make her whole.First of all, the illustrations were beautiful. Absolutely stunning. The colors were perfect and everything just looked amazing. The frames weren't too busy and every thing flowed. Nothing was abrasive about the way it was setup. The story was wonderful too. Through all her hardships, she realized that having a heart is so much better; that having emotion is what makes us alive. The ending was so perfect. It was so heartfelt and made me just so happy. Well composed and well written. This story had an easy time pulling on my heartstrings. The main character, Emma, was so easy to relate too...I know that many people have gone through hard times and felt like nothing mattered. This story just really spoke to me. I'd gladly recommend this to other people. It was a perfect blend of illustration, story-telling and above all else, heart.

  • Skye Kilaen
    2019-05-23 21:54

    Heart in a Box opens with a woman in a brutal fight, which ends in the death of her opponent... and a promise there's an explanation for this. The explanation? Emma had a terrible breakup, and made a really bad decision. She made a deal to keep herself from feeling so bad. And it turns out, from feeling anything at all. What follows is her quest to reclaim her heart, which leads to some pretty dark places. I rooted for Emma all the way, even as she wrestled with her conscience about the fallout from her choices. Life isn't always pretty. But by the end of the book, Emma has grown. And I doubt she'll make the same mistakes twice. I first came across Thompson from her comics blogging, and I'm so thrilled to see her pursuing this path with her writing. She's very talented. McClaren's art may not be for everyone. It's a bit complicated. But it makes you love the characters, since it's clear she loves them so much herself. They all have great hair, too.

  • Matthew Galloway
    2019-05-19 00:44

    I got the ARC of this free from Edelweiss.I really enjoyed the story and the message. The art was unique and lovely.This is a tale that has an interesting -- and mostly unexplained -- mythology behind it all. it doesn't matter that it's left as glimpses, because we get enough to make it tantalizing. What's going on in the foreground is both an exploration of the way we relate to others and how we deal with the fallout when those relationships become sour. I mean, yeah, on the surface it's about a woman who is searching for the pieces of her heart, but in a way it's also just showing us more pointedly what we really do in life when we're focused on something we really want... The ways our pain can sometimes spread to others, but also how sometimes we can use that same pain to make things better.My only gripe -- which takes this down a star -- is that I wish it were longer. I wanted just a bit more meat.

  • Ian Roditi
    2019-04-27 01:59

    Get your shit together, heart.It's all in pieces, I know.It's not easy, I know.You want to be whole again, I know.But if you do it right, you'll be bigger, better and in more pieces and places than before, but in a good way.If not... well, keep reading untill you get it.

  • Francesca
    2019-05-26 20:56

    It was good, it was different, it was interesting, it was special, but too many questions were left with no answer.

  • Tsedai
    2019-04-30 01:49

    Heart in a Box is the story of a girl named Emma who has just gone through a breakup, and wishes that she could get rid of her her heart so that she will no longer have to deal with the emotions of pain and loneliness. Of course, after "Bob" shows up to grant her wish, she realizes having no heart is worse than having a broken one, and goes on a journey to reunite the pieces of her lost heart.This is one of those sorts of stories where I the entire time I was reading it I was like, "yes." The author just gets it. From the awesome gay best friend to the need to do weird shit to your hair after a traumatic event, everything in this story just felt so connected to reality, despite the fact that the entire plot is based on a fantastical heart loss and reclamation system. The character's journey takes her on an epic cross country road trip, with stops in several major cities. I haven't been to all of the places Emma visits, but I've been to enough of them to appreciate the authentic vibe the writer and illustrator have given the setting. Mostly, though, it is being able to identify and empathize with Emma on every step of her journey that sells this story. Granted, Emma's actual situation is a bit unique, as are many of the ordeals she must face on her quest, but the emotional issues she deals with are universal and completely understandable.The art in this graphic novel is unique, strange, and beautiful. It took a little while for me to adapt to the style, but it is visually striking and suits the story. The artwork really started to grow on me after a bit, and I really fell in love with it by the end of the story. The visuals greatly contribute to the feel of the characters and setting as the story progress. It is incredibly well integrated with the story being told.Overall I think this is a fantastic story, with beautiful art, and a charming and heartfelt message. I love all of the characters and how they interact with each other and the world around them. The book feels effortlessly truthful in a way that many other stories strive for, yet fail to achieve. It is depressing, heartwarming, entertaining, and thought provoking, all while being a quick read. It leaves a lasting impression, and is a story I'm sure I'll want to revisit in the future. Highly recommended.

