How to Excavate a Heart (Compact Disc)
November/December 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“After her mom nearly runs over a cute girl, fate gives Shani the perfect meet-cute. A wonderful mix of Jewish holidays, science lesbian protagonists, and a corgi — what else could you ask for? Arlow’s YA debut grew my heart ten times bigger!”
— Andrea Carrasco, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Stonewall Honor author Jake Maia Arlow delivers a sapphic Jewish twist on the classic Christmas rom-com in a read perfect for fans of Kelly Quindlen and Casey McQuiston.
It all starts when Shani runs into May. Like, literally. With her mom's Subaru.
Attempted vehicular manslaughter was not part of Shani's plan. She was supposed to be focusing on her monthlong paleoichthyology internship. She was going to spend all her time thinking about dead fish and not at all about how she was unceremoniously dumped days before winter break.
It could be going better.
But when a dog-walking gig puts her back in May's path, the fossils she's meant to be diligently studying are pushed to the side--along with the breakup.
Then they're snowed in together on Christmas Eve. As things start to feel more serious, though, Shani's hurt over her ex-girlfriend's rejection comes rushing back. Is she ready to try a committed relationship again, or is she okay with this just being a passing winter fling?