Monday, April 20, 2015

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby [Review]

Things We Know by Heart5 out of 5 Robots!

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: April 21, 2015
Hardcover:  304 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Admittedly, I approached this book cautiously.  Knowing the the subject matter, I was worried it would come across like Hallmark Channel movie. But I'm so glad I read it because, I adored this book.  Absolutely adored. It was just so well done.  It managed to pull on my heartstrings in a way that most books (especially contemporaries) don't.  I NEVER cry (unless an animal dies) and this one got me a little verklempt.  But not necessarily because it is sad, although Quinn's grief is palpable.  But it was her struggle with her feelings for Colton and the guilt she had over them that resonated with me.  I thought it was very realistic and showed how hard the process of moving on really is.

There was also the issue of know that at some point Quinn has to reveal who she really is to Colton and it is probably going to be a trainwreck.  But I was rooting so hard for these two that I was anxious about the Big Reveal.  They really help each other put their lives back together and find ways to live each day as the best day. It is exactly what the each need. I love these kinds of bittersweet, yet hopeful stories.  This book was really well written from beginning to end and I highly recommend it!

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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