  • Krutula
    2019-05-21 21:57

    When the Man with No Name breaks Emma's heart, she wants to die. But you never die from these things; you just want to. In a moment of weakness, she wishes her broken heart away and a mysterious stranger--who may or may not be totally evil--obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart spread across the country, a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it, and leads inevitably to a confrontation with the Man with No Name himself!Heart in a Box has a very interesting plot - the concept of hearts being a commodity that can be wished away and traded. When Emma gets her heart broken by a guy (Man with No Name, seriously - his name is never mentioned), she wishes that she could get away from her feelings; essentially she wishes her heart away an agent, a Acquisitions one, comes to take it. Naturally, later she realizes what a big mistake it was to give your heart away, and asks for it back. He tells her that her the pieces of her heart are scattered, and she will have to go get them back, whichever means works. The means of getting a heart and varied, as well as the ways of giving them. There is forcibly taking by death, willingly wishing it away, or leaving a piece behind. What I found beautiful in the story was how initially she had to take a piece by violence, but as the story progresses, she gets it by love. She even questions whether to get it, the call of her heart and the feelings of it a strong lure, but the methods hurting her even more. It was sad, but touching, and the story's open ending fits the flow so well.This was one of the few graphic novels I have appreciated; a beautiful story being the focus and not the artwork. The artist does have a good style, and the fact that Emma's character was drawn as an average woman, not an 'ideal' woman was bonus points in its favor. Her overly huge eyes - almost cartoon-ish, were a bit distracting, though. Overall, I enjoyed this book, so much so that I was surprised when it got over so soon. Received a free galley from Dark Horse Originals via Edelweiss; this does not affect my opinions or review.

  • Shelly
    2019-05-18 04:38

    Picked up on many recommendations from friends.Basic Plot: Emma is going through a break-up and in a moment of anguish, gives up her heart so she is left without the pain.Waking up empty, she wants her heart back and goes on a journey to find her missing peaces. Meeting people (and cats) along the way.Firstly the protagonist is very body positive. She is draw like a real women, and I don't mean this in a 'Real Women Have Curves'. I just mean, she is real. Her body is all different shapes in different places. When tired and moody, she looks it. Her emotion is shown on her fave and she is not made to look pretty all the time.When dealing with a break-up, she changes her look drastically. I recognized this in myself and many other people. When life changes you, often you want to change, so you change look in a drastic and unplanned way.The story, following Emma as she gives up her heart and knits it back together after a break-up. Although depicted in a magical way, I felt it was very grounded in real life. Having to meet new people and work through her problems, while going through her grief. Emma does this in a very unique way and I love the literal take on all her feelings. It's portrayed in a very human and thoughtful way.Without giving away the ending, it makes Emma look at the effect and relationship she has put onto other people. She has built something in her head, without validation, and someone has torn it down.The art work is confusing at times, I had trouble seeing what I was looking at. But the colour grading throughout the book is stunning. From dull- to full colour depending on emotion and heart state.I would highly recommend it to anyone but especially someone going through a break up.

  • Michael Conland
    2019-05-26 00:04

    I don't really know what to make of this. I've not got a huge amount of experience with graphic novels, so there are some aspects I just have nothing to say about.The illustration was pleasing enough. I wasn't really sure where this was meant to be pitched. Is it a teen sort of novel or is it meant to be adult? Given some of the scenes, I'd presume the latter.That being said though, I don't know that I'd rate the written content or concept as all that adult.The protagonist gives up her heart and has to retrieve the pieces. Thinking back on it as a concept, I actually really like it. I think it has a lot of potential, but unfortunately I don't think this really uses it. There's very little pacing and the retrieval of each heart piece is simply too quick, with little anticipation. There's never any indication of failure. In the case of a couple of them I'm not even really sure how she got them back. I think that would be my main complaint. The whole thing felt underdeveloped. The story itself works, but it lacks any real meat. If it had been bulked up to give it a little more suspense and some room to explain itself, I think I'd have quite enjoyed this.It's also ridiculously short. It's billed as a graphic novel but I was through the whole lot in an hour, maybe less. I know they tend to be quick reads by their nature, but I was surprised at just how little was written here.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-17 23:46

    "Heart in a Box" presents interesting concepts - to be careful with what we wish for and the need to experience negative emotions in the grieving process. However, despite having enjoyed the base concepts, the execution was only average-poor.There are so many things in the plot that aren’t explained. The narrative, that tries to be deep, becomes inconsistent. The heart division process is not explained, as it is not focused how the heart fragments are distributed across multiple characters. Above all, the main character, in her quest to gather her heart, only uses every character she meets. All the journey seems random and the introduced characters didn’t bring anything to the plot.I liked the drawing and colouring, but honestly can’t get past the flaws pointed out. When I finished reading the graphic novel I gave it 3 stars, pointing more to 2.5. However, the more I think about the story, more I consider that the actual ratting is 1.5-star....

