Book Review: Hearts Unbroken, Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hearts Unbroken

Cynthia Leitich Smith


Everyone has their thing. Being a football player, an all A student, a baker, whatever it is, you’re proud of it. For Louise, it’s being a Native American journalist. She is very conscious of the fact that she is Native in an almost all white community. So when her boyfriend Cam makes fun of Native people, she’s had enough. Louise barely misses him. She has her new group of journalist friends, and there’s that one boy who catches Louise’s eye: Joey.

When their drama teacher casts the spring musical – The Wizard of Oz – colorblind, the whole community is in an uproar. Joey and Louise go around town and capture different sides of the story for their school newspaper. In doing so, they spend a lot of time together. As the controversy of the play rises, so does the heat between Joey and Louise. Although, maybe dating isn’t the best thing to do at the moment…

Follow the story of a brave young lady fighting for what she thinks is right. Cheer Louise on as she helps her society think differently and as she discovers what’s right for herself in the process. Hearts Unbroken is a beautiful story of turning a public scandal into something to be proud of. Reading this book, you will learn how to fight against controversy and how to be proud of who you are, no matter what anyone says.


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