  • Jessica
    2019-04-30 21:47

    There's something inspiring about this story. Emma has just had her heart broken. In the midst of the pain and turmoil, she wishes her heart away. Her journey begins here. A journey to piece her heart back together. While the synopsis may sound chic flick sequel, it was so much more than that for me. This a story everyone on the planet can relate to, a broken heart. It's emotional and raw and honest. Mending ones heart is never easy. It takes a lot of time, tears, pain, and will power to feel whole again. But the journey can take to incredible places your emotions may not have been able to feel otherwise. And your heart can be mended bit by bit by the most unlikely moments and people. Emma's story shows us that everyone deserves love and happiness.

  • Susan Gualtier
    2019-05-14 00:51

    I bought this book from Meredith McClaren at a convention, and I'm happy to say that I really loved it. The artwork was beautiful and I really enjoyed the characters. There was a little more grit than I would have liked in this type of story, mostly just because it made me worry for the safety of the cat. However, for the most part, it was a poignant story, and I found it to be pretty relatable.(view spoiler)[Spoiler regarding that cat... he turns out just fine. I didn't understand why he ran away, though... I wanted to see him find his home. In my head, he went and found Pete and they'll all be reunited. :) (hide spoiler)]

  • Allyson Tuggle
    2019-05-21 02:05

    What a creative and interesting read! I enjoyed reading this graphic novel. Our main character is likable and relatable. She's a 'real' woman.. a 'real' human being. The art style is beautiful. The coloring is a bit on the pale side for my taste. In all, I think it all works well and fits the story.

  • Asphodel Sternberg
    2019-05-10 01:38

    Simple yet complex and thought provoking. Do you have all the pieces of your heart? Who have you given them to? Have they returned the favor and given you a piece of theirs? What happens when you give away more pieces than you receive?

  • Ir Bing
    2019-05-11 23:00

    Si es difícil saber qué hacer cuando te rompen el corazón y creo que esta es una guia de los don't y de que todo va a estar bien. Paulatinamente.

  • Alice Rachel
    2019-05-16 23:47

    I liked the drawings in this book. The story was original though there weren't enough explanations about Bob's job. It was a cute, interesting read.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-02 00:37

    Read #1Started on March 31, 2017Started on April 1, 20173.5 stars

  • Lexie
    2019-05-23 21:05

    :sniffles: That is all.--Heart in a Box explores a lot of different issues in sometimes poignant, very often painful ways. Family, loss, betrayal, friendship, love, companionship - but none of that is what caught me and kept me reading. What kept me reading was the honest sincerity of it all.I've never been in Emma place, but I've been hurt and I can relate to those feelings if not that experience. The aching gulf of betrayal when you realize you gave your heart to someone who didn't care, that feeling of detachment from it all because why bother? The knowledge, whether true or not, that you just weren't enough. That rage because how could they do this to you.Its a feeling anyone who has ever cared about another person understands. And for Emma, The Man With No Name was just the latest in a series of heart breaks where she lacked any ability to take control of the situation.Look its not easy caring, especially if you care with all your heart like Emma does. When you go all in on someone, when you think your future and theirs are so intertwined there is no future without them...its so much easier to just NOT. Not care. Not try. Give up. Not die, but just really. And Emma experiences that firsthand when she's offered a chance to give up her heart by Bob. Its a little unclear whether its her literal heart or not (there's a physicality to it that I'll explain a bit more later), but the effect is immediate. Emma goes from bright colors to drab dreary grays and brown as she "lives" her life without a heart. She no longer has the pain of the betrayal from the Man With No Name, but she also can't find any sort of interest in the rest of life either.Thus does she try to re-negotiate with Bob (who's just a middleman really) to gain her heart back. But as with anything in life, something worth having is immensely harder to retake then give up sending Emma on a cross-country trip to find the pieces of her heart that have been spread across several sources.I mentioned earlier some confusion over whether Emma physically lost her heart, or if it was metaphorical sort of thing. Bob tells her she needs to collect the pieces of her heart that she needs to recover and put them inside a box. One of the first people she comes across, someone who also deals in the heart (so to speak), she needs to PHYSICALLY get the piece from him. Later its a matter of having it, more or less, willed back to her.Looking back at her journey it follows a pattern that not only let's her get her heart back, but also able to deal with the ramifications (all the painful painful ramifications) of getting it back. She's a much stronger person by the end for having gone on the journey and met the people she did. As an allegory to how we deal with pain and learn from it, Thompson (who I already know can do a superb job at handling these issues--see The Girl Who Would Be King or her current run on the Jem and the Holograms: Showtime comic--is thoughtful and doesn't exclude that sometimes the answer isn't to forget, but to remember.McClaren, whose artwork I'm less familiar with, is a very good foil to the story. The sometimes minimalist scenes or exaggerated moments blend perfectly with Thompson's story telling.I highly recommend this graphic novel.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-15 00:41

    It's been over a month since I read this, so my thoughts might be a little muddled, but here we go.When Emma's boyfriend (The Name With No Name) breaks Emma's heart, she wishes she could be rid of it so she can stop hurting. Her wish is granted, but after experiencing the listlessness of feeling nothing, she finds herself wanting it back. However, it's been broken into 7 pieces and dispersed. To get them back, Emma must embark on a roadtrip across the country and track them all down.As you can gather from the summary, this book has a pretty unique premise. Does Thompson pull it off? Mostly, I'd argue. This comic is very short, so it felt rushed in some aspects (the mechanisms of the heart stuff was a bit confusing at times), but it was also a very poignant read that benefited from its economic page count. Emma is a full-realized character and Thompson's writing of her was really spot-on, but where she really shone was in her body language and facial expressions. Meredith McClaren's art is what really breathed life into this book. It has a weird, almost manga-like, style to it that initially caught me off guard, but I acclimatized, I couldn't imagine it any other way. The exaggerated style really highlights the emotions and a lot is conveyed to the reader using very little - a feat that looks easy, but is most definitely not. With Thompson's astute writing and McClaren's evocative art, they bring the very real pain and heartache that comes with heartbreaks to life. The first several pages of this were relatable in a very real and uncomfortable way. There were a few other touching moments too, such as when (view spoiler)[the cat gives his piece of Emma's heart back to her, but then doesn't recognize her anymore and runs away. ;__; That scene could've been so corny and contrived, but Thompson and McClaren make it work. (hide spoiler)]This wasn't what I was initially expecting, but I enjoyed it all the same. It certainly has its flaws, but it's emotional core really holds it together and kept me along for the ride.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-17 01:02

    I do believe that my own heart might be a bit broken after reading this. Most of us have suffered heartbreak at one point in our lives. I think all of us have at some point wished we could just rip it out, in an effort make the pain stop. That's why Heart in a Box is so amazing. It's a concept that everyone can relate to, wrapped up in a fascinating story.Let's start with Emma's character, and the fact that I totally loved her. Here was a woman who I could totally get behind. She looks like a real person. She acts like a real person. She makes terrible decisions on a whim, mostly due to heartbreak, like a real person. What I'm attempting to explain is that Emma is easy to love. Even if the story didn't always make perfect sense, she was what I hung onto. This perfectly flawed woman who just wanted to feel whole again.Which brings me to the fact that everything isn't laid out in black and white. Kelly Thompson's story assumes that you're ready to let go of reality, and be swept away. Once I stopped trying to figure out exactly how Brock and his offer worked, I found myself enjoying this much more. It's a story about love and loss. About accepting the pain, with the joy, and sometimes letting someone else have a little piece of you. If you're willing to let it, Emma's story will quickly pull you in.Look, I enjoyed this. That's the long, and the short of it. I especially love Meredith McClaren's slightly gritty, and toned down illustrations. I'm going to be on the lookout for more from these two for sure!

  • Amy Westgarth
    2019-04-30 22:00

    I can't recall reading a graphic novel before, but Book Club required me to find and read one this month. I was kind of dreading it as I don't fully understand the point of graphic novels. If I'm supposed to be looking at the drawings, why aren't I watching a cartoon? If I'm supposed to be reading the words, why can't I read a regular book? I still don't totally get it, but my experience of reading this certainly wasn't as bad as I feared it was going to be. I liked that the speech wasn't in naff round speech bubbles and the characters didn't say things like "crikey", or carry slingshots in their back pockets à la The Beano. Protagonist Emma was sassy and some of the wordplay between her and Bob was quite witty. The drawings were good, but nothing that new or original in style. Emma getting the pieces of her broken heart back was an interesting idea in theory, but didn't work so well in practice. I didn't get why the pieces ended up in such a wide variety of characters. It also wasn't totally clear to me how she got them all back, if she even did. I liked her character and the bit of family back-story, but to me this adventure fell a little short. I wouldn't mind seeing Emma return in other stories though. Overall I liked it, but I probably won't remember much about it in 6 months' time.